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Grotto Canyon Icewalk

From US$62.96
  • Ride in comfort from downtown Banff to the trailhead and back
  • Have an experienced guide take you on a winter hike on a frozen creek
  • Learn about Banff National Park geology and the history of the rock paintings
Grotto Canyon Icewalk
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8:30am Departure
Departs at 8:30am

Leave your gear at home but still have an opportunity to take a guided hike through the frozen landscape in Grotto Canyon. Your tour includes everything you will need to navigate the icy canyon just outside the gates of Banff National Park. Here is your chance to take a winter hike with an experienced guide to see the frozen beauty of the Canadian Rockies.

What to Expect

Set out early from behind the Mount Royal Hotel on Banff Avenue to the Grotto Canyon for your 2.6-mile (4.2-kilometer) hike. Your guide will provide you with poles and ice cleats to help you make your way along the frozen creek.

Trek past rock paintings and interesting rock formations, as you learn the history and geology of the area. Stop near the frozen falls that form a wall of ice; there may be ice climbers out to watch as you rest. You'll also enjoy a light snack and a cup of hot chocolate along the way.

Head back to the trailhead and your warm waiting vehicle to take you back to the Banff townsite.

Reviews (15)
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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile
First Timers

My wife and I visited Banff for her birthday in April. We wanted to do a fun activity that would be outdoors and also allow us to learn a little about the area surrounding Banff with the limited time we had. This ice walk ticked...More

Thank andobag
DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2018

Hi there, Thanks for joining us on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk tour and for sharing your experience and photos. This is one of our favourite winter tours as while not as well known as Johnston Canyon, it means we're more likely to have the canyon...More

Reviewed 5 April 2018
Snow Shoe to Marble Canyon

This was one of our best days! We had so much fun with Matt and the group. I would have paid twice what they charged for that tour, it was incredible!!More

Thank Maf970
DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on the snowshoeing tour to Marble Canyon with Matt. Isn't it fun stomping around in the snow? It's amazing how much snow the canyon has compared with the Banff townsite - it's the perfect...More

Reviewed 15 March 2018
Very Informative, super fun!

We had a great time on the Grotto Canyon Ice walk. Our guide Gina was very knowledgable and pointed our lots of interesting details that we would have missed without her. She gave us tons of information throughout the whole tour. We loved it!More

Thank 332erin
DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Hi Erin, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Gina. Aren't the ancient pictographs amazing? While the canyon is stunning, we hope that our guides add to the experience with their enthusiasm and knowledge - and we...More

Reviewed 14 March 2018
Grotto Canyon Icewalk- hidden gem!

Our tour guide, Jordan, made this tour so worth it! He was very helpful, good-humored, and encouraging. We were able to be picked up at a nearby hotel in Canmore and he had all the gear we needed. I had worn shoes that possibly could...More

Thank Alayne C
DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Hi Alayne, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Jordan (we appreciate you also taking the time to review us on Google as well!). While Johnston Canyon is our most popular winter hike, this is our...More

Reviewed 8 March 2018
Amazing tour guide, Becca!

My tour guide, Becca, made our tour so much fun! She included everyone in the group and stopped by whenever we saw wildlife! She actually dropped us off closer to the restaurant we were trying to get to (instead of our hotel), which was very...More

Thank Simran P
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15 April 2018|
Response from Simran P | Reviewed this property |
They don’t operate the grotto ice walk in June as the ice is melted. I went in February and they give you cleats for the ice but snow shoes are recommended for the walk down to the grotto.
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