Grotto Canyon Icewalk


  • 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

  • Watch ice climbers on a massive wall of ice


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 provides 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 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.

Tour info

4 hours
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Why take this tour?

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 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’s included?

  • Professional guide

  • Ice cleats

  • Hiking pole

  • Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate

  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)

  • Pick up from the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel.

  • Optional gratuities

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Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 4h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

As per the order of the Government of Alberta due to the Covid 19 pandemic, guests over the age of 12 years old will need to produce government proof of vaccination at check in time for their tour.

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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About operator:

Discover Banff Tours provides small personalized tours in Banff National Park. We offer activities in both summer and winter for individuals and groups. Our tours are smaller giving you plenty of time to chat with our friendly, local and professionally trained guides.

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