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Grotto Canyon Icewalk
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Grotto Canyon Icewalk

By Discover Banff Tours
Recommended by 97% of travellers
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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.
from
C$95.85
per adult
from
C$95.85
per adult

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Ages 8-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English

Highlights
  • 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

  • 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.
What's not included
  • Optional gratuities

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.

Departure details
  • Mount Royal Hotel, 138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada All guests must wait at the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 138 Banff Ave. You must be ready 5 minutes prior to the 8:10am departure time.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3827GC

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years. All children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by someone 18 years and older.
  • All adults must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or guardian of any child under the age of 18.
  • Guests should dress in ski wear for this trip including hats, mittens, and warm boots. A detailed list of items to wear and bring is provided on your voucher.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

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

How much is Grotto Canyon Icewalk?
Grotto Canyon Icewalk price starts from C$97.73. Discover and book Grotto Canyon Icewalk on Tripadvisor
What is the Grotto Canyon Icewalk cancellation policy?
Grotto Canyon Icewalk cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Grotto Canyon Icewalk on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Grotto Canyon Icewalk?
Grotto Canyon Icewalk is hosted by Discover Banff Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Discover Banff Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Grotto Canyon Icewalk on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Grotto Canyon Icewalk?
On average, this experience will take approximately 4h. Discover and book Grotto Canyon Icewalk on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3827GC

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

clarehat
clarehat
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Beautiful walk with a fantastic guide
I was lucky to have the Heidi as a guide who was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Canyon, wildlife and e
BekikmC
BekikmC
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Marble Canyon in winter <3. Roz a great guide!
This was an incredible tour - it was so beautiful to go an visit Marble Canyon during the winter. Roz was a great
peterh581
peterh581
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Overcharged , rude and dishonest
Poor customer service , overcharged and when we noticed DBT where not interested. We were charged 11 dollars more
Beebeeanca
Beebeeanca
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Banff Wildlife in their "natural" habitat
We love animals and enjoy seeing them in a safe and friendly manner to both us and them. We wanted to do a Safari t
47Explorer
47Explorer
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Great tour and excellent guide
Very knowledgeable and friendly guide (Heidi), who gave the group lots of great information about the history of Ba
J8116YColiviab
J8116YColiviab
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One of the best parts of our trip to Banff!
This was such a special tour! Amazing views, so much fun for adults and kids alike (including maple taffy making an
J8116YColiviab
J8116YColiviab
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Highly recommend!
Amazing tour with Tim! Though we didn’t see any wildlife it was very informative with plenty of interesting facts a
ATibz
ATibz
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Johnston Ice Canyon (lower falls) Tour (Discover Banff)
This tour was exceptional! My partner and I did the Johnston Ice-canyon hike to the lower falls in January of 2023.
Y8864XPjoeb
Y8864XPjoeb
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Would recommend to anyone
Great tour, worth the time and money. Neil is a fantastic guide, friendly and knowledgeable. Went the extra mile to
DSanDiego
DSanDiego
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Jeff was the best tour guide!
Jeff, our tour guide was wealth of knowledge, so we also learned a lot about the history of Banff National Park, th
madysonb15
madysonb15
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Loved this tour
This tour was amazing, we saw so much and our guide was so knowledgeable. We did the morning tour and saw so many b
madysonb15
madysonb15
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10 out of 10
We had an amazing time on this tour. The walk is really easy and had lots of amazing places to stop. Jeff was so kn
mangalamp
mangalamp
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IceWalking Fun
We booked Johnston Canyon Icewalk through Banff adventures website during the month of Dec 2022, and I must say thi
37kalenb
37kalenb
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Phenomenal views with a great guide!
Tim was a GREAT guide! We learned about local wildlife and history, the bus was comfortable, warm and clean. We had
Pam G
Pam G
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A winter wonderland
A winter wonderland! So peaceful and amazing surroundings. Our guide from Discover Banff was a mind of information
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Ben M
6 contributions
Jan. 2022
Having done an ice walk in Jasper previously, we were excited at the prospect of another outing. Our guide, Anick, was friendly, funny, personable and very knowledgeable. Our family appreciated the extra insights into the ecology, history, and geology of the canyon - something we wouldn't have enjoyed without her help. And we definitely would have walked right past the petroglyphs and never learned the fascinating history associated with the markings matching those found in the southwestern US. Thanks for a great experience!
Written January 31, 2022
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Thank you for leaving us a review and we are so happy you enjoyed your time in Johnston Canyon and got educational value out of it. Anick is very knowledgeable and full of great stories of the areas around Banff. We hope to see you out here in Banff again soon!
Written February 20, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Travelwith2Harts
4 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
We had such an amazing adventure today! Thanks to Gina, our guide, for her amazing personality, knowledge about so many things, and for sharing delicious hot chocolate and maple cookies. Oh, and her photography skills made our photos for travelwith2harts on Instagram that much better! This excursion was the perfect balance of beauty, exploration, experiencing new things, and just enough physical exertion to keep us warm! Thanks Gina, you really helped make this experience special!
Written December 22, 2021
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Hi Nicole, thanks for joining us on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Gina. We're so glad you enjoyed this winter hike - and the hot chocolate! We think Gina is pretty special too, and will be sure to pass on your kind words. We hope to see you both back in Banff again soon.
Written December 28, 2021
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JINNIE
Calgary, Canada2 contributions
Dec. 2021
I and my 8-year-old son made great memories in Grotto Canyon. Jeff was our best guide and friend. Thanks to him, I learned interesting stories and even a secret space that I would never have discovered if I had come alone. Thanks for the snow slide!
Written December 13, 2021
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Hi Jinnie, thank you for joining us on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Jeff, and for taking the time to share how much you both enjoyed this hike. We think it's a pretty special spot too, so we're glad you had a great time. We hope to see you back in Banff again soon.
Written December 14, 2021
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Melaena A
4 contributions
Mar. 2020
We were the last group of tours for the season due to COVID. So there were only 6 people in our group, .all Canadians, but we had a great time. The grotto canyon was really pretty, although much colder than I expected because it was in constant shade. It was good to know our guide had some extra winter gear for people "just in case", but my fingers warmed up finally. Nick was cheerful and well informed about the area, happy to answer questions. We got everything the tour promised, poles, ice grips for the boots, hot chocolate, maple cookies, and had a little picnic in the sunshine at the halfway point. It was cool to see the petroglyphs and hear about the weird accidents of geology that formed the canyons. The bus was in good shape, Nick was on time to the minute at our hotel, and we returned back 15 minutes early. Overall a fantastic experience and I'm really glad we went.
Written March 22, 2020
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Suzanne Clark
Greater London, UK45 contributions
We just recently went on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with the tour guide Tyler.

We had a brilliant time, Tyler was full of interesting stories about Banff and the surrounding areas. It was brilliant to get to walk this trail, and as people who are new to walking in conditions like this, it was super reassuring to have an expert on hand!

Tyler was really informative throughout, and it was particularly interesting to hear about the native artwork.

The tour was the perfect length, and there was plenty of time to enjoy to scenery and take some lovely photos and we got to see three small ice falls and got treated to some hot chocolate and maple cookies!

I would highly recommend this tour, and a big thank you to Tyler for being a great guide!
Written March 10, 2020
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jinilil
Ocean Shores, Australia89 contributions
Mar. 2020
We had a fun and informative couple of hours in the safe hands of our guide Hugh. Easy pick up from our hotel and everything supplied. Stunning scenery experienced in an easy walk. Well worth it.
Written March 6, 2020
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Jasmine M
1 contribution
Feb. 2020 • Friends
We did this tour with Gina as our tour guide. She kept the tour entertaining and she was very knowledgeable about the area. Would definitely recommend.
Written February 20, 2020
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,588 contributions
Feb. 2020
We actually did three tours with this company, but this was my favorite. We did the Snowshoeing to Paint Pots, and the Banff and Wildlife tour. All were good tours, but this one was such a nice experience and our guide was wonderful.
Written February 12, 2020
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Drwcpeng
Shanghai, China10 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Friends
We had a great time walking through the Icy Grotto Canyon with knowledgeable guide Denise. Highly recommended !!
Written February 6, 2020
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Ben_Perashi
Perth, Australia35 contributions
Jan. 2020
We took a trip out to Grotto Canyon guided by Nick from Discover Banff Tours. He was friendly, helpful, energetic and informative, as we trekked through the canyon across snow and ice. The landscape was amazing to behold, and unique to anything we had experienced before. The walk itself was pretty easy going, but this may vary depending on the ice condition on the canyon floor. The guides provide the ice or snow cleats needed to traverse the terrain. I would still class this as an easier walk. Worth it for the views, and it was nice to go in the morning as there were only six of us and we had the canyon to ourselves as we meandered through.
Written January 19, 2020
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