Grassi Lakes, Canmore

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Take a scenic hike to Grassi Lakes, nestled in the cliffs of the southern Canadian Rockies. The two lakes are named after an Italian immigrant, Lawrence Grassi, a notable climbing guide in the area who built the trail that leads to the lakes. Choose between two trails, a gentler one with a gravel road to the lake or a more difficult trek that passes a picturesque waterfull before ascending to the lake. When you reach the lakes, you can take in the panoramic view of the city below, try rock climbing on the surrounding cliffs, or have a picnic by the water. To visit Grassi Lakes and get the most from your holiday in Canmore, create itinerary details personal to you using our Canmore travel planning site.
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  • As suggested by most reviewers, we walked the moderate (challenging for me at 70+) trail up and took the easy trail down. This was my first experience walking a trail in the mountains. I walk...  more »
  • I love this hike! Take the difficult trail - it's a fun hike, walking uphill with some small obstacles (tree roots, water on the trail), there are some stairs at the top, and you do need to use your....  more »
  • The harder work if worth it, but bear in mind if there is ice and you don’t have proper gear, things will get tricky. The views along the way are stunning and the lake itself is a clear. Walk beyond the lake to see some ancient carvings and painting in the rock formations. The easier route is suitable for children and prams/strollers, albeit a bumpy ride!
  • Easy and quick hike with stunning views.
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