Ice walk

6Jan08 013

We went hiking at Grotto Canyon near Canmore again.


We wore our ice cleats and used our walking sticks.

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It was a lovely minus 1 degrees Celsius day.


The dogs are getting used to the ice walk and enjoyed themselves too.


First Nations rock Painting.



There were a few Ice climbers as well as other friendly hikers, some of them were brave enough to skate on the ice with their shoes and were falling on the ice.

“Grotto Canyon is not an ice walk for the claustrophobic. The deeper you travel into the gorge, the higher the cliffs rise around you. “One of the secrets are the First Nations rock paintings,” says Miller. “But they’re hard to find if you don’t know where to look.” Easier to spot are the icefalls that rise to 28 m (90 ft) from the frozen valley floor—you may spot ice climbers deftly maneuvering high above. The trail starts at the Grotto Pond parking lot, Hwy 1A near Exshaw east of Canmore—walk west past the Baymag magnesium plant and north along the creek bed.”

Others brought a sled along, as there’s a bit of a gradient going back, but we didn’t wait to see what happened as we still wanted to go to the town of Banff before it got too dark.

Banff Springs Hotel
Due to the lovely weather a few people were strolling through the streets of the town of Banff.
Banff Springs Hotel

We went to take photos of the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and Bow falls, where we bumped into some South-Africans that we have met before. Due to the nice weather we could take our time and have some fun.
Bow Falls.
Bow Falls


Bow Falls.



About Tokeloshe.

Welcome and thank you for visiting. I have been happily married (sic) for 40 years, have one son, a loving daughter in law and three adorable grandsons. We have been in Canada for 20 years and are originally from South-Africa. My first language is Afrikaans. (Ek kan nog Afrikaans praat, lees en skryf.) I love doing mixed media, scrap-booking, blogging and playing on the computer, I am also interested in photography, genealogy, reading, hiking, camping, arts and crafts.
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