Grassi Lakes - Grassi Lakes

Grassi Lakes - Hiking

Alberta North, Alberta, Canada

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4 KM

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The Upper and Lower Grassi Lakes lie at an elevation of about 1,525 m (5,003 ft) in the southern Canadian Rockies overlooking the town of Canmore, Alberta. They receive their water from the Spray Lakes Reservoir on the Spray River. The land is part of the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, which is part of the Kananaskis Country park system. The lakes are named after Lawrence Grassi (1890–1980), an Italian who emigrated to Canada in 1912. After working for the Canadian Pacific Railway for several years, he began work as a miner in the Canmore coal mines in 1916. Grassi went on to become a well-respected climbing guide and built many trails in the area, including the one to the Grassi Lakes that bear his name. The small, emerald-colored Grassi Lakes are a popular destination for hikers and rock climbers. They lie at the foot of grey cliffs that are about 75 m (246 ft) high. The cliffs are part of the Cairn Formation, a fossil reef that formed during the Late Devonian period. The primary reef-forming organisms were stromatoporoids, a long-extinct type of bulbous sponge. The cliff is a favorite of rock climbers who use the pockets left by the sponges as hand- and foot-holds. Rock paintings that are more than 1,000 years old can be found near the top of the canyon beyond the lakes. They are believed to have been painted by the ancestors of the Kootenai Indians.

Grassi Lakes Provincial Park is a beautiful place to visit, with its two turquoise lakes and stunning mountain backdrop. The park is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, just outside the town of Canmore. The lakes were formed by glaciers thousands of years ago, and are now a popular spot for fishing, hiking, and camping. There are several trails that lead around and up to the lakes, providing amazing views of the surrounding mountains. In the winter, the park is a popular spot for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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The Grassi Lakes are located in the Canmore area of Alberta. To get to the start of the trails, take the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) to the exit for Highway 40. Take Highway 40 south to the town of Canmore. In Canmore, take the exit for the Grassi Lakes. The trailhead is located at the end of the road.

Why visit Grassi Lakes

The Grassi Lakes are a beautiful set of turquoise-colored lakes located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The lakes are easily accessible by car or by hiking from the town of Canmore, and make for a perfect day trip or afternoon hike. The lakes are surrounded by towering mountains and are a popular spot for fishing, swimming, and picnicking.

Is Grassi Lakes in Alberta a good place for the whole family?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on what each family is looking for in a vacation spot. Some families might find Grassi Lakes to be a great place to spend time together, while others may prefer a different location.

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The best activities near Grassi Lakes in Alberta are hiking, fishing, and camping.

The Grassi Lakes are a series of small, glacier-fed lakes in the Bow Valley near Canmore, Alberta. The lakes are a popular destination for hikers, climbers and photographers.

Where to eat?

1. The hidden cafe inside the Muttart Conservatory.

2. The yummy food trucks that set up shop near the river valley trails.

3. The all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant down an alleyway.

4. The German restaurant with the secret beer garden in the back.

5. The Indian restaurant with the hidden rooftop patio.

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