Grassi Lakes Trail

Grassi Lakes Trail

The Grassi Lakes Trail is a 4.3 kilometer (2.7 miles) out and back moderate hike located in the city of Canmore, in Alberta Canada. The local trail is just outside of Banff National Park. Canada wins for most beautiful lakes you’ve ever seen.

How to Get to Grassi Lakes Trail

Fly into Calgary YYC

Drive from Calgary to Canmore

If you are planning on spending a day or two in Calgary, check out this itinerary by Canada Crossroads.

Grassi Lakes Trailhead Location

To get to Grassi Lakes trailhead, go past the Canmore Nordic Centre and take a left down Ken Richie Way. You’ll head down a paved road to a parking lot on your right. Try to get there early to get a parking spot and hike with less people. The trail is mostly uphill taking you to 2 beautiful lakes. The trip back down can be risky if you’re not in the right footwear. I would highly recommend hiking boots for this hike.

There are two different trails leading up to the lakes, an “easy” path and a “difficult” path. We took the easier trail and it was still a steady uphill climb that was at times challenging. The trail is a wide gravel path and easy to follow. All-terrain strollers will make it up this route better. The “difficult” Grassi Lakes trail is offers much more excitement and killer views. I would not recommend strollers or young children take this trail. If the trail is wet or snowy wear crampons to avoid potential for injury.

Where to Stay in Canmore

Other things to do in Canmore

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46 thoughts on “Grassi Lakes Trail

  1. Alberta is great for those crazily beautiful lakes isn’t it!

    We are hoping (if covid-19 allows) to do a road trip over to Banff/ Jasper this August. I will add this to the list of possible areas to explore. It’s always good to have a few easier trails to mix in with the hard core adventures!

  2. The lake is gorgeous ! The water is so clear you can see the bottom of it ! Thanks for informing that the easy trail can be steep too. I’m all for the killer view, no pain no gain, but the last thing I want is to feel so bad that I end up not enjoying the end of the journey. I like to take my pace, and manage within my limits ! =)

  3. This looks like an incredible hike – definitely one for my bucket list!

    1. Chelsea Messina – Welcome, Thanks for visiting Her Life Adventures the travel blog! I'm Chelsea, owner + author + photographer of all the wonderful material that makes up Her Life Adventures. My blog provides travel itineraries for road trips, National Parks, cities, and countries. It also provides awareness around sustainability and mental wellness. My hope is to inspire readers to spend more time outdoors, and provide them the tools they need to travel & live more sustainably. Come adventure with me and take a look around!
      Chelsea Messina says:

      Yes! I spent more time taking pictures of the lakes/exploring around them than the hike took haha

  4. Georgina – London – Entrepreneur Georgina has lived in London for most of her adult life which is her home. This gives her an unparalleled advantage of London life as a local expert. Her adventures had given her the opportunity to live in Japan and the USA also. Georgina is the owner and business strategist behind mytimelessfootsteps.com. Her goal is to encourage mature adventurers to be happy at home and abroad. Georgina shares her collection of adventures and travel insights by way of valuable travel guides for guided & self-guided vacations.Her insights into travel are aimed at encouraging adventurers to embrace this beautiful world and to live life on their terms. In addition to her passion for Travel, Photography and Writing, Georgina is a passionate advocate of women over50 in unlocking their values.
    GGeorgina says:

    Grassi Lakes looks so amazingly beautiful that should I visit, I would never want to leave!! You have captured the beauty of nature so perfectly!

    1. Chelsea Messina – Welcome, Thanks for visiting Her Life Adventures the travel blog! I'm Chelsea, owner + author + photographer of all the wonderful material that makes up Her Life Adventures. My blog provides travel itineraries for road trips, National Parks, cities, and countries. It also provides awareness around sustainability and mental wellness. My hope is to inspire readers to spend more time outdoors, and provide them the tools they need to travel & live more sustainably. Come adventure with me and take a look around!
      Chelsea Messina says:

      Thank you for the compliment! I’ve visited Canada’s rockies 2x now, and I would love to go and just spend months there exploring haha

  5. What stunning pictures! Wow! I would love to visit this part of the world and do this awesome hike. Also, it is a good excuse to get good hiking boots. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Chelsea Messina – Welcome, Thanks for visiting Her Life Adventures the travel blog! I'm Chelsea, owner + author + photographer of all the wonderful material that makes up Her Life Adventures. My blog provides travel itineraries for road trips, National Parks, cities, and countries. It also provides awareness around sustainability and mental wellness. My hope is to inspire readers to spend more time outdoors, and provide them the tools they need to travel & live more sustainably. Come adventure with me and take a look around!
      Chelsea Messina says:

      I agree 😉 my boots were new- this was the first hiking trip I used them on and they exceeded my expectations.

  6. Sinjana – India – Travel enthusiast, history buff, and a full-time data analyst. My travel stories are mostly around weekend getaways and road-trips from Bangalore, vacations in Bhutan and a budget-friendly Euro-trip that we took this year. I took to travel blogging as I found it to be a happy marriage between my love for story-telling and my love for exploring the world
    Sinjana says:

    I have never seen such beautiful crystal clear lakes. This is a nature’s abode, a heaven on earth. Thanks for presenting this through your blog.

    1. Chelsea Messina – Welcome, Thanks for visiting Her Life Adventures the travel blog! I'm Chelsea, owner + author + photographer of all the wonderful material that makes up Her Life Adventures. My blog provides travel itineraries for road trips, National Parks, cities, and countries. It also provides awareness around sustainability and mental wellness. My hope is to inspire readers to spend more time outdoors, and provide them the tools they need to travel & live more sustainably. Come adventure with me and take a look around!
      Chelsea Messina says:

      The Canadian rockies have some of the most beautiful lakes i’ve ever seen. One of my favorite things about hiking is arriving at the end of the trail, and seeing whatever it is you’re hiking towards for the first time.

  7. Yukti – Computer Engineer by education, I am an artist, love traveling with my family to quench my thirst to know the world where we live. I with my family have traveled to many parts but still, feel that I have to travel more because, I believe "OF ALL THE BOOKS IN THE WORLD, THE BEST STORIES ARE FOUND BETWEEN THE PAGES OF A PASSPORT." Create your best stories while traveling. Know people, Know the world ... Travel more....
    Yukti says:

    Grassi Lakes Trail looks very splendid and I am adding this to my wishlist as I am nature lover. Good to know that it is 4.3 kilometer (2.7 miles) out and is moderate hike in the city of Canmore, in Alberta Canada. Canada really has wonderful lakes.

    1. Chelsea Messina – Welcome, Thanks for visiting Her Life Adventures the travel blog! I'm Chelsea, owner + author + photographer of all the wonderful material that makes up Her Life Adventures. My blog provides travel itineraries for road trips, National Parks, cities, and countries. It also provides awareness around sustainability and mental wellness. My hope is to inspire readers to spend more time outdoors, and provide them the tools they need to travel & live more sustainably. Come adventure with me and take a look around!
      Chelsea Messina says:

      It certainly does, the hike wasn’t too long – you should definitely try to hike it if you visit Banff/that area.

  8. This looks a lovely trail. Long enough so you feel you’ve exercised but not so long, the rest of the day you’re shattered. I’m saving this post for when I finally get to see Canada’s National parks.

    1. Chelsea Messina – Welcome, Thanks for visiting Her Life Adventures the travel blog! I'm Chelsea, owner + author + photographer of all the wonderful material that makes up Her Life Adventures. My blog provides travel itineraries for road trips, National Parks, cities, and countries. It also provides awareness around sustainability and mental wellness. My hope is to inspire readers to spend more time outdoors, and provide them the tools they need to travel & live more sustainably. Come adventure with me and take a look around!
      Chelsea Messina says:

      Thanks for sharing! You’re absolutely right about the distance. We were doing 2-4 hikes a day for a week… so we had to pace ourselves haha

  9. These photos are absolutely stunning! Thanks for all of the great information- the maps, and suggestions on accommodations are helpful. I’d love to get to Banff and when we do we’ll definitely check out the Grassi Lakes!

    1. Chelsea Messina – Welcome, Thanks for visiting Her Life Adventures the travel blog! I'm Chelsea, owner + author + photographer of all the wonderful material that makes up Her Life Adventures. My blog provides travel itineraries for road trips, National Parks, cities, and countries. It also provides awareness around sustainability and mental wellness. My hope is to inspire readers to spend more time outdoors, and provide them the tools they need to travel & live more sustainably. Come adventure with me and take a look around!
      Chelsea Messina says:

      You will love it! It’s a great first hike when you get off the plane and head to Banff. It’s so close to the National Park.

  10. Nancy Hann – United States – I'm a travel blogger living in Virginia USA. I write about all kinds of adventures and love to feature lifelong learning and serving others through travel. My blog is Traveling With Purpose. I'd love to see you there.
    Nancy Hann says:

    Oh my! What gorgeous crystal clear turquoise waters. Wow! Banff NP is on our bucket list for Canada, so I pinned this to refer back when we get to go there. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Chelsea Messina – Welcome, Thanks for visiting Her Life Adventures the travel blog! I'm Chelsea, owner + author + photographer of all the wonderful material that makes up Her Life Adventures. My blog provides travel itineraries for road trips, National Parks, cities, and countries. It also provides awareness around sustainability and mental wellness. My hope is to inspire readers to spend more time outdoors, and provide them the tools they need to travel & live more sustainably. Come adventure with me and take a look around!
      Chelsea Messina says:

      Thanks for sharing! This hike is perfect to stretch your legs on your way to Banff. Try to explore Yoho too while you’re there!

      1. I love finding hidden gems away from the crowds! I’m planning a trip to Banff now and will definitely add this to the list. Thanks for the great guide!

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