Everyone seems to hit the trails and the wilderness in the spring and summer. As soon as the weather turns and winter comes around, the trails seem to empty out. But during the winter, there is a snowy wilderness waiting to be explored. One stunning spot is a hiking trail to a frozen waterfall in Alberta that glitters in the sunlight.
The moment it becomes cold outside, it can be easy to want to bundle up and stay indoors. But some natural wonders are so stunning they are worth facing the below zero temperatures.
Grotto Canyon is ten minutes east of Canmore, Alberta or one hour from Calgary. Once the temperature drops below zero, the Grotto Canyon Creek Trail leads you to a frozen wonderland.
The beautiful park is open year-round, even when it is frosty outside. If anything, this spot becomes extra breathtaking in the winter when it's covered by a soft layer of snow.
The Grotto Canyon Creek Trail is 2.1 kilometres one-way and will take you between 1.5 to 3 hours for the return trip depending on the conditions of the trail.
It is a relatively easy hike, but in the winter, it becomes a smooth pathway of ice. As such, you must dress appropriately.
You'll want to make sure your shoes have spikey grips, and you might find hiking poles helpful. It is also a good idea to dress in layers to stay warm.
Along the hiking trail, you'll travel through a beautiful landscape. You'll get to see frosty rock walls and enjoy lookouts of the canyon.
The main feature of the trail is near the end. Here you can go up close to a breathtaking frozen waterfall.
When the light hits it just right, it glitters and glimmers like you're in a real-life Disney movie.
The next time you find yourself with a free weekend this winter, why not grab your friends and head out for a hike?
This magical sight is something everyone in Alberta needs to add to their winter bucket list.
Grotto Canyon Creek Trail
Address: Grotto Mountain Pond, Bighorn No. 8, AB
Why You Need To Go: This short and sweet hike will bring you to a glittering, glimmering and totally magical frozen waterfall.