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Grassi Lakes

Grassi Lakes. Photo by Andrew Hempstead

Starting beyond the Canmore Nordic Centre, this 2 km (1.2 mi) trail climbs steadily to an impressive cliff face. Stairs cut from the rock lead up to a bridge over Canmore Creek and a view of distinctive Ha Ling Peak. The trail levels and continues to a rewarding destination—two gin-clear, spring-fed lakes with a mountain backdrop. Behind the upper lake, an easy scramble up a rocky slope leads to four ancient pictographs (native rock paintings) of human figures. — Andrew Hempstead

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