Walks to Wa­ter

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GRASSI LAKES, Can­more (p 45): Hike an hour or two to gleam­ing green­ish-blue wa­ters. Mar­vel at the trail-build­ing skills (through steep ter­rain) of leg­endary Lawrence Grassi, the im­pres­sive cliff face of Ha Ling Peak and the prow­ess of lo­cal rock climbers. The ad­ja­cent fire road is an eas­ier route.

PLAIN OF SIX GLACIERS, Lake Louise (p 46): This top rated trail on TripAd­vi­sor leads along the Lake Louise shore to a rus­tic tea­house with treats for hun­gry hik­ers. Con­tinue 1.5 km past the tea­house to the Ab­bot Pass view­point for a closer look at the re­ced­ing Vic­to­ria Glacier. Make a day of it (and ad­mire the el­e­vated views) by re­turn­ing via the High­line Trail to the Lake Agnes tea­house.

MALIGNE CANYON, Jasper (p 132): Peer over the canyon rim and over the rails of six foot­bridges to ap­pre­ci­ate the drama of the 52-me­tre deep lime­stone chasm. The churn­ing wa­ters of this Karst land­scape run un­der­ground, and on the sur­face are most im­pres­sively dis­played as a 25-me­tre wa­ter­fall. More trail sug­ges­tions p 45 and 132. Hik­ing be­side a rush­ing river or to­ward a thun­der­ing wa­ter­fall el­e­vates the ex­pe­ri­ence. Here are a few of our favourite trails.

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