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Johnston Canyon

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1500
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Johnston Canyon Icewalk
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Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lower falls” (301 reviews)
“ink pots” (165 reviews)
“ice cleats” (41 reviews)
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1500
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited Johnston Canyon as a last minute decision out of Calgary. It was a little overcrowded for my liking but the further up you went and off the beaten path it got much more enjoyable! The smells and sounds were enough to invigorate me...More

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We loved loved loved this hike...if you're physically able, go all the way to the ink pots...we spent about 6 hours doing it all with lots of breaks for lunch and photos...spectacular views and hike

Thank clarkscottkent
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I went for the day. We hiked to the upper falls but didn't make it to ink pots, but still well worth it. I went for the absolutely spectacular a d beautiful views of the waterfalls and unbelievable blue waterfalls. My boyfriend...More

Thank Dakota S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful scenery and a good workout to be had while exploring Johnston Canyon! The rushing glacial water carving the canyon was gorgeous and there are several waterfalls to photograph along the way. We were there midday and it was busy with tourists. Go early for...More

Thank jaimesteffen24
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a nice short hike of 2,5 km one way. It will take you through a little canyon and you will walk along or above the river most of the time. In the second part there are some elevation meters, so any fitness is preferable....More

Thank kjeld g
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice waterfalls but the best is really to go until Inkpots, after the 2 water falls, where you have a great view on mountains, plains with a narrow fresh river and of course with the "inkpots" that are just crystal clear and colorful.

Thank sdt_lyon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we only had time to walk to the first fall which was very envigorating. At places the path can be quite narrow and can only be accessed by one person at a time but the tourists keep moving as best they can, camera calls...More

Thank AnnEandCharles
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Johnston Canyon May 2017. I would say it was a perfect time of year to go, not overcrowded with tourists, not too warm but nice brisk cool air! I did this as a solo hike and it was gorgeous. You can do either...More

Thank FlyAng
Reviewed 1 week ago

You would want to get here early if possible, or later in the day, as the crowds on the narrow path can detract from this walk through the canyon. We decided to go all the way to the ink pots at the end and were...More

Thank YeeHaa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Johnston Canyon was a wonderful hike and one my favourite memories from Banff - the trails to the Lower and Upper Falls were good. It took us 90 mins to complete the lower and upper falls. The best part of the hike was going towards...More

Thank Chaitanya S
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30 July 2017|
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Response from Wendy H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Someone else asked a similar question. There was no barrier across the car park or footpath to the falls so it might not have an 'opening' time. A lot of people even parked on the grass as the car park was full so you... More
20 July 2017|
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Response from Wendy H | Reviewed this property |
I didn't think there was a fee all of the parks are free for Canada's 150 anniversary we certainly didn't pay anything. Not sure what time it is open, didn't seem to be a barrier of any kind & if the car park is closed a... More
18 July 2017|
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Response from RANR6 | Reviewed this property |
I did see a few pets on leash. Not sure if they are officially allowed or not.. but I didn't feel like anyone is there watching for stuff like that.