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Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A lot of people doing this hick but it’s beautiful and worthy it. It was snowing when we went in early September. It’s an easy hick!

Thank daniela c
Reviewed yesterday

We visited this spot on Sat 8 Feb. It was very very busy with car parking a lottery or a very long walk back if parking out on the main road. The lower and upper falls are well worth doing. The walk was spoiled for...More

Thank KeenPhotographer-11
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great walking experience. Try to get there reasonably early as the good size carpark does get full quickly. The path running along the canyon can be busy at times but is well maintained and easy to navigate. Both the main falls are...More

1  Thank AddickMark
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Recommend taking this 4km hike to the upper Falls. Not difficult going for the most part. One or two places are a bit steep. The gangways are really sturdy so don’t be afraid and the views are worth it

Thank Anne L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This park continues to throw up little-publicised delights. This canyon is one of them. We only walked up to the lower falls, about three quarters of a mile of easy tarmac walking, but were not disappointed. The walk often hangs off the side of this...More

Thank Giles T
Reviewed 4 days ago

Reachable by bus from Banff train station. Johnston Canyon trail has 3 parts: 1. Lower falls - about 1 km up from the parking, paved trail, extremely crowded. When you reach the falls, if you keep ascending 20m after the point everybody waits in the...More

Thank nasuella
Reviewed 6 days ago

We hiked to the Ink Pots recently and really enjoyed the Lower Falls, Upper Falls and of course the Ink Pots. Most of all I enjoyed the wide valley surrounded by mountains at the Ink Pots.

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Johnston Canyon is, of course, beautiful, with a good mix of elevated boardwalks and paved paths... but it can be unbearably crowded. Going early is a necessity if you want to park and not wait in line to walk down narrow sections of the path,...More

1  Thank nitajames r
Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredibly beautiful and well maintained, this hike accommodates those who would only want to take an hour on an easy trail, to a little more challenging to go to the upper falls where you can view a "living wall" , to those who would like...More

Thank RhondaCleo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes this was crowded but where in Banff is not crowded during the season? We really enjoyed this walk a great deal. The path is paved all the way which makes it accessible to folks of all ages. [Maybe that's why so many people come...More

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24 August 2018|
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Response from ShaunL | Reviewed this property |
The car parks fill up early and after that people seem to park along the road.
Judy Y
29 July 2018|
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Response from Erbee64 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you do!
24 July 2018|
Response from EKSKS21 | Reviewed this property |
Hello we visited mid June. Fabulous canyon. Not an issue parking when we went but we had travelled by Coach so unsure how many spaces are allocated for cars although designated area looked quite generous so plenty of space... More