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Johnston Canyon

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1500
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USD 59.42*
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Johnston Canyon Icewalk
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff
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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” (291 reviews)
“ink pots” (213 reviews)
“ice cleats” (42 reviews)
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1500
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In order to enjoy the scenery, go early. I cannot stress this enough because this trail gets very crowded. Go early! We arrived before 7:00 am and enjoyed a leisurely hike. This is not possible if you arrive after 9:00 am. The walk back down...More

Thank Garbo16
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I arrived to Alberta the same day we did this hike, and boy are we happy we did it. We did he full hike all the way to the ink pots (5.5km one way). The falls were beautiful but there was lots...More

Thank Ausra N
Reviewed 1 week ago

this was almost 6 km to the upper falls and very arduous for me at 57 lots of steep up and down hill ...skinny paths ...sooo many people but it thined out after 2 km to the upper falls only the brave of heart going...More

Thank rlmptl
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Johnston Canyon in the late morning to kill time before our afternoon activity. Parking is manageable in late afternoon as most early morning folks are leaving. The hike through the canyon and to the falls is easy with only some inclines. Good to...More

1  Thank jilwilso
Reviewed 1 week ago

In Johnston Canyon, there's the normal travellers and there's me: I get out of trails and see beautiful things. Now, be careful. It isn't for anyone and you have to know where to go. It's crowded but worth it. Gorgeous pictures and big parking. There's...More

1  Thank Vanessa C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hiked Johnston Canyon this past summer in late July to the Upper Falls and then continued to the Ink Pots and it was an incredible trail. The round-trip hike from the trailhead to the Upper Falls and back is 4.8 km which makes for...More

Thank BrittanyAdventures
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a easy hiking. You'll see waterfalls, small cave, beautiful views. Just bring a camera, water and food.

Thank cristina R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Would definitely recommend this hike to the lower falls which my spouse and I really enjoyed. The trail is very well maintained and good for walking with good shoes either hiking or running shoes. The views were outstanding!

1  Thank colleenva
Reviewed 1 week ago

The hike is not that bad (beginner level). It got a bit cold though so make sure you bundle up. We only got up to the first falls and it was beautiful. I suggest you go early in the morning so you have more time...More

1  Thank Charm A
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating, dramatic place. In high season it’s a bit of a conveyor belt of visitors, but much more pleasant after the first falls.

Thank David T
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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.