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Ink Pots Hiking Trail

Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Pretty spot

The hike up here (continuing on from Johnston Canyon) is a bit uninteresting with not many views... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dilly4472
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Summer is better

I hiked this trail in the winter with friends and we had fun. The excitement of this trail is the... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
Trekbud
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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“johnston canyon” (28 reviews)
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Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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"uphill climb"
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"rewarding hike"
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"elevation gain"
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"start early"
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"lots of water"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hike up here (continuing on from Johnston Canyon) is a bit uninteresting with not many views out beyond the trees. The trail is uphill for about a mile, then mostly downhill for a bit less than a mile. However it is well worth the...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

I hiked this trail in the winter with friends and we had fun. The excitement of this trail is the different coloured areas which don’t show up well under a huge winter snow fall. So I recommend hiking elsewhere in winter and visiting here in...More

2  Thank Trekbud
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Thinking back I have to laugh! Mostly because it was a, somewhat, strenuous hike. The path starts at a fork near the end of Johnston Canyon Trail, where you have to hike up a few steps. The path, in itself, is comfortably wide and surrounded...More

3  Thank Sara C
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

The hike up to the ink pots was really not difficult at all. There isn't much to see when hiking up, but the place at the top is quite lovely and peaceful, so the short hike really made up for any missing view during the...More

1  Thank Immerenga
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

We decided to go all the way to the ink pots at the end of the Johnston Canyon trail and were so glad we did. They were the absolute highlight of this walk and I'm amazed some people say "not to bother". The colors were...More

2  Thank YeeHaa
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

The first ~3.0 km (one way) is an easy trail on mostly boardwalk and flat surfaces. The walk is thru Johnston canyon which is truly spectacular. Most people stop here at the falls. I suggest an early start, before 10 am, if you want to...More

Thank Robert D
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

Johnston Canyon is an OK hike along the river. Paved most of the way- so be prepared for all abilities and strollers. Pretty waterfall, although crowds made it hard to enjoy. Recommended that you continue on past the waterfall to Ink Pots. Less traveled and...More

Thank Lisa D
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

We worked our way through the crowds at Johnson Canyon and enjoyed the views. At the top of the falls you are almost half way to the Ink Pots and it is worth the walk if you can continue. There is more uphill to go,...More

1  Thank Sue_in_Raleigh
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

The hike to the Ink Pots starts along Johnston Canyon and is around 10 km round-trip. I arrived to the Johnston Canyon parking lot early in the morning (around 7 am) and was one of the first people there. Hiking Johnston Canyon was gorgeous in...More

3  Thank BrittanyAdventures
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

We weren't sure about going but I can tell you it is well worth it. I would go early so you don't have people issues because it gets crowded. Our 9 yrld hiked the whole way about 8.3 miles total. it is so worth it...More

1  Thank Ken C
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Response from driftdiver1 | Reviewed this property |
Sounds like you are well prepared. Having a pair of gloves and toque or head band in your back pack wouldn't hurt. In September you need to be prepared for all types of weather. Yesterday we hiked Sunshine Meadows and it... More
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