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Address: Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Beautiful little spot

We snowshoed up from Moose Meadows, about 6 km each way. Quiet little valley up in the mountains, and the inkpots are a peaceful little spot to stop for lunch and some scenery.

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Greg N
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Calgary, Canada

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

We snowshoed up from Moose Meadows, about 6 km each way. Quiet little valley up in the mountains, and the inkpots are a peaceful little spot to stop for lunch and some scenery.

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Reviewed 27 February 2017

I surprised myself on this hike because I normally enjoy the seclusion and quietness of the outdoors and don't enjoy running into too many people. However, I loved meeting the other hikers, joking around with them and especially getting to spend time with Canadians! They truly are lovely people. There were all ages on this hike and everyone was joking... More 

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2 Thank Emma H
Canmore, Canada
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

This was a good workout to the Ink Pots! Make sure you have spikes on your boots or you will have a hard time coming back. Almost all uphill to the end of the trail, then a little hike down(this is tough on the way back up!). The views of the valley at the end of the trail are breathtaking.... More 

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1 Thank melaniedawn23
Edmonton
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Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We had never done a hike before and I figured this one would be good because if we couldn't make it to the ink pots, at least we will see the lower and upper falls. We went on a Tuesday at noon and it was busy, but not quite as crazy as I was expecting. No single file lineups, but... More 

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3 Thank _TheVacationers_1523
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

I recommend bringing hiking shoes and water/a backpack. The hike requires a lot of uphill but the inkpots at the end are totally worth it. The colours are stunning and they are nestled a valley. Absolutely beautiful.

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2 Thank Shaylene C
Stettler Alberta Canada
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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We came to Canmore to do a half marathon and decided to stay a few extra days to hike. When we stopped to get our bear spray at a store a very helpful store owner gave us a few options where to hike. We had a great hike it's a fair hike but worth once you reach the pots. Very... More 

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1 Thank beaba59
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

I've seen it both in the winter and now in the summer. Beautiful. Only bad this is you are not allowed to get in the water. Keep hiking another 1.7kilomiters and you will find a camping spot to rest for the night. It is a day hike but can be an overnighter.

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

I recommend doing this hike because it gets you away from the very crowded Johnston Canyon trail and offers beautiful views of Banff. This trail is connected to the Upper Falls trail, so once you pass the Upper Falls keep a lookout for signs and continue following the Ink Pots trail for another 3.5 km. Depending on your walking speed... More 

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St. Albert, Canada
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

Once you pass the upper falls, you can hike to the "ink pots". At a good pace, you can reach it in 1 hour past the upper falls - but, it is mainly an uphill journey. The ink pot pools are small, but interesting - lovely colors. But, take the time to enjoy the time away from the crowds and... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

Do this walk when you go on the Johnston Canyon walk, as it continues on after the Upper Falls. It is uphill for 2km then downhill for 1km. There are several pools at the end, of slightly different colours that also give lovely reflections of the trees and hills nearby. It is interesting to see the bubbling mud at the... More 

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