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Interesting place.

Medium difficulty hike to get there. Probably best to start before noon so you are not rushing to... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2018
Taras V
First Hike in Banff National Park

Arrived in Banff on September 12, 2018. Our first hike was to Johnston Canyon and the Ink Pots on... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
South Miami, Florida
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Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 October 2012

The hike to the ink pots is up and down both ways, so it is a moderate to hard hike. From the starting point behind the chalet, by the falls, up the mountain side, down the side, and to the ink pots is 5.7km. The...More

5  Thank Crystal W
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

We hiked Johnston Canyon and added the ink pots to the end. It was a lengthy and arduous hike and after arriving at the ink pots we wondered what we'd been thinking. There's not much there, but if you've got the time and inclination, it's...More

6  Thank ace4444
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Reviewed 10 October 2018

Medium difficulty hike to get there. Probably best to start before noon so you are not rushing to beat sunset. Ink Pots seemed curious but a bit underwhelming in comparison with all the sights around. That's not to say it wasn't worth the hike. Great...More

Thank Taras V
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Arrived in Banff on September 12, 2018. Our first hike was to Johnston Canyon and the Ink Pots on September 13th. This is a very popular hike and can get very crowded, even at the end of the season. Still, this is a very easy...More

Thank RobertC1097
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We did this hike starting from Moose Meadows Trailhead. This is only 2km away fom Johnston Canyon Trailhead. The parking at Johnston was completely full but at Moose Meadows it was just our car and one other... The hike has some elevation but the its...More

Thank Cas-Lieve-Igor
Reviewed 30 September 2018

This trail is an extension of the Johnston Canyon Trail. It is well maintained but has some steep climbs. The end result is worth it. You can continue your hike from here toward Lake Louise or Lake Luellen if you are interested in a long...More

Thank Steph M
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Hiking an additional 3km past Johnston Canyon brings you 4/5 crystal clear spring fed pools. You can get some lovely photos with reflections. We went early (we were the first car in the car park) so had a really pleasant hike up pa st the...More

Thank alannsarah
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Hiker who continue past upper falls of Johnston Canyon for another hour are rewarded with stunning views of little pools of water of incredible colors. Stare closely and you can see the pools of water bubble up from the ground. Definitely get here early to...More

Thank getoutthere21
Reviewed 13 August 2018

The Ink Pots trail can get very crowded in late morning so I suggest visiting early, 8 am. The trail is moderately easy but a few challenging spots along the way. The hike is more enjoyable because you can stop and enjoy the Lower and...More

2  Thank Robert G
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

the hike is mainly uphill, but its not too steep therefore if youre in not too bad shape you will be totally fine. It took me 3 hours return trip. It was pretty crowded in the canyon johnston portion of the trail, but past the...More

Thank k_casault
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

I’ll admit I did find the path from the upper falls to the ink pots a bit nerve racking as hikers were well spaced on the way up and bears had been seen in the area. However once we reached the ink pots, we decided...More

Thank Mariah M
Reviewed 28 July 2018

We visited Banff years ago, and visited Johnston canyon. At the upper falls, you can continue to the ink pots. Our kids were those days too young, so we decided to go for this hike this time. The contrast with Johnston canyon trail is big;...More

1  Thank Erbee64
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13 September 2016|
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