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Johnston Canyon

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: Location Details:  Directions: 30 minute drive northwest of Banff on Trans Canada Hwy (watch for the signs)  Latitude / Longitude: 51.245695... more »
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60 reviews 60 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This hike is easy, busy ( which can be good if you are worried about bears), and lovely. I took our little one in a stroller right to the upper falls location with minimal difficulty. It was a delightful short hike with some lovely scenery along the way. Well worth the visit but go early as the parking there on... More

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Burlington, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We ended up visiting both the lower and upper falls and are glad we did it. The two are different and if you enjoy a walk next to moving water this is the place for you - the extra time to do both was worth it to us. During our time at the upper falls we got the opportunity to... More

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Richmond, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

but be ready for a tougher walk than you thought it would be...a few more distance markers would help you know how far to go...when you get to the bridge over the river you're at the lower falls...be sure to go though the tunnel to see the falls up close!

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Dublin, Ireland
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139 reviews 139 reviews
42 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Trial is great. It is easy and suitable for people all ages. Great views on the way to the upper waterfall. Worth to hike all the way. Great photo opportunities around each corner. Massive free parking.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A beautifull walk with many squirrels along the way-this Canyon tops them all.At the Lower Falls go through the tunnel for a good look ( the tunnel is small) you will get some water spray, but well worth it.

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Farmington, Utah
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Don't let the easy grade and the short distance of this hike fool you into not spending enough time here. We were looking for a short hike but the sheer beauty and power of the falls merits spending at least an hour or two soaking it all in. As the trail is very narrow in places be prepared to be... More

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Eastern Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It is a beautiful walk along the water with waterfalls. There are many tourists up to the lower falls, but the walk to the upper ones is much less busy and worth the extra effort! We ended up walking all the way to the 3rd location, which we didn't feel was worth our effort when compared to the two first!

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Calgary, Canada
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a perfect hike to take if you are looking of something accessible with beautiful views all along the way. Be sure to go in the cave at the midway point to experience the power of the lower falls. Be warned though, you will get wet! Perfect way to cool off if it is a hot day. Be sure... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

An amazing walk through a beautiful place in Banff! Be prepared for lots of people and quite a bunch of stupid ones too (smoking on a tail, picking up squirrels). That aside what an amazing walk! You can get right up to the first water fall and feel the water hit you! Amazing. Didn't for all the way because we... More

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Estevan, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

These are a must see when out this way, it is a short 2.5 mile walk to the upper falls but is well worth it, nice trail and plenty to see

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