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Address: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Activities: Hiking
Description: Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.

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Beautiful hike!

I love going for a hike here, the scenery is so beautiful! It's so nice to walk along a pathway, hearing the quiet of the forest, and the rush of the water down below. It's easy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Marlablue75
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I love going for a hike here, the scenery is so beautiful! It's so nice to walk along a pathway, hearing the quiet of the forest, and the rush of the water down below. It's easy to do a short walk, or a long hike, depending on your time and how far you want to go! So worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Decided to take About 3 hours and do this hike while the falls were still partially frozen. We loved every minute. We rented crampons for our shoes in Banff and are sure glad we did. While we could have managed we witnessed several people gripping the railings and trees and a few falls because of the icey sections . So... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It is difficult to put words to the stunning beauty of this hike up to both the lower and upper falls so I will let the photos speak for themselves. Get cleats when it is still icy otherwise you risk injury. Best $12 ever spent. Pick of Banff National Park in spring.

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Halifax, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Don't expect to see the falls !! we were so exited by the pictures to only get there and have a flashlight shine up and could see barely at all!! The tour guides were great but the walk back in the dark is not recommended !! Night time tour is half the time and the same price! In the daytime... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We didn't have ice cleats so our hike was a bit dangerous at times. Those handrails are really important! We laughed a lot as we slid down the icy paths. The views are spectacular and because a lot of the trail is catwalks suspended off the canyon wall the photo opportunities are endless . Would definetly recommend a walk here.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Very fun hike to the upper and lower falls. Make sure you bring your ice cleats to make it enjoyable. Only $10 to rent in Banff and the best $10 you will ever spend!

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The falls and the scenic walk and views stunning. Don't attemot this without crampons. Easily hired for $6 half day in Banff and make life easy.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Well, Johnston Canyon was amazing, beautiful and varied; both waterfalls were gorgeous: I loved the surrealistic side of the upper falls given by the ice curtain which surrounds the falls. BUT some other things just kind of ruined all my pleasure. The first one is the fact that it is really crowded even in March. And what annoys me most... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

With several falls to explore, this short hike is definitely worth the time. Enjoy beautiful cliffs, water pools, natural greenery, and views of some of the world's most beautiful mountains. If you take your time, this could possible take you up to 3 hours. However, most of the beauty can be seen in about an hour or so. If you're... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

What a place! went when the waterfalls were frozen, such a surreal place! really fun hike! if your going in the winter ice cleats are a must!! asked my lady friend to marry me here and said yes! this may have been because of the beauty of the frozen falls or the exhaustion of the hike up hill! Very recommended!

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