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Johnston Canyon

Address: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.
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Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful in the winter, rent cleats in Banff or Canmore before you go, it will make for a much more enjoyable walk!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We knew we weren't going to see much huge falls, as we went in the winter, but the winter offers a beautiful scene as well!! It was breathtaking!! A nice long hike with beautiful scenery every 2 minutes!! A really nice adventure. The Lower Falls were beautiful and small so we were happy that there wasn't much people that day.... More 

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Edmonton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We enjoyed the icewalk very much. The scenery is very beautiful and peaceful. Be sure to bring or rent crampons. It really makes a difference.

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Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is my favorite place to go everytime I am in Banff. I make sure to take half a day and walk the falls. There are multiple distances that you can take along the path, ranging from 2 km - 5 or 10 I believe. This is a trail, so you must be able to handle uphill walking for a... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We hiked Johnston Canyon in September 2014. The trail was quite busy, but the views are absolutely spectacular. It's well worth going all the way to the upper falls, and there are certainly fewer people up there. Johnston Canyon is just one of many great hiking opportunities on the scenic loop road from Banff out to Lake Louise. There are... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

A visit to Johnston Canyon is a whole different experience in the winter. The crowds are much thinner, but there are still a lot of visitors eager to get to the beautifully ice formations at the lower falls. The trail is snowy, and icy in some parts, so proper winter gear including footwear is a must. You can do the... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This canyon is gorgeous and a must see. Drive 20 min outside of Banff. It's well marked. Parking is simple, then start walking. You won't be disappointed at every turn. Do both falls if you have the time and energy. My 9 year olds did it no problem, and loved playing in the snow along the way.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This a wonderful winter hike for the entire family. It 1 km to the lower falls and 1.6 km more to the upper falls. The canyon is gorgeous in its winter colors. The upper falls are spectacular and well worth the additional 30'min walk through the woods. There are many tour companies that will try to convince you to go... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We hiked till the Upper Falls in the winter. As a person raised in the tropics i had the wisdom to carry ice-cleets with me (as did my wife) which saved the blushes. If you don't have good snow shoes with spikes its advisable to wear or carry ice-cleets (if you are hiking in December - January only). It was... More 

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Toronto,ON/Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Our hike to the "Johnston Canyon Lower Falls" reminded me of a famous picture,taking in 1898 during the "Klondike Gold Rush",when thousands of prospectors tried to ascent to the "Chilkoot Pass",all at the same time.Granted,we arrived at the 2014-Labour Day weekend.Still it was a bit of a shock,to see that many people rushing along the trail.My wife and I arrived... More 

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