We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Johnston Canyon

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Improve this listing
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 »
Write a Review

493 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    328
    142
    20
    3
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Johnson Canyon has a pretty waterfall, and a nice catwalk that is down in the canyon as you walk to the falls. After the falls there is a slightly less travelled hike to the Inkpots, a series of little ponds, really of differering shades of blues and greens where you can see the mud on the bottom bubbling from escaped... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edmonton, Canada
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Beautiful hike to see both the falls. The scenery is gorgeous but definitely a lot of people. The second time around this year, my husband and I decided to go kind of last minute and got there around 4pm - had a much better time with the crowd and parking as well.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
44 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We hiked to the higher fall. The fall itself was worth the hike. However, I prefer more natural trail. Also, it was very busy and hard to even take a picture without somebody getting in the way.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

The only issue I have with this trail is that the beginning 3km are tarmaced and covered with people - you have one speed option: slow. Saying that - the views of the canyon and the crystal almost mystical waters are worth it! Walk a further 3 km up to the inkpots and you are in for a treat: pools... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Woodstock, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

what a gorgeous canyon. Well worth the time to see. Catwalks and paved trails make it easily accessible to the lower falls. Various websites led me to believe it was level ground, but it is not. Not much elevation changes, but enough to steer away wheelchairs or those with a difficult time walking. There is a small cave/tunnel at the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rochester, NY
Top Contributor
367 reviews 367 reviews
90 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Great hike since we started by 8am - it was quiet. We only saw 9 hikers all the way to Ink Pots which is another 1.5 hours beyond Upper Falls. After 11am we saw 453 hikers on our decent!! Yes I counted! The falls are spectacular.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hammond, Louisiana
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We only did the lower falls as it was cold and drizzling rain. The hike was easy and just breathtaking! It is usually more crowded in better weather.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Thousand Oaks, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

What a beautiful place for a hike. There is a trail that leads up to the Johnston canyon water fall. You can either take the shorter trail to view an absolutely beautiful water fall pouring into a pool before running off or if in better shape proceed further up to the higher fall. I was impressed with the infrastructure that... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atlanta, GA
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
38 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This 3 mile round trip hike was one of the best hikes we have taken. It is well worth going the Upper Falls. There is catwalk attached to the canyon wall for quite a distance which is quite different from most hikes. . The views are great and the walk into the cave to see the Lower Falls up close... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
West Coast, USA
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Set aside 3-4 hours to take this hike. You'll be accompanied by others on this trail, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to ask someone take a picture of your. You won't regret this hike!!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Johnston Canyon also viewed

Lake Louise, Banff National Park
Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies
 
Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies
Banff, Banff National Park
 

Been to Johnston Canyon? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Johnston Canyon, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing