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

The rocks can be slippery if raining but this is one of the few hikes that we have equally enjoyed rain or shine, as long as you have an umbrella or rain cover. Many benches along... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Winnipeg, Canada

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The rocks can be slippery if raining but this is one of the few hikes that we have equally enjoyed rain or shine, as long as you have an umbrella or rain cover. Many benches along the way so almost anyone can go. Do the inkpots if you love walking but you are not missing much if you don't. Upper... More 

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Forster, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

It was holiday time when we were at Johnston Canyon and the car park was packed. We thought it would be too busy but as it turned out the walk is long enough for the crowds to spread out. It was a lovely one and a half hour walk up to the Upper Johnston Canyon. It is an easy walk... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We did the lower falls. It's an easy walk and thus it's very crowded. In some places the path is very narrow & 2-way traffic is difficult, which is a bit annoying. In most places, it's wide and paved. It ends in a tunnel, which you have to stoop to walk through, with an up-close view of the falls. Very... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 400 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Johnson Canyon has several trails to choose from, the most popular one being the trail along the water to Upper or Lower Falls. There are many waterfalls along the trail and views down to the pristine clean river below. The lower waterfall is very cool as one can go through a small hole in the cliff to get very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I loved this hike along Johnston Canyon. The waterfalls are spectacular and the hike is delightful as it twists and turns all along the water's edge. Be sure to go all the way to the top if you are able. It is worth it!

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The hike and scenery was our best experience in Banff. We did the upper falls and it was well worth the hike. Make sure to reward yourself with maple walnut ice cream at the base of the trail when you come back.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We are both in our 60's and we hiked to both lower and upper falls. The trail can be a bit uneven but it's not at all strenuous with only small elevation change. The falls are both beautiful but the additional hike to the upper falls is worth the effort. The upper falls are stunning. Plan a half day if... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The canyon is spectacular, with some nice waterfalls. The hike is just strenuous enough to make you feel virtuous, but not too challenging. The trail is well maintained. The only downside is that the trail is well known, and it was quite crowded when we made our (mid week) visit.

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Indian Head, Saskatchewan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

A beautiful historic hike on well established paved trails that can be done by all ages and fitness levels. This is a gorgeous natural river and falls. It is a very busy location however so would be a good idea to go early or late to avoid the crowds. A great family activity!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

We started early but it still got very busy later on. We walked up to the Paint Pots which was worth doing - there are less crowds after the second waterfall.

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Address: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park

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