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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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Vancouver
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153 reviews 153 reviews
75 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We arrived just before 11 am on a Monday and were lucky to find one of the last couple of parking spots in the lot . We noticed on our return cars were parked out along the road . We had done the hike to the upper falls a few years ago , so this time we decided to just... More

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sherwood park, Alberta
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108 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

this is a fairly easy hike to the first waterfall (lower falls), where you will be rewarded with a view from the base of a nice little waterfall. if you continue on, the path gets a little steeper but is still very manageable. the upper falls route is a touch less scenic but still rewarding.. remember not to stop there,... More

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Airdrie, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Very pretty, lovely for taking some nice pictures and an easy trek of 2.7 kms to the Upper Falls. Stunning photos can be taken form many spots. We did make the trip on a long weekend and if you can avoid this, it would be best. The place was absolutely packed with people and tour buses just kept on coming,... More

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Roseau
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108 reviews 108 reviews
51 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Four of us arrived at 8am to hike the canyon - very few people around so lots of chances to take pictures. Excellent path/boardwalk for hiking. We went to both falls but didn't do the extra hike to the Ink Pots since it was getting pretty hot that day. Stunning views of the river and canyon - one of our... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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

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Edmonton, Canada
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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.

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Sydney
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 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

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Woodstock, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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

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Rochester, NY
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93 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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.

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