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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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Nicely done...there are more falls than advertised on the signs.

Shared the walking trail with a poor black bear that had the crap scared out of him by the tourists taking photo's. There are 4 or 5 different falls on this one hr. each way... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Shared the walking trail with a poor black bear that had the crap scared out of him by the tourists taking photo's. There are 4 or 5 different falls on this one hr. each way walk. Easy to get around and not too much up and down. A very enjoyable way to kill an afernoon.

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alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

If you like canyons, waterfalls, and crystal clear water, this is the place for you. I am a slow walker, and it takes 1.5hrs to go to the upper falls. I've seen this trail listed as wheelchair friendly, but it certainly is not. Although paved, it is heaving in many places, and can be very steep. Families with strollers can... More 

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Bayonne, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We hiked both lower (0.5 miles one way) and upper falls (another 1 mile one way) - not a very difficult one. Would recommend seeing the falls & the canyon. The trail to upper falls is completely paved. We skipped ink pots which was further 3.5 km one way. There is a cafe at the entrance which sells food &... More 

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Regina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We walked the Lower Falls walkway,and found it to be a pleasant walk, with paved pathways , and catwalks. The views of the canyon are incredible, and the waterfall at the end is excellent. I would advise to go early, as I believe it is a busy place in the afternoon.As well, good walking shoes, and water are a must.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The trail is amazing and is perfect for all ages. There is so much to see and you can do the short walk, about 1 mile or the extended which we did easy in under 1 hour return. Look out for wildlife on the way, especially early in the morning, the are plenty of advantage points along the way to... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Taking a guided tour through Johnston Canyon should be on a must see list for all visitors to Banff it delivers more than you can explain, The sheer Beauty and serenity is only broken by the guide providing excellent commentary along with a great refreshment :)

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Whether it is the short walk of one easy mile to and from the Lower Falls, perfect for those of us that are getting older for the first time and aren´t very good at it, or the three mile jaunt to the Upper Falls, this was a highlight of our Banff National Park roaming.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We decided we wanted to go on a grand adventure and hike up to the inkpots. We did our research to learn about the hike and the trail conditions to make sure we were prepared. Boy, am I glad we prepared. We left Calgary at 7:30 ish and got out to the canyon parking lot around 930 or so. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Johnston Canyon has been a place that our family has frequented for years... For good reason. The walk is easy enough but the canyon will blow your mind every time you go. If you have time, I definitely suggest walking all the way to the Ink Pots at the very top (I think it's 5ish km 1 way) pack a... More 

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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Can't beat the views! Be sure to wear runners. Can be slippery when ground is icy and/or wet. Busy during long weekends, though.

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