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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Were it not for the spectacular nature of everything else in these parks, this would be a great spot. Too many concrete paths for my taste, and not as great a payoff as many other spots. Also, not great access and probably a difficult hikes for the extra unfit or for children.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The first part of this hike, up to the Upper Falls, is very structured. It is extremely beautiful with many amazing vistas from a catwalk built by the Park Service. The second part of the hike goes up to what is called Ink Pots. Total round trip is about 7mi. The maximum elevation gain is about a thousand feet in... More

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Nelson, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This route up the canyon is very pretty. We have done this several times, the most recent in August. If you don't like crowds, don't go in the summer months! We hadn't been in the summer for literally decades and we will probably never go again at that time of year! The car park was overflowing and vehicles were parked... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful hike that is quite mild in nature, but can get tough in a few spots if you aren't in shape. Both the lower falls and upper falls are quite a site to see, it's amazing what the power of water has done to create a beauty like Johnston Canyon. I'm really surprised by the number of... More

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Exeter
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This location can get very busy particularly on weekends and public holidays. Consequently the car park can overflow and cars park in the road as well. So I would recommend picking your time to visit carefully. We decided to go all the way to the Inkpots which is 4km from the Upper falls. We were a little nervous as there... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We enjoyed the hike to Johnston Canyon. The views were fabulous and it was a mild to moderate hike. A good initial hike that got us started on our hiking adventures. The scenery was impressive in both lower and upper falls. Doing the upper falls was nice because the rock formations surrounding the upper falls are just beautiful. it is... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

wow beautiful nature. reasonable hotel rental.Long 4km to upper falls.Lower fall is about 2.2 km is worth watching. Natural curved in gate in mountain .water falls dew spray you ..What a filling.look up snow covered mountain all around you. Banff National park is beauty of Canada.To enter Banff national park there is a charge but to walk up the Johnston... More

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Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We did lower falls trail, which is 2.1 KM, with elevation less than 300 ft, which is fine for almost everyone who can walk. It has the most of it, and our friends who went for upper falls told us that the views were not very different from upper falls.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Each time we visit Banff, we do this short hike. The lower falls are amazing and the walk itself is beautiful. Stop at the quaint restaurant for some good home cooked food. My parents stayed there on their honeymoon 75 years ago so it is a special place for our family.

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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Nice half hour walk along the river to get to the waterfalll. Very cool for pictures and whatnot. They jave bathrooms and. A small food shop near trail.

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