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
Update attraction details
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

366 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Cockfield, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We have just been to the canyon. Beautiful. Largely still frozen but flowing water underneath too. Really stunning. A must do. The trails were icy and compact. My wife had yaktrax and had no problem. I had good hiking boots on and it was a tricky and slippy. The lower falls took about 20 minutes to reach and then another... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cairns, Australia
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

I did this tour in winter and the scenery was spectacular. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. However, you need to be reasonably fit as its not as easy as the brochure implies. The word 'canyon' gives you a clue - most of the walking is uphill and at times is quite steep. Iam a reasonably fit 50yr old... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boca Raton, Florida
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
19 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I got to canyon in the morning after snowstorm. The whole area was covered in fresh powder. The place in a winter - is winter wonderland. The high that I did took me to lower and upper fall. Trail was on a icy side even for hiking boots and therefore you need to walk slowly. The water falls were frozen... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Moose Jaw, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The lower half is very easy and can be done with a stroller as long as you have a jogging type. The day we went we couldn't go the entire way because the slippery ice made pushing our stroller tricky. We should have worn some spikes on our shoes and we would have been fine.

Was this review helpful? Yes
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

We booked the half day afternoon tour through Banff discover tours and had a great experience. Our guide Colin was friendly and knowledgable. The canyon itself is beautiful in winter with snow covering everything and the ice walls on the falls and the edges of canyon are spectacular! It's really cool the way there is ice covering the different sets... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Buddina, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

A beautiful spot to visit, we booked through Discover Banff Tours for morning trip, guide (Nate) was awesome, so much information, we learnt a lot of local history and had a great time. Early morning trip was less crowded, by lunchtime was getting pretty busy, wear warm clothes, ice cleats were provided and essential for some of the walk.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Great place to hike and enjoy the natural beauty, best seen during the off season because there are less crowds.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lechlade, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
47 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We have hiked into Johnston Canyon twice, once in September and again in April. Both seasons offer something very different. The most recent was in April 2013, the pathway was still frozen and the stream was hidden underneath the snow. There were very few people about which was great. The walking underfoot was very slippery so we were glad of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Calgary, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I highly recommend cleats!! it was so icy in parts that we were actually pretty nervous. We will definately go back in the summer. Bathrooms at this time of year are not pleasant (outhouse).

Was this review helpful? Yes
11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Johnston Canyon is truly beautiful especially in the ice and snow. Apparently, during the summer it is packed so winter is really the best time to visit. We were picked up from Banff by two knowledgeable and friendly guides and given shoe spikes to aid our passage up the Canyon. Our guide was a mine of information about the area... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Johnston Canyon also viewed

Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies
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