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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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Richmond, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

but be ready for a tougher walk than you thought it would be...a few more distance markers would help you know how far to go...when you get to the bridge over the river you're at the lower falls...be sure to go though the tunnel to see the falls up close!

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Trial is great. It is easy and suitable for people all ages. Great views on the way to the upper waterfall. Worth to hike all the way. Great photo opportunities around each corner. Massive free parking.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A beautifull walk with many squirrels along the way-this Canyon tops them all.At the Lower Falls go through the tunnel for a good look ( the tunnel is small) you will get some water spray, but well worth it.

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Farmington, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Don't let the easy grade and the short distance of this hike fool you into not spending enough time here. We were looking for a short hike but the sheer beauty and power of the falls merits spending at least an hour or two soaking it all in. As the trail is very narrow in places be prepared to be... More

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Eastern Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It is a beautiful walk along the water with waterfalls. There are many tourists up to the lower falls, but the walk to the upper ones is much less busy and worth the extra effort! We ended up walking all the way to the 3rd location, which we didn't feel was worth our effort when compared to the two first!

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Calgary, Canada
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a perfect hike to take if you are looking of something accessible with beautiful views all along the way. Be sure to go in the cave at the midway point to experience the power of the lower falls. Be warned though, you will get wet! Perfect way to cool off if it is a hot day. Be sure... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

An amazing walk through a beautiful place in Banff! Be prepared for lots of people and quite a bunch of stupid ones too (smoking on a tail, picking up squirrels). That aside what an amazing walk! You can get right up to the first water fall and feel the water hit you! Amazing. Didn't for all the way because we... More

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Estevan, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

These are a must see when out this way, it is a short 2.5 mile walk to the upper falls but is well worth it, nice trail and plenty to see

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

There are many picturesque lakes in the Banff/Jasper area. Apart from those if you are looking for something in the Banff area then this is it. The trail is just along the canyons with the water flowing alongside. The tunnel to the lower falls where you can get upclose with it is really gorgeous. We expected the upper falls to... More

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Garland, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The hike (or perhaps better termed a "walk") on a paved trail and boardwalk overhanging the river is pleasant enough and worth the effort, but it's hard to rate it as a favorite in this area with so many beautiful features. Going beyond the lower falls does not add much to the trip. If your days are limited in this... More

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