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Johnston Canyon

Address: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.
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Type: Canyons, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.
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Market Harborough, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We went on an organised trip to the Canyon for the Ice walk. The staff were amazing who helped us with a great insight of the area, pointing out wildlife and interesting facts. We arrived and popped on our ice walking spikes and headed up the trail. This was not particually a cold day but you soon warm up with... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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215 reviews 215 reviews
49 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful experience this was! There are a lot of companies that will try and get you to go with them, promising you a guided adventure BUT you do not need a guide at all! There is no charge to just drive here and hike it yourself. The trail is nicely marked and very easy to follow. We went... More 

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Visited in May. The last time I was there was in the fall so I wasn't expecting all the ice still on the trail. The trail is easy enough to walk and we met lots of people with small children. Next time I will remember to bring spikes for my hiking shoes.

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Fort Langley, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a spectacular hike up a gorge and set of waterfalls. The scenery is breathtaking. It is not suitable for people with very young children in strollers or people with wheelchairs or limited mobility. It can get very busy and I would allow at least 3 hours round trip to the upper falls so you can enjoy theviews. There... More 

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Banff, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a nice and favourite spot for a walk. It is easy walk to visit Lower waterfalls. It took me 30 minutes for round trip to Lower falls and back to parking lot. If you continue walking, you can see Upper falls. And if you continue walking behing Upper falls, you can reach Ink Pots. But I would not... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The entire canyon is mounted with canyon-clinging platform and staircases which made it one of the least difficult hike in Canadian Rockies. The platform runs at a different height alongside with the cliff, which give you a good experience of the canyon at a different depth. Only 30 mins from Banff town, Johnston Canyon is definitely one of the most... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We hiked this beautiful canyon and it took 2 hrs. What an amazing experience, make sure you wear crampons as the trail is a little slippery and windy.

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UK
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49 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We did this walk in November so it was a little on the chilly side but still worth the effort. The lower and upper falls were mostly frozen but still some flowing water, which made it look spectacular. A must do in Banff National Park.

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Loch, Australia
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24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Tip # 1 arrive early this walk is very popular. Tip # 2 Don't expect wilderness this is a paved trail for the most part Tip #3 if you are short of time just go the the lower falls they are more spectacular.

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Alberta
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This is an amazing hike! Be sure to read the information signs along the way, you can learn alot! People are polite in letting you pass or asking to pass. I disliked all the people on the trail. I prefer alone with my group.

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