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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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West Sussex, England.
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145 reviews 145 reviews
38 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

A beautiful walk along a man-made boardwalk and across steel bridges to the Lower Falls - about 1/2hr. Well worth it. When you reach the falls crouch through the tunnel to go as close to the falls as possible - the noise is deafening. A nice beer at the end of your walk at The Resort was welcome.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The day started off with the treat of seeing a wolf on Bow Valley Parkway as we headed to the trail head. The parking lot was not crowded at 9:30 am, but was overflowing when we got back. The first part of the hike is along a paved path and series of catwalks overlooking a number of waterfalls. It is... More

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Winnipeg, MB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We have visited Johnston Canyon a few times now and love coming back. The longer hike to the upper falls is worth it. Given the narrow path, it is advisable to get there early in the day. Afternoon crowds can take the fun out of it, as you will constantly be dodging around fellow hikers.

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Wellingborough
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29 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Fairly easy walk alongside river, some steeper parts, through varied forest to high waterfall, very interesting rock formations along way and smaller waterfalls, nice bit of cliff edge walking, amazing how well made and strong these pathways attached to sides of cliffs are in Canada! Good carparking and rest room facilities. again expect it to be busy in high season,... More

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Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

the falls upper and lower are increadible,but the cabins are very discouraging. we got a deal on the cabins and found that they were very unclean(could use the shower due to not bein clean), the coffee machine had coffee in it from the last person renting it prior to us, the soap dish had soap from the prior gues, there... More

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Prince Albert, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Paved walkways and catwalks leads to some amazing scenery. Ive done this both summer and winter. Both times of the year are very jaw dropping but winter is treacherous as the ice build up on the catwalk park of the walkway is a foot thick in most places so wear appropriate footwear.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I loved this trail it was so unique and the scenery was beautiful! We went early around 7am and had the trail to ourselves. If you keep reading I've tried to answer some questions that you may have about the trail itself and added a few tips to improve your enjoyment of this lovely area! What you Will See: ‣... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Due to physical limitations we were only able to go to the lower falls. It was a beautiful hike up, with lots of photo ops along the way. Path is well maintained, however it is slippery near the falls. Having hiked in British Columbia we found it beautiful, but very busy. Unless you go early in the morning (before 8)... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Just outside Banff, it's a great place to spend an overcast day. The trails are well maintained, the boardwalks through the canyon are impressive and the sights will make you glad you took the time to include this in your itinerary.

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North Bay, Canada
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is a beautiful and exciting walk to take. I am afraid of heights but still managed to walk the catwalks and felt safe.

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