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Johnston Canyon

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Address: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Activities: Hiking
Description: Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.

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Johnston canyon is so beautiful in the summer. In the winter it's like an ice palace. It is so beautiful and striking, so worth the drive and the hike. Wear cleats or some sort of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Johnston canyon is so beautiful in the summer. In the winter it's like an ice palace. It is so beautiful and striking, so worth the drive and the hike. Wear cleats or some sort of traction device on your boots though, there were a lot of people who didn't have any and they were slipping all over the place. One... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Had the pleasure of touring Johnston Canyon in the winter. It had multiple glacial blue frozen waterfalls and ended at an ice climbing cavern where we could watch people climbing the wall. There is a stream running through it. So very beautiful! I'd love to see it again in the summer as well. Great tour to take. I used Discover... More 

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Moose Jaw, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My boyfriend and I went on the ice walk tour on Family Day. Our tour guides (Sarah and Jordan I think he name was) were amazing. They knew so much about the walk and the history. Also their outgoing personalities made it really enjoyable and fun!!! I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fantastic tour!!!!

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We have done Johnston Canyon many times in the summer and thought it would be nice to try in the winter. It is a wonderful and adventurous walk, but if one is not too steady on ice and snow it is better to do this in the summer. i would either rent cleats or book an organized tour which is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful in the winter, rent cleats in Banff or Canmore before you go, it will make for a much more enjoyable walk!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We knew we weren't going to see much huge falls, as we went in the winter, but the winter offers a beautiful scene as well!! It was breathtaking!! A nice long hike with beautiful scenery every 2 minutes!! A really nice adventure. The Lower Falls were beautiful and small so we were happy that there wasn't much people that day.... More 

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Edmonton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We enjoyed the icewalk very much. The scenery is very beautiful and peaceful. Be sure to bring or rent crampons. It really makes a difference.

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Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is my favorite place to go everytime I am in Banff. I make sure to take half a day and walk the falls. There are multiple distances that you can take along the path, ranging from 2 km - 5 or 10 I believe. This is a trail, so you must be able to handle uphill walking for a... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We hiked Johnston Canyon in September 2014. The trail was quite busy, but the views are absolutely spectacular. It's well worth going all the way to the upper falls, and there are certainly fewer people up there. Johnston Canyon is just one of many great hiking opportunities on the scenic loop road from Banff out to Lake Louise. There are... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

A visit to Johnston Canyon is a whole different experience in the winter. The crowds are much thinner, but there are still a lot of visitors eager to get to the beautifully ice formations at the lower falls. The trail is snowy, and icy in some parts, so proper winter gear including footwear is a must. You can do the... More 

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