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Johnston Canyon

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1500
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Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1500
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Not as crowded as some of the more popular spots but definitely clean modern bathroom facilities, nice paved trail all the way up to upper falls. I would call this hike east to moderate based on the slope. Trail is well marked with very nice...More

Thank Vacationer9898
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderful hike through beautiful Johnston Canyon. Go early, we arrived at the main parking lot at 8:30am and had no trouble parking our RV. The trail gets very busy, but if you head past the lower falls (1 mile round trip) to the upper falls(3...More

Thank Rungirl1124
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very popular & cars overflowed out of the car park & onto the road in a long line, late afternoon it had definitely eased off but the walk to the falls was still very busy. It's a lovely scenic walk but has steep parts &...More

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Maybe it was just today, but in the evening this hike is cool and not crowded. Plenty of light out to see since it's summer. Arrived at 7pm and there weren't many people; plenty of room on the paths. Tons of parking available in the...More

1  Thank Emily L
Reviewed 4 days ago

A wonderful camping week-end. No rain & the campground was surrounded by trees so we had privacy. Quiet also at night & the park wardens presented talks on the prevention of taking care of your campground & what to do while trekking in the woods...More

1  Thank Randy A
Reviewed 5 days ago

We arrived at the parking lot around 9:00 am, and parking 1 was full already. There's 3 parking lots so you don't have to worry about it and you can also park on the side of the road. The canyon is great but it can...More

1  Thank Rue_Ro
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It took three hours, with two kids under the age of five, to visit the base of the upper falls and back -- well worth it. The lineup was long to see the cave at the lower falls so we decided to keep going. The...More

1  Thank RANR6
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Long walk. Walking all the way back may be a bit much for elderly or little bitty kids, but there are plenty of benches to rest. While ok, no comparison to the lakes or all the views and water falls along Icefields Parkway. If you...More

1  Thank JKincentralIL
Reviewed 1 week ago

We thought we'd beat the crowds by arriving by 9:30, which worked as there were still 30 spots left in the lot, but, the canyon walls are so high that the sun doesn't hit the water until about 11:00. It's still a beautiful canyon and...More

2  Thank dab85
Reviewed 1 week ago

Of all the waterfalls we visited on this trip this is in the top 5 in Canada. You must go early before the busses. This is one of the easiest hikes so it fills up quickly. All that helps is the parking but plan on...More

1  Thank mike t
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July 20, 2017|
Response from Wendy H | Reviewed this property |
I didn't think there was a fee all of the parks are free for Canada's 150 anniversary we certainly didn't pay anything. Not sure what time it is open, didn't seem to be a barrier of any kind & if the car park is closed a... More
July 18, 2017|
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Response from Jennifer C | Reviewed this property |
Yes and on a leash
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May 8, 2017|
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Response from Rick64 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I would say that the walk is suitable, as the paths and walkways are well maintained. However, I would come with suitable footwear for the terrain, hiking boots or sturdy hiking trainers. Its very safe for children, but... More