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Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We have done this hike in the summer to the lower falls and the winter to the lower and upper falls. Both were amazing but I would have to say we loved it in the winter even more. The lower falls are pretty easy to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rilleydan
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The trails were easily visible, wasn’t too busy at 1400h. The trail is easy to walk, short 2.5km trip up to the upper falls. My only complaint is that other visitors were smoking along the trail.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Pinkdresses
Reviewed 4 days ago

Johnston Canyon is the perfect hiking spot for all ages. I will give a couple of helpful tips for your trip here. LOCATION: Follow the address on this page and it will take you to the parking lot for Johnston Canyon & the Ink Pots....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank cathyisashorty
Reviewed 6 days ago

OMG is all I can say. We didn't know what to expect on this trip but the only way to describe it was MAGICAL!!!!!! It was like walking through the cupboard and ending up in Narnia. We did this via a tour company (Banff Adventures)...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Vesna B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Loved the walk along the guided patch. Took a couple of hours to reach the top of that section, taking time to take photos and enjoy the view. Wish we'd started the day earlier however, because there was another hike at the top to another...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Sumo35
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This hike was majestic, God at his best. Unbelievable scenery, unforgettable memories of how nature is meant to be. We were a family of four adults from California and finished a guided snowshoeing tour the day before and loved it. We couldn't wait to book...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sportsurgeon
Reviewed 1 week ago

The park service has done a fantastic job maintaining this trail. It is well marked and is an easy hike to both lower and upper falls. We did the winter hike so the falls were naturally ice cascades but the canyon was neat to see...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Scott K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here a few nights in summer 2018. It's out in the boondocks and takes awhile to get to, but well worth the trip. Beautiful surroundings, lots of hiking trails, a pretty decent restaurant.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mikedoolin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were fine with good winter boots for the walk on this Dec 2019 walk. It was only snow-packed on the walk, a bit slippery on a couple inclines. There are handrails everywhere. There was a mix of young and old on this walk. It...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CA H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The walk in and out is beautiful! Approx 2.5km each way to the upper falls (which are worth the walk). The walk is pretty easy, it’s all on a proper path (mind you it was covered in snow for us) and most of it with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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August 23, 2018|
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Response from ShaunL | Reviewed this property |
The car parks fill up early and after that people seem to park along the road.
Judy Y
July 28, 2018|
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Response from Erbee64 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you do!
July 24, 2018|
Response from EKSKS21 | Reviewed this property |
Hello we visited mid June. Fabulous canyon. Not an issue parking when we went but we had travelled by Coach so unsure how many spaces are allocated for cars although designated area looked quite generous so plenty of space... More
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Advise for September 2019 please (8 Replies)
Rough itinerary for mid September 2019 I’ve been reading the forums for several months and have gotten lots of ideas from all of you who are so generous to share your time and experience. Nothing is booked yet, and we can adjust the number of days as needed. Thinking of flying into Spokane on points and husband loves to do “road trips”. But I’m not willing to do one all the way from Oklahoma! :) We are in our late 60s and won’t be doing long or strenuous hikes. Enjoy sitting and...More
August 29, 2018|
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Bridget L
Athens, Georgia
Early June Itinerary (6 Replies)
Would love some feedback on our itinerary. My itinerary is flexible and I will probably end up switching things around to work best with weather, but curious if it looks doable or if I'm missing any must-sees (or trying to go somewhere that isn't so great in early June). Thank you :) Day 1: Drive from Calgary to Canmore, explore Canmore (accommodations are in Canmore) Day 2: Bow Valley Parkway (hike Johnston Canyon/Ink Pots) & Yoho National Park (Emerald Lake, Wapta Falls hike) Day...More
May 29, 2017|
Response fromBridget L|
Since I'm leaving in 2 days, and haven't gotten a response yet, I'd love an answer to this, if anyone has any opinions: Is it worthwhile to trade out one of our days (perhaps Kootenay Park), and instead go to Peter Loughheed (Upper Kananaski Lake, Kananaski Wildlife Drive, etc.). Or would Jasper be a better choice? Or keep as is? Thank you!
Vancouver, Canada
Is it possible to get to Johnston Canyon without a car? (9 Replies)
Hi there, We will not be driving in Banff and would like to find out what other alternatives we have to get to Johnston Canyon from Banff townsite. Thank you.
January 19, 2007|
Response fromsnowyPanda|
Thanks Judy. Yes, you are right. I'll be there in late April. :) Do you mean it will still be covered with ice in April? Then the ice walk will be just walking on the usual hiking trail that is currently covered with ice, right?