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Banff National Park
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Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
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Johnston Canyon Icewalk
Trying to trek along the frozen Johnston Canyon without a guide could be tough in frigid temperatures with icy walkways. Opt to take this guided tour from Banff, and see wildlife, waterfalls, and, of course, a lot of ice. Plus, this tour provides round-trip transport, ice cleats, a hiking pole, a snack, and a hot cup of cocoa to make things super easy on you.
$64.95 per adult
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We took the quiet way to Ink Pots via Moose Meadows (parking lot about 1.5km past Johnston Canyon parking lot if coming from Banff.) We were first up on the trail at 11am (haha) and had lovely fresh snow to press our boots into. There were so many fresh deer and elk tracks our
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Very easy hike. Good for children. Not for experienced hiker. Lots of red dirt and water. Interesting for children but not for adults. No pots. Pools of red water. A few antiques scattered mainly old machinery. Met some nice people on hike. Wasn’t crowded. Wouldn’t do again.
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Johnston Canyon is one of the Banff area's most beautiful hikes and perhaps its worst kept secret. For that reason during the summer the hike is usually foot to heel with other hikers. Beautiful waterfalls but packed. This results in the parking lot filling up early and then
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We did the Johnston Canyon (Upper Falls) hike and decided to keep going. The first part of Johnston Canyon is covered in tourists. But once you get beyond the falls, you start to lose a chunk of the crowds. I believe The Ink Pots were another 2400 km beyond the upper falls. We
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We hiked 8 miles round trip to the Ink Pots. The trail is well groomed, but not for the weak at heart. The waterfalls along the way were awesome. Be sure to arrive early, because the trail gets very crowded at the beginning.
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