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Johnston Canyon Lodge and Bungalows

Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A9 Canada
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Nat S wrote a review Oct 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Cabins were cute, however I did not appreciate the almond on the floor that my dog tried to eat, nor the cigarette cellophane under the table that she licked clean. The mattress looked like it hasn't been updated since they opened the place. We brought an additional blanket for warmth which we used as the only blanket, because the duvet and cover were filthy. My partner and I are both in the hospitality industry, in Canmore and know that everyone is understaffed at the moment but that doesn't excuse the lack of cleanliness. I understand it was the last weekend for the resort and the staff were clearly checked out but that doesn't excuse the lack of service. As the trip was for my partners birthday I wanted it to be special, and stress free. I was mortified that I picked this location for her special weekend. When booking it mentions that there are public BBQ's for use which we wanted to take advantage of, and as a precaution we brought all our own stuff for cooking and eating. I am thankful we did because we needed everything to BBQ as they did not have a lighter, utensils, plates, cups or cutlery in the unit. Since we had the dog with us and it was raining we were unable to eat on the patio and had to order dinner to our room. We planned what we wanted from the menu in the room only to find out once we got to the restaurant that this was not the menu, they have the dinner specials on a board. When we asked the server what steak was served with the steak and shrimp she said "sirloin I think," for $35 I would like to know it is a better cut than sirloin. I decided to try the sizzling trout because it is their signature dish. The trout felt like it was steamed or boiled and came with no seasoning or sauces, a side of steamed veggies, (looked like Costco's frozen veggies), crunchy rice, ( tastes like uncle bens) and a double baked potato ( which was outstanding). The two meals came to over $100 which is sad because I could only eat a few bites of the fish which I added my own horseradish to, just to add some flavor. I would have rather driven home to Canmore and picked up food from a drive through for a quarter of the price and actually been satisfied. The following day we had no other choice but to go back to the restaurant again for breakfast. After waiting and being ignored by the waitress who passed by several times, we decided to go back to the cabin and cook what remaining food we had which consisted of garlic bread, salami, and potatoes. Had I actually seen a staff member or one would have actually acknowledged me I could have shared this feedback. Disaster weekend. Happy Birthday Sweetie!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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CLC2 wrote a review Oct 2020
Edmonton, Alberta16 contributions3 helpful votes
We came because we’ve never been to the area and wanted to hike Johnston Canyon. The cabins are rustic, and the one we were in was right on the river, which was lovely. One note I have is that they really need to step up the housekeeping. Perhaps if the floor was ever swept, there wouldn’t be a need for all the mousetraps? I’m also a little concerned about the previous guest; he must have some serious coordination deficiencies judging by the amount of urine crusted down the side of the toilet and the number of pills left scattered on the floor of the bedroom. After giving the place a thorough wipe-down, we also fixed the fridge handle that was falling off, the smoke detector that was dangling by a wire, and the kitchen faucet aerator that was spraying in all directions. I realize everyone is struggling with the limitations of Covid, but a global pandemic is not the time to be lackadaisical with the cleaning. I don’t mean to turn anyone off, the cabins are very quaint and charming. Forewarned is forearmed and I recommend arming yourself with some disinfectant wipes, a lidded, plastic bin to keep you non-refrigerated food in, and some slippers to keep your feet clean.
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Date of stay: October 2020
ldoyon55 wrote a review Sep 2020
Edmonton, Canada6 contributions
Johnston Canyon is nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Banff, along the 1a highway between Banff and Lake Louise. It is absolutely gorgeous in terms of scenery, and the hike to the falls and the ink pots is spectacular. Our cabin was clean, comfortable and stylish, and the surroundings were serene. The Lodge offers great meals, we enjoyed a lovely dinner, as well as some post-bike ride beverages. The staff is great, we enjoyed interacting with the main chef, Tom, who took very good care of us. I recommend staying here if you are looking for a piece of paradise.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
must_travel_soon_10 wrote a review Sep 2020
Mississauga, Canada1,279 contributions368 helpful votes
The bistro is a nice treat when visiting Johnston Canyon. The food is reasonably good, in a quaint dining space. Good friendly service. Reservation here allow car access to the otherwise closed highway 1A
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Date of stay: September 2020
mhleroux wrote a review Sep 2020
Saskatoon, Canada27 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed three nights in one of the rustic bungalows at Johnston Canyon. Do not expect much because these units are dated, however the location is perfect, right next to the Johnston Canyon trails, and is way better than the busy places in Banff itself. We were somewhat disappointed thinking that the bungalow, being self contained, may have enough amenities to allow you to have your own meals. However, there were no cutlery, dishes, or microwave. There was a small fridge (although everything in it froze) and a coffee-maker. There were two communal gas-powered barbeques for use, but only one was working. The beds were not very comfortable, but the bedding, linen and towels were clean. The location was perfect to go for a drive down the Parkway looking for wildlife.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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$107 - $298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Johnston Canyon Lodge and Bungalows
Which popular attractions are close to Johnston Canyon Lodge and Bungalows?
Nearby attractions include Johnston Canyon (0.6 miles) and Bow Valley Parkway (1.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Johnston Canyon Lodge and Bungalows?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Johnston Canyon Lodge and Bungalows?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Johnston Canyon Lodge and Bungalows?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Johnston Canyon Lodge and Bungalows?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Johnston Canyon Lodge and Bungalows have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.