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“Stunning scenery, go early!”
Review of Johnston Canyon

Johnston Canyon
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Johnston Canyon Icewalk
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff
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Owner description: Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.
Saskatoon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Stunning scenery, go early!”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

Like others I would suggest an early arrival. Our drive from Banff at about 8:30 a.m. included seeing a black wolf trot across the road and disappear into the forest. I would also strongly recommend the hike to the inkpots for those able and inclined to take on a long hike with low to moderate difficulty. Check out the lower fall cave lookout on your way up or you may be stuck in a ridiculous line up on the way back like we were. It's a cave looking at a waterfall- pretty- but some people didn't get the go in, take a look and a picture, and get out so others can enter logic. We were there on a long weekend, so the crowd between the upper falls and the parking lot on our way in may have been extraordinary, but it was thick. The trail and views to the inkpots were great, and the valley you are rewarded with is wonderful. The inkpots are also not "just mountain springs bubbling up" as a previous writer suggested, though that isn't technically far from the truth. A solar outhouse or other such facility at the end of the trail would be appreciated by many people, I'm sure, but with the slashing of National Park budgets by the current government I'm guessing that's not going to happen. This was our favourite hike of our trip.

Visited September 2013
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Buford, Georgia
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“an easy hike.”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

This is a nice walk following a rushing mountain stream. You end a a small waterfall. There is a little café but even better an ice cream stand. If the main parking lot is full, go next door - toward jasper and the restaurant an Inn have a large parking lot.

Visited September 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Well Loved, and Crowded”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

As all the favored spots are in the Canadian Rockies, this one was overloaded with people. It is a pretty Canyon and worth a visit. Just know that you are likely to have to wait in line at places. Once you get above the Upper Falls, the crowd thins. But seriously, the "Ink Pots" are just a mountain spring bubbling up. Nothing special to hike so far to see. But it was a pretty valley.

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful walk”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

What a great hike! Friendly for all ages and abilities. My pictures turned out beautifully, especially of the lower falls. Would return again and again.

Visited August 2013
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Fort Mohave, Arizona
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“Beautiful Canyon!!”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

My friend and I took the hike up this canyon and it has to be one of the most beautiful canyons I've ever been in!! Peace and quiet was so nice to have along this beautiful hike!! Well worth stopping and hiking it!! You won't be dissapointed!!

Visited August 2013
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