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“Energetic Walk”
Review of Johnston Canyon

Johnston Canyon
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$59.44*
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Johnston Canyon Icewalk
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$128.49*
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff
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$41.62*
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Owner description: Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.
Reviewed April 17, 2014

I did this tour in winter and the scenery was spectacular. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. However, you need to be reasonably fit as its not as easy as the brochure implies. The word 'canyon' gives you a clue - most of the walking is uphill and at times is quite steep. Iam a reasonably fit 50yr old and I struggled in some parts of the walk. You don't walk along the bottom of the canyon, you climb to the top. A good tour though.

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

I got to canyon in the morning after snowstorm. The whole area was covered in fresh powder. The place in a winter - is winter wonderland. The high that I did took me to lower and upper fall. Trail was on a icy side even for hiking boots and therefore you need to walk slowly. The water falls were frozen and everything look spectacular for Florida tourists. The air was fresh and clean. The place should be spectacular in a summer as well.

Thank VSPE
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

The lower half is very easy and can be done with a stroller as long as you have a jogging type. The day we went we couldn't go the entire way because the slippery ice made pushing our stroller tricky. We should have worn some spikes on our shoes and we would have been fine.

Thank mgdufour
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

We booked the half day afternoon tour through Banff discover tours and had a great experience. Our guide Colin was friendly and knowledgable. The canyon itself is beautiful in winter with snow covering everything and the ice walls on the falls and the edges of canyon are spectacular! It's really cool the way there is ice covering the different sets of falls but you can see the running water through the ice like a window.

You could easily do the walk by yourself if you have a car to get there and ice cleats are highly recommended! If you don't have either then booking a tour is a good way of seeing it and having a guide adds to the experience.

1  Thank Colin H
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

A beautiful spot to visit, we booked through Discover Banff Tours for morning trip, guide (Nate) was awesome, so much information, we learnt a lot of local history and had a great time.
Early morning trip was less crowded, by lunchtime was getting pretty busy, wear warm clothes, ice cleats were provided and essential for some of the walk.

1  Thank Jean S
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