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Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park

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Hike the scenic Johnston Canyon in the Banff National Park. A relatively easy trek, the route takes you along a well-maintained walkway with railings. Enjoy the picturesque view as you partake in the tranquil hike, and admire two scenic waterfalls along the way. You can continue to the meadow above the canyon to see six vibrant mineral springs known as the Ink Pots. In winter, parts of the trail can be icy or covered in snow, so walk carefully and bring suitable equipment. Before you head to Banff National Park, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Banff National Park vacation route planner, to make sure you see all that Banff National Park has to offer, including Johnston Canyon.
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  • We did the trail in the winter and really enjoyed it. Nice walk, great views, probably the best to do in winter after skiing.  more »
  • My friend and I came here as she recommended it as her family getaway spot when she would travel in the mountains as a child. She continues to bring people here but has never gone to Upper Falls in th...  more »
  • I loved I start by clarifying that I am lover of experiences that require physical exertion, so this hike of 2 hours with ups and downs. Throughout the Canyon there is a trail well marked and protected with railings where needed, yet I fell 2 times because there was a lot of snow and ice (we are at the beginning of March), waterfalls are still almost completely frozen, take photos worthy of NatGeo! The place is beautiful but come well sheltered, with gloves, hat and especially with shoes suitable (type hiking or search some springs that fit in shoes that brought all Canadians who were in our surroundings) is slippery.
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  • This was an absolutely beautiful hike! It was pretty crowded at the bottom but got better as we went up. If your going definitely go all the way to the top. It's worth it.
  • Visited in August.The first stretch to the lower fall is quite popular, no need to watch for bears here but mind stepping onto the baby stroller in line. Less people venture to the upper fall, which is worth the easy hike, while very few go all the way to the ink ponds. If you are fit and have time I recommend the Ink ponds. Pristine spring water bubbles from the ground forming small and larger green-turquoise ponds. Great colors that change with sunlight and viewpoints.
  • A great short walk for families. Although very busy. The area is beautiful. The bridges restaurant at the start/end of the walk was amazing. Very tasty and well presented food, friendly service and good value for money
  • A beautiful place to go in family or even alone. The trail is safe and easy to walk on. You can even go out of it to enjoy the experience from an other point of view. The place is simply beautiful and peaceful.
  • Pretty waterfall. You should definitely continue on to the upper falls if you can, but the lower falls is cool. If you go during peak season (August), be prepared to wait. Wait to park or park far away and wait at the falls in order to go through the little tunnel to get closer to the falls. The last time I was there I was surprised at how busy it was. There was a 45 minute line just to get in to that tunnel to take a photo!