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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 had a very nice hike there. My wife could not go all the way to the falls as it was a bit challenging for her, but my daughter and I enjoyed it.  more »
  • Wonderful experience at Johnston Canyon , late start to spring and the path very slippery . All good just hang on to the hand rail and move slowly . The frozen canyon looked stunning with snow and ice...  more »
  • Take your time and make sure you get all the way to the top. Lots of gushing water and great for those who like taking photos of running water. Kids will love the board walk that hugs the side of the ...  more »
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  • Great hike for beginners. People of all ages, there were lots of kids with their parents doing the hike. A total on 1 hour or so to do the two falls. But I recommend taking the time to enjoy the beautiful views of the river and nature around this hike. It can be a bit tough when is very crowded but you can always step aside to take pictures and enjoy the view. Parks Canada made a great job building the bridges to walk pretty much along side the river. -I do suggest bringing comfy shoes as there are some uphills to go through.... converse or flat shoes? Nope. Saw a few people on Those struggling and slipping.... can't imagine the back and feet pain after. Personally, the best fall out of the two is the Lower Fall, that little cave before you get to see the majestic short fall is so cool. - pack you water bottle and bring some snacks packed in your ziplock bag. -pretty safe hike.
  • An easy hike but worth it. At the end there's a small tunnel in the rocks that allows you to see the falls and get quite wet. We also went to the upper falls which was beautiful. There was a small trail off the main trail that allowed us to go under some falls.
  • Great hike and quite easy to do. Trail is pretty good all the way for the lower canyon and there are some walkways too which helps. I have done this in both Summer and winter, the views are great for different reasons, but really enjoyable and a great way to spend a few hours.
  • Went in mid April and hiked the lower and upper falls. Ice crampons are an absolute must for this hike. An easy walking hike with incredible views and photographic opportunities, but extremely icy. Many people did not have crampons and were slipping and sliding the whole way. Very dangerous without crampons, you can rent them at any ski shop for cheap. Go first thing in the morning as it gets very crowded very quickly after lunch. Great easy hike with spectacular views.
  • Beautiful hike both in the summer and winter. The winter hike has gorgeous views of the frozen river and waterfalls. Highly recommend wearing ice cleats as the trail was solid ice when we hiked in early April