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Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park

Categories: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
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, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Banff vacation route planner, to make sure you see all that Banff has to offer, including Johnston Canyon.
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  • We have been to this area about 20 times but never stopped here before. I am so glad we finally made the time to go here. I would agree with the other reviewers, go before the tour buses get here. The...  read more »
  • Hikers can make a very nice hike from around 4 km to the Lower and Upper Falls. At the end it is a steep climb but what a nice surprise you get here. Definite a must do when you love hiking in a wild ...  read more »
  • Nice way, little exhausting to the bottom (30 minutes) and the show (1 h) waterfalls. Very beautiful gorge, but countless tourists (Asians!)
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  • 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!
  • Beautiful water falls, but insanely busy. I recommend continuing another 5kms past the upper falls view point and going to the Inkpots. The views are amazing and it's a much less crowded hiking trail. Still I recommend getting there early to start the hike so you get a chance to enjoy the views at the upper and lower falls in Johnston Canyon!
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