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Johnston Canyon

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1500
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Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1500
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Unlucky for Mr. Johnston for not finding any gold during these trails but he does have found a treasure for all of us. This trail mainly leads to Lower Fall, Upper Fall, and main lake. Credit also goes to "Park Canada" for making this trail...More

Thank Devooo
Reviewed 2 days ago

This hike was a perfect kick off for our family to take in some great scenery and give our legs a light workout before tackling more aggressive trails. My only recommendations is go early or late in the day to avoid large crowds. We arrived...More

Thank TeamHerz
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not as crowded as some of the more popular spots but definitely clean modern bathroom facilities, nice paved trail all the way up to upper falls. I would call this hike east to moderate based on the slope. Trail is well marked with very nice...More

Thank Vacationer9898
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wonderful hike through beautiful Johnston Canyon. Go early, we arrived at the main parking lot at 8:30am and had no trouble parking our RV. The trail gets very busy, but if you head past the lower falls (1 mile round trip) to the upper falls(3...More

Thank Rungirl1124
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very popular & cars overflowed out of the car park & onto the road in a long line, late afternoon it had definitely eased off but the walk to the falls was still very busy. It's a lovely scenic walk but has steep parts &...More

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Maybe it was just today, but in the evening this hike is cool and not crowded. Plenty of light out to see since it's summer. Arrived at 7pm and there weren't many people; plenty of room on the paths. Tons of parking available in the...More

1  Thank Emily L
Reviewed 6 days ago

A wonderful camping week-end. No rain & the campground was surrounded by trees so we had privacy. Quiet also at night & the park wardens presented talks on the prevention of taking care of your campground & what to do while trekking in the woods...More

1  Thank Randy A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at the parking lot around 9:00 am, and parking 1 was full already. There's 3 parking lots so you don't have to worry about it and you can also park on the side of the road. The canyon is great but it can...More

1  Thank Rue_Ro
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It took three hours, with two kids under the age of five, to visit the base of the upper falls and back -- well worth it. The lineup was long to see the cave at the lower falls so we decided to keep going. The...More

1  Thank RANR6
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Long walk. Walking all the way back may be a bit much for elderly or little bitty kids, but there are plenty of benches to rest. While ok, no comparison to the lakes or all the views and water falls along Icefields Parkway. If you...More

1  Thank JKincentralIL
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20 July 2017|
Response from Wendy H | Reviewed this property |
I didn't think there was a fee all of the parks are free for Canada's 150 anniversary we certainly didn't pay anything. Not sure what time it is open, didn't seem to be a barrier of any kind & if the car park is closed a... More
18 July 2017|
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Response from Jennifer C | Reviewed this property |
Yes and on a leash
Annette L
8 May 2017|
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Response from Rick64 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I would say that the walk is suitable, as the paths and walkways are well maintained. However, I would come with suitable footwear for the terrain, hiking boots or sturdy hiking trainers. Its very safe for children, but... More