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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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“lower falls” (291 reviews)
“ink pots” (213 reviews)
“ice cleats” (42 reviews)
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1500
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Reviewed yesterday

nice paved trail up to the upper falls. There are quite a few view spots, some of them quite impresive. Many squirrels and chipmunks all over the place. Did not go all the way to the inkpots due to lack of time. Spent about 3...More

Thank wisniak
Reviewed yesterday

OK hike along the river. Paved most of the way- so be prepared for all abilities and strollers. Pretty waterfall, although crowds made it hard to enjoy. Recommended that you continue on past the waterfall to Ink Pots. Less traveled and really unique area- small,...More

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a great walk that could be adapted to suit most people. You could walk to just the lower falls or continue to the upper falls, or you could just turn round if you'd had enough. The walk was mostly paved and only slightly...More

Thank Gill C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a very popular hike so expect crowds. We only went to first major water fall but really enjoyed it. Trail follows river and is very pretty.

Thank Visalia11
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a lovely walk and the many views of waterfalls make it worth carrying a tripod if you have one. The picture opportunities are amazing. It gets crowded fast so be sure to go early - and use the washroom before you go as...More

Thank Mary V
Reviewed 3 days ago

It's a bit of a climb if you aren't in great shape, but well worth it. The walkways snake along the canyon walls and provide a great and safe viewing opportunity of the Johnston Creek. Try going early to avoid the hordes of people; it's...More

Thank Luna2na
Reviewed 3 days ago

We climbed up to the second waterfall. The round trip took 2-2.5 hours.The paths are well laid out and the walk is not too difficult.People with small children may struggle.The parking was tight and I would recommend arriving early in high season.The food at the...More

Thank awardle2016
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very nice walk to the waterfall. Try to be there outside of rush-hours (10-5), a lot of people between these hours.

Thank Nina189849
Reviewed 5 days ago

Walk to the lower falls is quite enjoyable and worth the trip but I'm not sure about the upper falls. Upper falls are mostly uphill and I found a bit difficult, although I should point out we had already hiked about 7km at Lake Louise...More

Thank shinysycamore
Reviewed 6 days ago

I'm spoiled. I live near the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area near Portland, Oregon. Miles of hiking trails and 77 waterfalls. I used to hike in parks along Minnesota's Lake Superior North Shore. So I'm not a novice to hiking. Even did some hiking by Chesapeake...More

Thank F4981JCmichaels
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30 July 2017|
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Response from Wendy H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Someone else asked a similar question. There was no barrier across the car park or footpath to the falls so it might not have an 'opening' time. A lot of people even parked on the grass as the car park was full so you... More
20 July 2017|
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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 RANR6 | Reviewed this property |
I did see a few pets on leash. Not sure if they are officially allowed or not.. but I didn't feel like anyone is there watching for stuff like that.