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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” (308 reviews)
“ink pots” (170 reviews)
“ice cleats” (51 reviews)
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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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"lower falls"
in 308 reviews
"ink pots"
in 170 reviews
"ice cleats"
in 51 reviews
"small cave"
in 33 reviews
"easy hike"
in 93 reviews
"beautiful hike"
in 53 reviews
"ice climbers"
in 29 reviews
"avoid the crowds"
in 39 reviews
"frozen waterfalls"
in 30 reviews
"nice walk"
in 35 reviews
"paved path"
in 22 reviews
"parking lot"
in 73 reviews
"rushing water"
in 21 reviews
"hiking boots"
in 18 reviews
"arrive early"
in 20 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 19 reviews
"parking spot"
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

The Canyon is open as long as the road is. Crampons definitely required as the trail is very icy. Regular shoes won’t get you anywhere. Absolutely beautiful canyon views even when frozen!

Thank Ray K
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

We rented ice cleats as there were still feet of snow in late March. It is quite a hike up to the upper falls, but well worth it. Frozen waterfall and we walked on the frozen river to walk up to the frozen falls. Beautiful...More

Thank Michael P
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Never seen anything like it before, definitely worth the trip. We didn't have cleats and managed to go to the upper falls without a problem, but it'd definitely be easier with cleats. Beautiful scenery. A must in the Banff and surrounding area.

Thank Heidi W
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

I had a fantastic time, beautiful sights and definitely worth it! Went with a discovery tour guide, Neil, instead of alone and well worth it. Recieved information about the mountains and the canyon, as well as, recieved items to help walk normally to prevent falling...More

2  Thank Melanie R
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Last night we took a tour with Matt from Discover Banff and WOW. What an experience! Such an amazing Canyon with a cave and ice falls at the end. Matt was a wealth of information and covered everything from the history of the Camp family,...More

1  Thank Ottoclan
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

We did the Johnston canyon ice walk hike. If you do this in the winter, you must get the ice cleats. So worth it. We saw many people fall and slip who came with regular shoes. You can rent these shoe attachments at a local...More

Thank Robert L
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Both car parks were full when we visited around midday. The walk out to the falls was beautiful though, its amazing the things nature has created in this part of the world! I'd try go early to avoid the crowd.

Thank TJH92
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

This is a fantastic trip in spring. Late March or Early April. Ice grips on shoes are a must. To go to the end and see the falls both from the top and bottom, allow about 3 hours. The frozen waterfalls are nature's art. Unbelievable...More

Thank Glen S
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

My family of four (wife, 10 year old daughter, and 7 year old son) had a wonderful time with Norm. It was some exercise but worth the effort seeing the frozen falls and steep cliffs. The hot chocolate and maple cookies helped as well !

1  Thank Scott S
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

We booked to do the canyon on Christmas Day with Discover Banff Tours. The canyon itself was beautiful, full of frozen waterfalls and pools, and snow covered trees. The walk itself is reasonably easy, although we wore cleats which are essential as the ice-covered path...More

1  Thank Erkimi
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Ula T
16 January 2018|
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Response from CRBP1234 | Reviewed this property |
Johnson from Calgary ;one way) will be about 2hrs depending on roads probably around 2.5 at Johnson total you would have time for one other choice depending on how much daylight you have (my opinion)
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Erin J
4 November 2017|
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Response from Robert L | Reviewed this property |
It’s frozen right now. Really beautiful
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JeamesH914
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
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