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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” (301 reviews)
“ink pots” (165 reviews)
“ice cleats” (41 reviews)
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1500
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Rainy, but with the scent of pine and the beauty of the pre-winter scenery, made for a lovely walk. Walked past the upper chutes, but wasn’t wearing suitable rainproof clothes, so turned back. Plenty of water gushing through the canyon and shades of golds and...More

Thank GSD250
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have come here a lot over the past 15 years and it never disappoints. Depending on the time of year and the weather, it looks different each time. Definitely take the time to walk to at least the Lower Falls. Beautiful scenery!

Thank lynnlees62
Reviewed 3 days ago

This nearly flat paved walk through a wonderful wilderness was a real treat! The wide path is near enough to a stream that you always hear it, sometimes see it, until you get to the falls.We were there on a chilly October morning, the day...More

Thank happy_in_paris_10
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited Johnston Canyon as a last minute decision out of Calgary. It was a little overcrowded for my liking but the further up you went and off the beaten path it got much more enjoyable! The smells and sounds were enough to invigorate me...More

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved loved loved this hike...if you're physically able, go all the way to the ink pots...we spent about 6 hours doing it all with lots of breaks for lunch and photos...spectacular views and hike

Thank clarkscottkent
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I went for the day. We hiked to the upper falls but didn't make it to ink pots, but still well worth it. I went for the absolutely spectacular a d beautiful views of the waterfalls and unbelievable blue waterfalls. My boyfriend...More

Thank Dakota S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful scenery and a good workout to be had while exploring Johnston Canyon! The rushing glacial water carving the canyon was gorgeous and there are several waterfalls to photograph along the way. We were there midday and it was busy with tourists. Go early for...More

Thank jaimesteffen24
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a nice short hike of 2,5 km one way. It will take you through a little canyon and you will walk along or above the river most of the time. In the second part there are some elevation meters, so any fitness is preferable....More

Thank kjeld g
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice waterfalls but the best is really to go until Inkpots, after the 2 water falls, where you have a great view on mountains, plains with a narrow fresh river and of course with the "inkpots" that are just crystal clear and colorful.

Thank sdt_lyon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we only had time to walk to the first fall which was very envigorating. At places the path can be quite narrow and can only be accessed by one person at a time but the tourists keep moving as best they can, camera calls...More

Thank AnnEandCharles
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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.