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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” (297 reviews)
“ice cleats” (40 reviews)
“small cave” (31 reviews)
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1500
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Reviewed 1 week 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.

1  Thank Visalia11
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

In order to enjoy the scenery, go early. I cannot stress this enough because this trail gets very crowded. Go early! We arrived before 7:00 am and enjoyed a leisurely hike. This is not possible if you arrive after 9:00 am. The walk back down...More

Thank Garbo16
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I arrived to Alberta the same day we did this hike, and boy are we happy we did it. We did he full hike all the way to the ink pots (5.5km one way). The falls were beautiful but there was lots...More

Thank Ausra N
Reviewed 1 week ago

this was almost 6 km to the upper falls and very arduous for me at 57 lots of steep up and down hill ...skinny paths ...sooo many people but it thined out after 2 km to the upper falls only the brave of heart going...More

Thank rlmptl
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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.