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Johnston Canyon

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Address: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.

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Amazing access to a seemingly inaccessible place

This is a beautiful and easy hike through a fabulous river canon. The walkways in some places are cantilevered right over the river. Take a camera, but go early, because the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful and easy hike through a fabulous river canon. The walkways in some places are cantilevered right over the river. Take a camera, but go early, because the trail (and the parking) gets crowded pretty quickly.

Thank Nardosmom
Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad we decided to go it on our own instead of doing the tour! We stayed like 5 hours and even ventured down some little side trails! DO Absolutely stop in town and buy some ice cleats to slip onto the bottom of your shoes!! They were $40 US each, which was cheaper than the tour and we own... More 

Thank SundaeDriver
Saskatoon, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been here a few times before, usually in summer and always something different to see. Early spring presents a few challenges such as ice on path but there are new handrails since the last time which made it much better to hang onto. Would have been best if we had bought or rented ice picks for our shoes... More 

Thank Kirk W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

in winter it's just breathtaking! the way up has ice an it so better take spikes with u. but it's a adventurous way up and we had a lot of fun.

Thank Anika B
calgary, alberta, canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked up to the upper falls which is about 1 and a half miles each way. There is still a lot of ice on the on the trails and where the sun was not softening if up it was very icy. We all had good hiking boots but there were places where cleats would have helped. Under the ice... More 

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Lansdowne, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my adult children and we enjoyed it. We didn't have cleats which would have helped. We were still able to manage it. The lower falls are amazing and going through the rock cut to see them close up was fantastic. Unless you don't have a car I would suggest not paying for the tour. My kids enjoyed... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the evening ice walk. The shuttle picked us up at our hotel. Our guide, Neil was FANTASTIC. I would have hired him for our entire stay in Banff. Being guided by someone so passionate and experienced gives you such a wonderful sense of anticipation and trust that you'll have a great experience. He explained everything so well, was... More 

Thank Melissa C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The roads are kept clear and the trails are well used. There isn't much of a climb to get to the top of the upper falls, but the trail is very slippery in spots, especially on sunny winter/spring days. With snow boots or at least inexpensive ice traction grips on your shoes, it's easy. There were people slipping around and... More 

Thank Knansea
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured Johnston Canyon with Banff Adventure Tours in January. It was nothing short of spectacular. The scenery was just beautiful and I would highly recommend.

Thank Jodie S
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Johnston Canyon is a lovely place to explore - it offers something for everyone. There is the hike to the lower falls and upper falls, and you can continue to go up mountain to a more remote area. If you do the upper and lower falls, it is about 4 miles roundtrip. It is also a place with a well... More 

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