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Ink Pots Hiking Trail

Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Endure, endure, endure

Thinking back I have to laugh! Mostly because it was a, somewhat, strenuous hike. The path starts... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sara C

The hike up to the ink pots was really not difficult at all. There isn't much to see when hiking... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
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Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thinking back I have to laugh! Mostly because it was a, somewhat, strenuous hike. The path starts at a fork near the end of Johnston Canyon Trail, where you have to hike up a few steps. The path, in itself, is comfortably wide and surrounded...More

Thank Sara C
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

The hike up to the ink pots was really not difficult at all. There isn't much to see when hiking up, but the place at the top is quite lovely and peaceful, so the short hike really made up for any missing view during the...More

Thank Immerenga
Reviewed 6 October 2017

We decided to go all the way to the ink pots at the end of the Johnston Canyon trail and were so glad we did. They were the absolute highlight of this walk and I'm amazed some people say "not to bother". The colors were...More

Thank YeeHaa
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

The first ~3.0 km (one way) is an easy trail on mostly boardwalk and flat surfaces. The walk is thru Johnston canyon which is truly spectacular. Most people stop here at the falls. I suggest an early start, before 10 am, if you want to...More

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Johnston Canyon is an 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...More

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 11 September 2017

We worked our way through the crowds at Johnson Canyon and enjoyed the views. At the top of the falls you are almost half way to the Ink Pots and it is worth the walk if you can continue. There is more uphill to go,...More

1  Thank Sue_in_Raleigh
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The hike to the Ink Pots starts along Johnston Canyon and is around 10 km round-trip. I arrived to the Johnston Canyon parking lot early in the morning (around 7 am) and was one of the first people there. Hiking Johnston Canyon was gorgeous in...More

2  Thank BrittanyAdventures
Reviewed 2 September 2017

We weren't sure about going but I can tell you it is well worth it. I would go early so you don't have people issues because it gets crowded. Our 9 yrld hiked the whole way about 8.3 miles total. it is so worth it...More

Thank Ken C
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We started this hike on the Moose Meadows trail( which only adds approximately 1 km to the hike) to avoid the huge crowds in Johnson Canyon. The Moose Meadows part of the hike was stunning-we only saw three people on the entire trail! Once we...More

Thank adventuremom28
Reviewed 24 August 2017

The trail is nice and the Ink Pots are interesting. We had a nice lunch by the river. We couldn't really see all the different colours, maybe it wasn't a good day - some smoke from wildfires in BC and partially clouded.

Thank Thiago d
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13 September 2016|
Response from driftdiver1 | Reviewed this property |
Sounds like you are well prepared. Having a pair of gloves and toque or head band in your back pack wouldn't hurt. In September you need to be prepared for all types of weather. Yesterday we hiked Sunshine Meadows and it... More