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Scenic wooded canyon with trails for hiking and biking.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely delighted that we did this hike and it’s right up there amongst our favourites this trip. Well made paths and handrails where necessary. The views, landscape, falls and general scenery were exceptional and so photogenic. We went the day after thanksgiving, and there was...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

We walked to the lower falls, which was an easy hike overall with well maintained trail. We were there in mid-September, so there were still lots of tourists, and the parking overflowed onto the road in both directions. While the falls are nice (but not...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MizCharli
Reviewed 2 days ago

Parked at the bottom and off we went on this fab wee hike, not sooner had we started and the rain came and made for an adventure. Never the less we walked to both falls and were in awe of the views and sound of...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Highlander17
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a beautiful hike to the falls. It is fairly easy if you are going to the lower falls with lots of photo opportunities along the way. Once you are there, enjoy the bridge that overlooks the rushing water. Our guide mentioned that in...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank bballwey
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are 2 parts to these falls, the upper and lower. We did the lower. walk takes about a half hour. It's a paved trail with fencing bolted to the cliff. The parking lot at the restaurant is a pay parking, go down the road...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mark G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great hike. Minimal effort for a great reward. We did both upper and lower and if you can only do lower it is still great. Very busy, go early.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank krg999
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty views on the way up. Pretty accessible (we had a double buggy that we only had to lift over a couple of obstacles, it was well paved) though there were quite a few bits where we couldn’t pass anyone on the path with it,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Travelling_Lorri
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hmmm, I was not overwhelmed by Johnston Canyon. Most comments are really good, so I though it would be better. No offence, it is beautifull, but if your time is limited, I would prefer other things in this area. Also loads of people on this...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank soenenb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Johnston Canyon is a pretty hike along a series of teal-colored waterfalls on a trail that is sometimes attached to the canyon wall. Sounds scary but it isn’t. But fair warning: it’s long (2 hours round trip for us), at a fairly high altitude, and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mary L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After reading other reviews, we knew the parking lot was going to get full early so we arrived shortly after sunrise and were the only ones there. We hiked all the way to the Ink Pots, which was SO worth it for the amazing mountain...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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January 27, 2019|
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Response from Claudia d | Reviewed this property |
You can visit on your own but in this case I consider iit is rewarding to have extra information on the área from someone knowledgable and experienced We went with “ Discover Banff Tours” and our guide was Gina. Excellent... More
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August 23, 2018|
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Response from ShaunL | Reviewed this property |
The car parks fill up early and after that people seem to park along the road.
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July 28, 2018|
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Response from JenniferCR | Reviewed this property |
You most certainly do. Johnston Canyon is part of the Banff National Park. Rangers are very strict about park passes, be sure to stop and get one. Worth every penny!