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Johnston Canyon

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

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US$54.83*
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Johnston Canyon Icewalk
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1-Day Photography Adventure in the Canadian Rockies
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff

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Winter Wonderland

We did NOT do this with a tour. It isn't necessary, especially if you have your own transportation. If you have to get a taxi and rent your ice cleats, you might as well take the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Patrick L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We did NOT do this with a tour. It isn't necessary, especially if you have your own transportation. If you have to get a taxi and rent your ice cleats, you might as well take the tour for the same cost. But with your own transportation, this is an amazing free hike. We were lucky enough to visit during a... More 

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Houston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a gorgeous canyon with waterfalls, caves, and beautiful scenery. We walked up to the Upper Falls and you can get right up to the waterfall. I saw a few people bring their swimsuit and got in the water. The paths are narrow and it is crowded so try and go at an off time. Also, this is a... More 

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Galveston Island, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Took another advisor's recommendations and skipped purchasing the tour for this. Is doable without a guide. Definitely rent cleats in Lake Louise or Banff and take your camera. Was -25° Fahrenheit, bundle up. We planned a late afternoon walk, hardly any crowds, however watch the sunset time… Spotted a fox in the parking lot at dark.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

During our winter visit to Banff we visited Johnston Canyon. The ride from Banff to Johnston Canyon over the Bow Valley Parkway is beautiful! There is only one parkinglot open and it was a bot crowded. The walk to the lower and upper falls were beautiful. There is a lot of snow / ice on the trails and for some... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went as an organised group through Banff tours. The canyon is very pretty when frozen. The walk is fairly easy going and there was a few stops on the way up. Very enjoyable. Don't forget your camera.

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Marbella, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The day I visited it was -25c so I only made the lower falls! It was an easy walk which took about 40 mins there and back and well worth it. The falls were frozen which made the hike and views spectacular. I had normal winter boots and found the walk fine. Next time I visit hopefully it will be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely visit this place! The ice formations are pretty amazing. If you like a nice hike with plenty of amazing scenery, then this canyon is a must. There is also the ability to go ice climbing if you have the equipment and knowledge. Make sure you have decent boots with crampons otherwise you will really struggle not to slip over.... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We greatly enjoyed the hike up to the lower and upper falls. The upper falls is 1km further but I highly recommend the extra walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely breathtaking. The falls are amazing when frozen in the winter. The hike is fairly easy, but can be slightly slippery in the winter. Average winter boots were enough to get us through the lower and upper falls but we did not go to the inkpost. Lower and upper falls took approximately 2 hours in total, another 4km for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So quiet, serene, peaceful and beautiful, one could spend the whole day just taking a short hike into the forest and just listen to the sounds of the running stream.

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