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JOHNSTON CANYON TRAIL INFO

Your adventure begins with your choice of an easy 20 minute stroll to the lower falls at Johnston Canyon or 45 minutes to the upper falls at one of the most spectacular discoveries in Banff National Park.

Your scenic trail is well groomed and winds its way through Johnston Canyon towards seven sets of waterfalls. The lower falls are an easy 1.1K walk, the second set of falls are 2.7K. Views of the Canyon and Johnston Creek are beautiful. Interesting steel catwalks with railings have been constructed and attached to the canyon walls with well placed lookouts for observing and wonderful photo opportunities. You will find yourself adventuring in limestone caves and walking on narrower plank like catwalks crossing Johnston Canyon Creek.

To prepare for your adventure we provide a restaurant, ice cream stand and gift shop at the base of the trail. Stock up with water and snacks!

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR CAMERA TO JOHNSTON FALLS

Great photo memory opportunities abound at the lower falls as you experience the natural fresh scents and sounds of nature and running water. Owls along with ground squirrels, dippers and other birds have been spotted along the trail so be prepared.

The upper falls covers more elevation and if you can imagine was the sight for a Guiness book of records as a kayaker careened over the falls to claim a new world record some years ago. Your trip returns the same way and offers unique views as you follow the creek back and with several scenic viewpoints, like this small set of cascading waterfalls.

THE TRAIL TO THE INK POTS BEYOND THE UPPER FALLS

The Ink Pots consist of several pools made up of emerald coloured mineral springs that bubble to the surface. If you have time, carry on to the Ink Pots for a more serene and personal trek. Continuing from the upper falls the trail is a moderate climb out of the canyon for 3 km’s through the forest. It opens up to a meadow where the Ink Pots were created. The hike from the upper falls to the Ink Pots takes approximately one hour..

DISTANCES, HIKING TIME AND ELEVATION TO THE UPPER AND LOWER JOHNSTON FALLS

  • Time to reach lower falls 20 minutes, 1.1 km one way, elevation gain of 30 meters.
  • Time to reach upper falls, 45 minutes, 2.6 km’s one way, elevation gain of 120 meters.
  • Return trip going to both lower and upper falls allow 2 to 2.5 hours.

HIKING TIPS FOR JOHNSTON CANYON

  • The trail has a lot of shaded areas, it can get cool even in summer months, dress in layers to adjust to the temperature as needed.
  • Pack drinking water and a snack.
  • In the summer months comfortable footwear is fine, but hiking shoes are more appropriate if the trails are wet, muddy or have snow packed and/or icy sections.
  • Take your time and stop for a rest as needed.

SPRINGTIME AND FALL HIKING

Springtime and Fall is generally quieter than the summer months. Due to the amount of shade and cooler temperatures in the canyon the trails can reflect the condition of the trail. It’s a good idea to inquire with one of the tourist offices in either Banff or Lake Louise for current trail conditions.

Johnston Canyon trail is open all year round. The main lodge is open from May 16 until Oct 25

Feel free to email us if you have any other inquires or suggestions. Thank you for your attention and visiting our website. We hope it has been a help to you as you plan your vacation.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT JOHNSTON CANYON RESORT!

Our guests have had great things to say about their Johnston Canyon Resort lodging, food and sights and we welcome your suggestions. Our Resort strives to deliver the most talked about experience you will have in the Banff and Lake Louise area. We offer all the comforts of a cozy cabin in a mountain environment that cannot be compared in Rocky Mountains.

  • We were delighted with the cabin for comfort and its furnishings. We met the cleaning staff and they were extremely courteous and friendly. We found the place rather large so we would have liked to have had a map.

    -Kari S., Edmonton, Canada
  • Our Cabin was adorable and perfect and we hope they never change it. The walk next to the resort was fabulous. The walk can get pretty busy during the day because it is such a lovely walk.

    -Larry C., Airdrie, Canada
  • We were thrilled with our cabin and the close proximity to everything that we wanted to see and do in the area. We found the staff so incredibly helpful and informative.

    -Jim D., Regina, Canada

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