A short 25 minute drive west from Banff or east from Lake Louise on the Bow Valley Parkway takes you to Johnston Canyon Resort. (see detailed map and directions)
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We sometimes recommend that you drop into the visitor centers of the mountain parks to gain more appreciation for the area you are in, and to obtain expert advice on specific interests.
Take Highway 1 past Banff. After approximately 6 kilometers, turn right onto Bow Valley Parkway. Drive approximately 17 kilometers, turn right into Johnston Canyon parking lot.
The Johnston Canyon trail is located at the base of Café and restaurant. As you journey up the Canyon trail, the rugged wilderness is tamed by the well-used path and you are invited onward. Glimpses of wildlife can be seen along the trail – either in body or evidenced by tree markings. You can use your imagination to visual a bear scampering up that tree after being startled, or the elk marking its territory with its majestic rack.
The soothing waters of the creek provide background music on your trek and grow to a crescendo as you approach the Lower and Upper Falls. A viewing platform has been erected over the creek for the best possible view of the 30 m cascade of water of the Upper Falls. The trail continues on to the Ink Pots in a breath-taking open forest meadow. This 5.9 km (3.7 mile) easy to moderate hike is well worth adding to your list of Rocky Mountain vacation ideas.
When you stay at Johnston Canyon resort you are only 25 minutes from swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, a ride in a gondola and shopping in Banff and Lake Louise. You can also visit our neighboring parks of Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper to view and experience many more attractions. A drive up to the Columbia Ice fields is only 90 minutes away. Here you can actually go out on a glacier is a breathtaking experience.
|Calgary to Banff||1.5hrs||135km||84mi|
|Banff to Johnston Canyon||25min||25km||15 mi|
|Banff to Lake Louise||50min||50km||31mi|
|Johnston Canyon to Lake Louise||30min||35km||22mi|
|Johnston Canyon to Jasper||3hrs||275km||171mi|
|Johnston Canyon to Radium||1.25hrs||110km||68mi|