Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park

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Hike the scenic Johnston Canyon in the Banff National Park. A relatively easy trek, the route takes you along a well-maintained walkway with railings. Enjoy the picturesque view as you partake in the tranquil hike, and admire two scenic waterfalls along the way. You can continue to the meadow above the canyon to see six vibrant mineral springs known as the Ink Pots. In winter, parts of the trail can be icy or covered in snow, so walk carefully and bring suitable equipment. Plan to see Johnston Canyon and other attractions that appeal to you using our Banff National Park sightseeing planner.
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  • There is lots of parking on site but it fills up quickly!! We arrived around 9:30 and it wasn't too busy but when we left it was packed! Bathroom and a cafe on site. We only did the hike to the... 
    There is lots of parking on site but it fills up quickly!! We arrived around 9:30 and it wasn't too busy but when we left it was packed! Bathroom and a cafe on site. We only did the hike to the...  more »
  • Beautiful views and worth the hike up. The car park is RV friendly and with facilities, there is also a cute gift shop, coffee and cafe place too at the bottom. The hike it very friendly with steps... 
    Beautiful views and worth the hike up. The car park is RV friendly and with facilities, there is also a cute gift shop, coffee and cafe place too at the bottom. The hike it very friendly with steps...  more »
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  • What a beautiful hike. Make sure you use the washroom before the hike as there is no place to "Go in the woods" along the hike and could be gone a couple hours. Out houses at the parking lot. Make sure to bring a camera. We went in the off season on a week day and the parking was already getting pretty full. I would definitely go EARLY on weekends, holidays, or warmer months.
  • We got an early start at 7:00 am day after Labor Day and it was truly enjoyable. If you wait until 10 am the parking lot will likely be full. Magnificent views of the multiple falls and interesting river and rocks. The upper falls are about halfway to the ink pots and worth going and enjoying a lunch in the meadow with the dramatic mountains around you. Recommend bear spray and bells. No one had seen a bear recently that we spoke to, but you want to be safe.

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