Johnson Canyon is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bighorn No 8, AB that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Super easy, the first 2km is paved. Super crowded on the weekend. I prefer to do this hike in the winter when it's not popular. This tends to be the go to hike for relatives or friends from out of town that aren't used to hiking.
Got there early as advised and it was still quite busy. Gets very crowded throughout the day so would advise getting their as early as you can so you aren't running into people. Trail thinned out after the upper falls to the ink pots and was more enjoyable but yet a good workout uphill. Ink pots were beautiful and worth seeing!
defiantly spectacular in the winter time make sure you wear your ice crampon's! great for the whole family! It is beautiful in the summer as well excellent place to bring Mom & Dad
We hiked it on a rainy day. A little too crowdy but nice if you have not much time. We have taken it all way up to ink pots. Less ppl at ink pots.
I enjoy this walk, but it's super crowded. If you want to avoid the crowds go early in the morning.
Easy and well established path.
Very busy, tough to get parking if you don't get there early. We spent all our time telling the kids to keep to one side of the wooden walkways so the people returning could get by. Didn't make it to the inkpots however I hear they're lovely.
Great trail. A little icy from the upper falls to the ink pots.
WARNING! To those looking for Johnstons Canyon; this is not it. The directions for this place took me to an offroad trail through the mountains that would be difficult to navigate for the average Joe. If you would like to find the actual Johnstons Canyon, use the other Trail Guide for "Johnstons Canyon in Banff". Do not use this trail if you do not have the right vehicle or experience for it. Several occasions we ended up driving over a frozen river and breaking through.
There are warning signs!! However they'v all been shot to bits by campers, so be fully aware that you have a good chance getting stuck in this place. If you do not have a proper 4x4 vehicle, you WILL get stuck.
Beautiful scenery none the less, but this is NOT Johnstons Canyon.
Busy Busy Busy, but the views are amazing and hiking this in the winter is super fun sliding down the icy hills, just don't hit anyone on the way down! I didn't get up to Ink pots because a lack of time maybe next trip though!
Love love this hike. I have done it a few times both in winter and summer. Can get really busy with people. You can choose the length of your hike by going just to the lower falls or all the way up to the upper falls or for the more adventurous there is the hike to the ink pots. The hike to the ink pot isn't as scenic but worthy to see the beautiful ink pots and view of the mountain meadow!!