Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots

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Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.5 miles 2263 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

snow

hiking
4 days ago

It was beautiful, but rather congested. I would definitely recommend proper shoes/equipment. We wore just regular shoes and It was extremely slippery. We fell a couple times, but it was hilarious and fun for my friends and I.

8 days ago

14 days ago

Good grade for running, but can be heavy traffic to the falls, clearing up considerably thereafter. Worth it to continue on to the inkpots.

hiking
25 days ago

Great icefalls but most inkpots are covered in snow at the moment.
Definitely need yaktrax for this walk, or even up to the falls.

1 month ago

Love this place. Have been twice in the last year. Both summer and winter have their own unique beauty. Only downside is it can get very busy in the afternoon, so go early.

2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

Nice easy walk but very crowded. Beautiful waterfalls.

walking
2 months ago

This is such a great photo opportunity walk! Very easy but an amazing chance to see some beautiful views all year round. It's stunning in the winter, just watch your footing for hidden ice!

4 months ago

hiking
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5 months ago

Beautiful walk and very fascinating Ink Pots. never seen anything like it before.
took my pup for the hike and recommend going first thing in the morning (6-7am) he enjoyed most of trail off leash cause no one was around. on walk back it got very busy and touristy the last 2km

walking
5 months ago

Obviously incredibly beautiful scenery. The large downside is that it is way too overcrowded to even walk at your own pace. There were line ups to take photos in front of viewpoints on the trails! After the upper falls the crowds thin out and the trail gets a little bumpy. A few ups and downs but not too difficult before you hit the ink pods. Nice views of the mountains and stream at the pods. Go early for parking and be on the lookout for bears!

hiking
5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

A very busy route, but a lovely hike for any skill level. I've been twice, at the beginning of January as well as in April, and both times the conditions were awesome. Trail can get very muddy but nothing too steep even for novice hikers. Cool to watch ice climbers at the Ink Pots in the winter.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful view of the waterfall. Trail is narrow in some places. Crowded- so get there early.

5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful easy hike. In a limestone canyon. Along a boardwalk with a few waterfall. A must do for everyone.