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, 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.

6.5 miles 2094 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

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2 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
2 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!

walking
2 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
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

On the advice of another reviewer, I left early so I missed the crowds entirely on the way up. I sat at the inkpots long enough to have lunch before anyone else joined me. The trip down was relatively quiet until the second falls then the crowds were unbelievable.

2 months ago

It was amazing, but only because there was nobody else on the trail.

2 months ago

It was an awesome 11km hike to the Ink Pots. This place gets crazy busy so arrive early!!! Such a fun day. It took us 3 hours round trip, but we didn't stop much!!!

hiking
3 months ago

The Falls and the hike are beautiful. the crowds....not so much. So, get there as early as you can. This trail is definitely a must do if you're in the Banff area!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy, picturesque hike that is good for all skill levels. I recommend getting there before 9am to avoid the crowds and tour buses.

hiking
3 months ago

Good day hike in late August. The trail is very busy on Wednesday afternoon. Good view and decent elevation gain. Would recommend to anyone while visiting banff national park.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous! We only went to the lower falls, but even that half-hour section was amazing. Most of the trail goes over catwalks built into the rock wall, which give you great views of the blue water down below. When you get to the lower falls, you climb through a little cave tunnel to get to a perch right next to the waterfall. So cool!! An easy but exciting and view-filled, family-friendly hike.

3 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

A fantastic canyon walk to 2 spectacular falls and then beyond. I'm only giving this 3 stars due to the massive crowds. Show up before 9 or it will seem like your walking in a mall on Boxing Day. Once you pass the upper falls you leave the crowds behind. In winter please where ice spikes !! Half the people did not have them when we went and this caused a massive slowdown on our way back.

3 months ago

We only went as far as the waterfalls, but it was a cool hike, crowded though, be prepared for people, cat walks over the creek are a cool thing