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Took the fam here last year, was awesome, busy but awesome.

hiking
5 hours ago

November 11, 2018. Beautiful canyon/river trail. Man-made trail structures throughout. If you have hiked before, this trail will not be a challenge except for the sometimes icy conditions. Good traction hiking boots are a must or a traction device (spikes/cleats) if you are not used to packed snow/icy conditions. This trail is pretty busy so do not expect to be alone with nature. Crowds aside, the canyon and falls are worth it. Enjoy!

Nov 10 beautiful frozen falls. I recommend crampons. Even good hiking boots still slip in some areas.
Washrooms are on site..

I climbed the rocks but there is a path behind it as well. Beyond belief beautiful.

It looks photoshopped in real life.

Well worth the time. When you get to the falls and start to go down, the easier path goes straight while a steep and slick path goes to the left. I wish the huge pile of dirt didn't block the views from the bottom.

The hike isn't that long and is very easy and the views are absolutely breathtaking!! Definitely the most beautiful and crystal clear lake close to Banff!! My oldest son even drank water from the lake.

Nov 3, 2018
Johnston Canyon was awesome—is great if you love water. The river through the canyon was beautiful. Easy hike on paved trail. The trail to ink pots was a bit more difficult, but not too intense. We rented crampons and made heavy use of them (lots of steep icy inclines). The ink pots are nestled in a valley next to the upper river. While not as bright blue as we expected due to the cloud cover, they were still amazing. The surrounding mountain views are awesome too—we sat for a while and had a snack before making the trek back.

Nice views, but the high amount of tourists ruin this “hike.” I’d go elsewhere if your looking for something peaceful and remote.

Definitely worth the trip!

After seeing Johnston Canyon, you can continue the uphill and slightly monotonous trail to the Ink Pots. The Ink pots are pretty cool and there’s a steam near them, but I would spend time hiking elsewhere if I had it to do over again.

late fall is great for serenity, as I heard it gets quite busy.

This this one about 3 weeks ago. Loved Johnston Canyon! Was a tiny bit disappointed with the Ink Pots, but still a very beautiful place.

Just wow...must-see waterfalls. The trail was good, easy peasy up to the upper water falls...from there to the summit, cardio-strength exercise...btw, it was a bit icy, but I made it with running shoes...from the summit to the ink pots, cleats must be worn, sharp slopes covered with ice. In total, I loved it :) take a look at photos I took

October 27
10/10 waterfalls!! we went all the way to the Upper Falls. there's some icy patches to watch out for, but we did fine wearing blundstones and runners. arrived by 10AM and the parking lot still had 40% of its spaces remaining :) would go again

Great family hike that is so kid friendly this is an extremely busy from spring thaw to early September hike that is used by many different skill levels.

Easy hike. Nice views and not so crowded. In parts the trail is a bit icy, but it's walkable.

walking
20 days ago

Since it was so close to the main road, was an easy side trip to do .. the falls I didn’t think were too impressive however the backdrop with the mountains looked amazing.

nature trips
20 days ago

Beautiful trail. We made it in the end of October and there were close to none tourists.

hiking
20 days ago

Did this walk early in Oct after a snow fall. track was very icy and treacherous but the view was well worth it.

great hike . we go from 5th bridge up to 1st bridge,then back to 5th bridge. takes about 2 hours. 5th bridge to 1st bridge is 21 km and 6th to 5th bridge is 19km. we do not go for a full loop this time but plan to a full loop from 1st till 6th in coming spring or summer
Great view You can really see how amazing nature can be

A must see if you are in and around Banff .. short drive up and the scenery is spectacular .. I’ve has started to build up sonic you have some cleats handy, make sure you bring them along .. ok, lookout does get crowded however, not a reason not to miss out!

Definitely not a hike, but a trail. Super easy, great place for a picnic and to see some wonderful waterfalls.

Amazing view, but not the best experience. The lookout is so crowded, it’s like a mosh pit.

Note that the trail is icy. However, as of the 20th of October, the bus road is closed, and not as slippery. Best that you walk up this road if you don’t have cleats.

This is a great trail to get some fantastic views of the waterfalls Johnston Canyon has to offer. The trail is improved/paved until you reach the upper falls and then it is a well marked dirt trail that is easy to follow. After the upper falls we needed hiking spikes as the trail was rather icy in spots and for the final descent into the valley that holds the ink pots. Overall a moderate hike if you go all the way to the pots. The views at the Ink Pots are worth the hike themselves but the waterfalls are spectacular and really offer some great views along the way.

Meh. Crowded, only a few decent views. Easy hike if you only have an hour or two, but there are absolutely much better treks in the park.

A hidden gem! We had gone in end-Aug with 2 yr olds and it was by no means a toddler friendly hike although our little legged ones managed to haul themselves up the path and to the narrow ledge beside the fall. The hike itself is pretty amazing and the reward of viewing the falls was worth it! If you do decide to take kids under 5 yrs, keep a darn close eye on them and keep them next to you.

Loved it even though it is fairly well traveled with other hikers. Also recommend using crampons or some such device if the Park's trail conditions reports suggest it. We did not get very far since the trails were complete ice that day but were able to enjoy some by holding onto the railings.

October 9
Cool hike, great views of the canyone and walking right above it on the path and grates. Very icy though, high fall risk, crampons suggested. The only problem with this hike being the amount of people there (high) and the amount of people falling and basically scrambling not to fall because of the ice.

Great for the whole family, a lovely sightseeing opportunity without too much work. A bit busy though, and pushy tourists to avert, but a great time nevertheless!

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