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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2263 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

snow

6 minutes ago

Good hike, ink pots are very interesting. Only down side is the it is busy until you pass the upper falls.

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3 days ago

Great waterfalls, but very busy/commercial hike. Go early or pass if you prefer quiet hikes.

Johnston canyon is beautiful but really touristic, I think the hike to the ink pots is really worthy because it was so interesting and there is not that much tourist

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Went to the ink pots for the first time. Decent hike, but going through Johnston canyon with a dog was a bit of a headache because most of the paths are super narrow. That makes it hard if either other people are afraid of dogs (and you don't know what they'll do to yours when you walk by/you're trying to keep enough distance between your dog and them so they don't have to worry) or your dog is the slightest bit curious and wants to say hi to everyone. I believe you can go from moose meadows to the ink pots though, so if you're looking for a quieter route I'd recommend that.

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11 days ago

love love love!

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22 days ago

Get there early but not to early as the gates do not open till 8am. Great hike going up but going down it was way to busy. Loved the views!

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25 days ago

Busiest trail I've hiked but to be expected for a Saturday afternoon. Weekday hike would have been more enjoyable.

Be prepared for large families, strollers and 2-, 3- and 4-across walkers and a slow pace until you get past the upper falls.

Paved path up until the upper falls. Leashed dog friendly. Lots of photo ops. River, falls and ink pots were beautiful.

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25 days ago