Johnston Canyon Trail to Lower Falls is a 4.8 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Massive, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
242 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

paved

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
3 days ago

Can get icy spikes are recommended for the winter if you head past lower falls. I usually stop here and then head to the upper falls. Lots to see at Johnston Canyon

hiking
17 days ago

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

hiking
24 days ago

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.

hiking
27 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Nice trail but too many people!

2 months ago

Get there early. The crowds start to accumulate at 9am.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on Friday afternoon with a good friend just to the lower Falls was a nice little hike. Lots of people out there but nice scenery. Maybe next time I’ll get to the upper Falls and ink pots

hiking
2 months ago

This was a very beautiful hike. We went during the week about 2pm in August. There were a lot of people but still worth going to see it.

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty canyon. Lots of people like everyone mentioned. Arrive by 8 am and you should get a parking spot in the lot, otherwise you will be with many others out parked on the road. Hike to the upper falls it's the best waterfall!

2 months ago

3 months ago

This is a busy trail, hit it early morning to avoid the crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked years ago with my children on a trip to Banff. Nice hike

3 months ago

If you come by 8.40 it's the perfect time to see this canyon. Not too crowded, and if you go to the upper falls, the light is beautiful by the time you reach them (sunrise + the smoke helped a little bit).
The first falls are very nice but the last waterfall is the best! When I came back I was so happy to have done it early, SO MANY PEOPLE!
The hike is really easy.
Perfect for smoky days.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful valley and falls. A site well worth seeing. The paved path is good and is easy for children, elderly, etc. The only reason I made this less than the five stars is because it is so very crowded. The parking lot at base of the trail is filled by 9am so go as early as you can.

3 months ago

Loved this hike, it was nice and short for my 9 yr old daughter as well, the path is paved which is nice. The path does get narrow at times but if managable.

hiking
3 months ago

The earlier you go the better. Parked around 0800 not too many cars in the lot and trails were really clear, which made for more photos without people obstructing the view. The trails are tighter from about the lower falls to upper falls (trails with a railing) so its single file each way during buisier hours (one person stops the whole line stops).

The inkpots portion was beautiful, challenging to get up there as it was all uphill compared to the other main stops (lower and upper falls) but worth it in the end. Also most people choose not to do this portion of the hike so bonus less congestion.

All in all with photos and off trail exploration, from start to inkpots (lunch time too!) and back down again it was about a good 6hrs. Would love to do it again!

hiking
4 months ago

A very nice trail for first time hikers. Be there early to enjoy the view and the sound of the water falls and also to avoid the crowd if you want to take a video or photo of the falls.

hiking
4 months ago

Went pretty early around 6:30 am and there were already some people ahead of me. This was a cool hike and the falls even had a little cave you can go through and feel the spray from the water! Saw tons of people on my way down so definitely go early!

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty water and falls, but crowded

5 months ago

Very nice and easy walk. Quite busy though. I loved the lower falls better than the upper falls.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike with the family!

6 months ago

We loved this hike, but the trail was very icy. I strongly recommend cleats if you are not very comfortable on the ice. We didn’t go to the upper falls because we were not prepared for the ice.

If the snow was melted, this would be such a great trail. The way that the park built out the trail made it much more accessible to the public.

7 months ago

Easy hike; a little slippery at certain points. The views are amazing. Make sure to check out the cave!

hiking
8 months ago

Very slippery. Need spikes, very busy trail this weekend

hiking
8 months ago

Great short walk

The weather was nice ! Trail was not busy at time we were there . I love the fact that people who had their dogs were on leashes . I really enjoyed the hike to the lower falls .

9 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

One of the nicest ones

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Excellent one for and with kids! Must do when out here. We visited from Saskatoon.

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