Johnston Canyon Trail to Upper Falls

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Johnston Canyon Trail to Upper Falls is a 5.0 kilometer out and back trail located near Massive, 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
5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
258 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

With over one million visitors per year Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Banff National Park. The lower falls is very powerful and can be approached via footbridge and pedestrian tunnel, while the upper falls is highest and can be taken from a platform at the base or top of the falls.

hiking
10 days ago

Did the trail to the Upper Falls on February 8th right after the snowfall. Beautiful hike. Used yaktrax’s to help steady myself on the trail. Probably didn’t need them. Highly recommend for beginners

15 days ago

So beautiful! Definitely take shoe spikes in the winter! Lifesavers!

hiking
17 days ago

Easy family trail/walk. It's crowded even in winter, I couldn't imagine during summer with strollers... Cleats recommended. Nice view and fun for kids.

hiking
21 days ago

Feb 04.
My phone died, so the recording is inaccurate.

-15, still comfortable temperature as long as the appropriate clothing is used.

Some steeper parts, but has rails almost the whole way along, handy. Hiking sandles would be comfortable in the summer. Saw several kids around 5yo doing just fine. Path is narrow especially with heavy traffic, strollers not ideal.

Completed this in 1hr at a moderate pace, plenty of stops for photos.

VERY busy in the summer until past the upper Falls.

1 month ago

great winter hike! so beautiful.

1 month ago

Nice leisurely walk for all ages, beautiful scenery busy during the day with lineups on the foot bridge near the lower falls.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Dec 9/17 - we started out around 1130 and the trail was not overly busy. The weather was mild and the trail was very slippery in many areas. Though many other hikers were struggling and having difficulty with the trail, we had purchased Hillsound Crampon Pros and had no traction issues, even on the icy inclines. We ventured up above the upper falls towards the ink pots but turned back as my girlfriend had a recent knee injury that was starting to flare up. It was a very enjoyable hike. Without the cleats it would have been very difficult and a good way to risk injury.... as we saw from one of the more unfortunate people who were coming back with facial lacerations and a bruised ego.

2 months ago

Good beginners hike or if you only have a little time in the Banff area.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice walk, not really a hike. Wouldn’t recommend in the winter, it was super icy; If so you definitely cleats. It Was busy even in December.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! The trail was a bit icy in places but with cleats it was no problem. The falls in winter are something to see.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views. Make sure you have spikes for shoes. Trail gets very slippery and difficult but worth I️t for the views and experience. We hopped the rails at both waterfalls for some incredible views.

hiking
3 months ago

I wanted to pick a decent day to do this trail when the falls were frozen to take some pictures. With a forecast of +5C and mainly sunny skies I got what I wanted. The trail is easy, mostly on boardwalks attached to the canyon walls, kind of busy (even for late November) but nothing like it would be in the busy months. The sign said close to one million people do at least pat of the trail every year. It's a must-do for anyone visiting Banff. We spent roughly 2 hours on the trail. Ice grips on the boots were essential. The snow was wet and extremely slippery. Can't imagine what it would be like early in the day after a night below freezing. Lots of people with normal hikers and such were slip sliding all over the place. Not fun. This was our second hike to the upper falls, next time we'll go in the spring and go right to the Ink Pots.

3 months ago

Great winter hike!

3 months ago

Love this hike. If you’re going to the Ink Pots in the winter months, be sure to wear proper footwear as it’s very slippery.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice, but get there early. The lot fills up quickly and the trail gets crowded

3 months ago

Beautiful trail for all skill levels (although not difficult). Waterfalls and rock walls are stunning.

4 months ago

Nice trail, with some great views of the falls. No gear needed.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Another gem! Capture moments close to nature and best part family with kids and grand pa grand ma friendly!

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