Johnston Canyon Trail to Upper Falls

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Johnston Canyon Trail to Upper Falls is a 3.1 mile 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, nature trips, and snowshoeing.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1279 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

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.

1 day ago

Very nice hike, LOTS of people, very popular spot! Been on this hike twice, about 1-2 return.

hiking
4 days ago

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6 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Very crowded but the falls are beautiful. If you are looking for the "secret cave" it is exactly 0.42 miles from the sign that says "Upper Falls 0.9km". The trail is unmarked and is to the right just after the moss starts to be evident. You can see the green fence to the upper left as you descend down to the cave.

hiking
18 days ago

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19 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Far too crowded. Couldn't enjoy the views at all. It's cool how some of the path goes directly over the water in the canyon, but the falls are unimpressive and you're walking in a conga line the whole way there and back. The amount of people stressed me out... the opposite of what's supposed to happen on a trail.

hiking
25 days ago

26 days ago

horseback riding
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Was alright, too many people for my tastes. But none the less views we're good and got some decent photos of the falls.

We went a bit early in the season and there was a lot of ice/slush we weren't prepared for so be mindful of that!

hiking
1 month ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Good trail for beginners all year round. And please wear proper hiking shoes, as a lot of people there did not!

2 months ago

2 months ago

April 2, 2017

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous anytime of year. Have done this hike three times and it's always enjoyable and beautiful