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Johnston Canyon Trail to Upper Falls

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Banff National Park

Johnston Canyon Trail to Upper Falls is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 774 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

paved

views

waterfall

wildlife

snow

Note: The off-trail cave area for viewing the iconic rock was CLOSED and roped off. 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.

17 hours ago

Very nice. The restaurant at the bottom of the trail is somewhat reopened. The road is closed to motor vehicles. Bring your bicycle.

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8 days ago

Good trail but very busy.

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8 days ago

When there are many people, the easy trail doesn't feel easy.

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2 months ago

Amazing place to go! We loved it.

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2 months ago

Crampons and or poles would of made my hike easier and safer.

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2 months ago

Walked up to the upper falls & observation deck today. Trail was snow packed but not icy or slippery yet - probably because of all the snow the past few days. We didn’t have crampons or polls and had no problem. Beauty day and surprisingly not busy!

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snow
2 months ago

Crampons make this trail a lot more accessible. Just lovely. Fun to watch the ice climbers at the end.

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2 months ago

Really beautiful hike. However, usually very busy, especially in the summer. You’ll likely get stuck behind strollers. Definitely family friendly! Pretty icy in spots during the winter. They also have an ice cream shack at the beginning.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike on a sunny day in late May: some of the big falls were a little iced over but the main series of falls had thawed and were absolutely gorgeous. Some parts are on bridges immediately above running water. Lots of information on panels along the trail. Very interesting and breathtaking.

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2 months ago

Great snowy day in February. Crampons made the hike easier and safer. The waterfalls are breath taking and well worth the drive and hike.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

beautiful real. highly recommend going in winter. well travelled and for good reason. if you are looking for a easy but rewarding one this is for you

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3 months ago

icy
3 months ago

Great hike for beginners with amazing views. Lots of people use the trail even in winter.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Nice quick hike to the upper falls where we saw some ice climbers. We also saw a pine marten on the trail, which was very exciting! Lots of people but it wasn't too bad because we arrived early, but definitely more people coming up as we headed down

3 months ago

entrance location 51°14'42"N 115°50'24"W

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Beautiful 2.5 km trail. gps a bit off, definitely not 87 km in a couple of hours .

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike to the upper and lower falls. Ice cleats are a must but the handrails through much of the hike were useful for some.

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