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 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
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
846 feet
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.

13 days ago

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Great winter hike!

2 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
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with some beautiful stop points!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy quick hike good for kids, get there early to avoid all the people.

hiking
4 months ago

A fairly easy, slightly elevated trail that is paved. Well traveled with other hikers. It travels along the side of a cliff and over a stream. There is a rail when you are near the cliff and over the stream. Two waterfalls to see. Both follow the same trail until the upper falls trail continues on. An enjoyable hike, we did it at the end of the day, starting at 5:30pm on a Sunday. Not too crowded but there is a good amount of people hiking with you and passing the opposite way.

walking
4 months ago

Very busy during Summer, I prefer the the Canyon in Winter as the frozen waterfalls are amazing.

4 months ago

Easy paved trail with great views. Good for the whole family. We walked to the falls and actually did a trail run back to the car. Doesn't take too long.

walking
4 months ago

best in the winter! its magical! kid friendly, cool to see the ice climbers as well!

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