Johnston Canyon is a spectacular gorge that winds its way through several waterfalls and a narrow valley. It can be hiked on in its full length on a narrow trail with small bridges.
In Johnston Canyon we experience the forces of nature up close. Over time, the flowing water has carved deep in the limestone and has created a narrow gorge and several waterfalls. Those who prefer easy trails in mild climate instead of steep mountain tours are exactly right on Johnston Trail. Not for nothing it is one of the most popular hiking trails in the entire region.
Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Banff. Therefore on nice days and weekends, many tourists cavort along the trails and the small wooden bridges in the gorge.
When visiting the Johnston Canyon you can get seriously wet, because waterfalls and rapids provide a high humidity in the area of the gorge.
The trail is accessible with sneakers to the Upper Falls. Who wants to go on from here, should wear hiking boots.
Johnston Canyon car park (1437 m)
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Johnston Canyon car park
We start at the north end of the parking lot and cross a bridge to Johnston Canyon Lodge. We follow the signs on a paved road along the west side of the river to the Lower Falls, a 10 meter high waterfall. We then continue on partially unpaved, but passable roads and slippery when wet wooden bridges along the impressive gorge, up to the over 30 m high Upper Falls. Here we can either go straight back or continue hiking for just under 6 km on a steep and very narrow path to the Ink Pots. These are six green colored pools where the spring water has a year-round temperature of 1 ° C.
Exit Trans-Canada Highway west of Banff, turn on the Bow Valley Parkway and continue to Johnston Canyon Lodge.
On the eastern side of Johnston Creek there is a large parking lot located at the trailhead.