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Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park

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Hike the scenic Johnston Canyon in the Banff National Park. A relatively easy trek, the route takes you along a well-maintained walkway with railings. Enjoy the picturesque view as you partake in the tranquil hike, and admire two scenic waterfalls along the way. You can continue to the meadow above the canyon to see six vibrant mineral springs known as the Ink Pots. In winter, parts of the trail can be icy or covered in snow, so walk carefully and bring suitable equipment. Plan to see Johnston Canyon and other attractions that appeal to you using our Banff National Park sightseeing planner.
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  • Have done this walk several times in the past and this time it was the warmest, and so the easiest. Great views and, being winter, very little other visitors ! 
    Have done this walk several times in the past and this time it was the warmest, and so the easiest. Great views and, being winter, very little other visitors !  more »
  • Johnson Canyon, west of Banff, is the most popular stop on the Bow Valley Parkway. The trail winds through the woods and along cantilevered walkways through the rock canyon. If you can, come early... 
    Johnson Canyon, west of Banff, is the most popular stop on the Bow Valley Parkway. The trail winds through the woods and along cantilevered walkways through the rock canyon. If you can, come early...  more »
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  • If you're looking for a beginner hike that is short, has beautiful views, and is free, then consider this one! I've done this hike twice, both times up to the Ink Pots. It's a beautiful hike for those who do not mind crowds (typically dissipates after Upper Falls). It's only about 1.5-2 hours one way & is an out-and-back trail. Well maintained and people seem respectful of the environment. One small path was blocked but that's a small sacrifice compared to the rest of it. If you want the path as private as possible, you'll need to go when it's dark out. It's open 24/7 so people go whenever pretty much.
  • Gorgeous hike with stunning views of rushing water, waterfalls and ridges. The trail is paved to lower and upper falls so it’s an easy hike that is primarily done by families. It can get really busy so consider hiking here during the off season. Go to Ink Pots for an optimal hiking experience.

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