Park in the Johnston
Canyon parking lot located on the Bow Valley Parkway 26kms West of Banff.
Banff National Park.
Description: This scenic hike/walk
is possibly the most crowded trail in
Banff National Park. Parking is not
easy to find and you can expect
to share the trail with large crowds of people
during both the
summer and winter months. The
trail is well groomed and winds it's
way up Johnston Canyon towards two
sets of water falls. The lower falls
are an easy 1.1km
walk, the second set of falls are
Views of the canyon and Johnston
Creek are beautiful. Interesting steel catwalks with
railings have been constructed and
attached to the canyon walls. Both
waterfalls offer well placed lookouts
for observing, unfortunately they're to
crowded to enjoy them.
Johnston creek runs crystal clear.
Pools below the falls and in
the canyon itself are mesmerizing.
If you have more energy you can keep
hiking past the upper falls to the
Inkpots, total distance one way
5.8kms. There you'll find 5 underground springs located in a beautiful Meadow.
The Inkpots are deep blue in color and worth the extra time and effort. This
area is less crowded as most people turn around at the second set of falls. The
pictures below were taken in early March. I can't seem to get into this area
during the summer due to the crowds.
Local campgrounds include
Castle Mountain and
Plain of Six
Larch Valley & Sentinel Pass,
Mount Fairview, Mount Temple,
located near here.
You are in bear country.