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Johnston Canyon, Alberta


A popular hiking trail follows the canyon and leads to a meadow within the Johnston Valley above the canyon. The first part of the trail consists of a constructed walkway with safety rails and bridges, while the last part of the trail is natural and more rugged. Within the meadow are the Ink Pots, which are six blue-green spring-fed pools.

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Johnston Canyon Resort

Johnston Canyon Resort is rich with history. Named after a gold prospector, it has been a popular Banff attraction for over 100 years. The main lodge includes a coffee shop and outside patio to enjoy your morning coffee, afternoon ice-cream and evening glass of wine. 

Choose from a selection of delicious entrees offered by the dining room or dine in your own cabin featuring kitchenettes.

Special Treats

Reward yourself with a delicious Breyer’s ice cream cone after your hike or one of the best milkshakes around!


Located at the entry and end point of the Johnston Canyon Trail.

The Lower Falls

Johnston Canyon is one of the most spectacular natural features in Banff National Park. Rather than running along the rim, a catwalk leads through the depths of the canyon and through a low tunnel to emerge at the impressive Lower Falls.

Distance: 1.2 km one way

Time: One hour return

The Upper Falls

Beyond the Lower Falls, this trail switchbacks up to a string of waterfalls along Johnston Creek, including the 30 metre-high Upper Falls. For a unique perspective, continue to the viewpoint at the top of the falls.


Distance: 2.4 km one way


Time: 1.5-hour return

The Ink Pots

Beyond Johnston Canyon, a lightly traveled trail continues up and over a forested ridge to emerge in an open meadow where warm water bubbles up from deep below the Earth’s surface into shallow pools.


Distance: 5.4 km one way


Time: Four hours return

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