The raw power of water is perfectly illustrated on this trail, one of Banff National Park 's favourite destinations.
Profile Last Updated: May 05, 2009
With two major falls and the stunning Ink Pots at the top end of the trail, Johnston Canyon offers spectacular views of nature's work. The first part of the trail, 1.1 km to the Lower Falls, is paved and accessible to tourists of all ages despite having to hang on to the canyon's walls in several places.
The Upper Falls are a further 1.6 km up the Canyon and are worth the extra effort. The six Ink Pots, clear green springs, offer a great lunch spot or can be used as a starting point for further exploration up the valley. The total distance of the hike is a 3 km loop and should take you about one hour. The trail follows the shoreline and is moist and shaded.
Starting Point: Leaving the Trans-Canada Highway at the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A) exit, follow the Parkway for 17.8 km to the Johnston Canyon lodge complex. The trailhead begins at the northern edge of the parking lot beyond the lodge.