Johnston Canyon is located in Banff National Park between Banff and Lake Louise on the Bow Valley Parkway (1A) and is a really beautiful place and unfortunately anything but an insider tip. But despite heavy visitor traffic, you shouldn’t miss the canyon with its waterfalls, and the few extra kilometers to the Ink Pots are also highly recommended.

You can try to avoid a full trail by getting up as early as possible and arriving outside the high season in Banff National Park. I was on the trail at the end of May around 10 a.m. and only met several people on the way back.

The approach to Johnston Canyon

Johnston Canyon is only 25 km from the town of Banff, which can be covered within 30 minutes. Just follow the Trans-Canada Highway (#1) north and a few kilometers later turn off onto the Bow Valley Parkway (#1A).

From March 1 to June 25, it is not allowed to drive on the Bow Valley Parkway between 18:00 and 09:00. This is an attempt to protect the wildlife in the area at a critical time of year.

Route of the hike

The path to the Lower Falls is more of a short walk than a hike. A paved path in the canyon leads to this waterfall. From there, you can follow the path further up to see the much more beautiful Upper Falls. The way there is also quite easy, even if it is actually uphill the whole time. The only strenuous part is the last few kilometers to the Ink Pots, which are on a dirt road. However, it is certainly worth walking all the way to the Ink Pots as it is really beautiful.

Johnston Canyon und Ink Pots im Banff Nationalpark – Alberta / Kanada
ca. 6 km und 12 mit Rückweg
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