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Banff: Morning or Afternoon Johnston Canyon Icewalk

1. Banff: Morning or Afternoon Johnston Canyon Icewalk

Start with pickup from Banff and travel in a modern minibus along the Bow Valley Parkway to the Canyon. On arrival at the Johnston Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking. From here, start the moderate 2.7 kilometer hike with 135 meter elevation to the Upper Falls. Walk along the steel catwalks built into the canyon walls which allows a spectacular view down the canyon walls to the ice and river below. Along the way you'll learn the clues to how Johnston Canyon was formed and stop at the Lower Falls, where you'll have the option to walk through a natural cave feature for a unique view. At the Upper Falls, enjoy a brief stop on the upper deck with a small refreshment break to enjoy the views. These gigantic pillars of ice are the tour highlight and ice climbers can often be seen scaling the frozen columns. Once you've finished your hot chocolate, hike back down and your guide will transport you back to Banff and drop you at your hotel.

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Banff: 4-Hour E-Bike and Walking Tour in Johnston Canyon

2. Banff: 4-Hour E-Bike and Walking Tour in Johnston Canyon

See the best of Johnston Canyon and Bow Valley Parkway by combining cycling and hiking on this 4-hour guided tour. Ride with your guide through Vermilion Lakes, then make your way up the Legacy Trail. Ride along Bow Valley Parkway and ditch your e-bikes for your hiking boots as you hike up Johnston Canyon. Enjoy spectacular views of the Lower Falls Bridge and see wildlife along the way, including deer, elk, and bears. Enjoy your return shuttle back to Banff. Relax and admire the views on your way after a total of 26 kilometers of cycling and 3 kilometers of walking.

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What people are saying about Johnston Canyon, Lower Falls

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Our tour was awesome, our guide was knowledgeable sweet and friendly. This ride back is super far so be prepared for a mission!! We had cold weather so be sure to bundle up! The only thing we didn’t really like is that we only saw the lower falls not upper which we thought both were included, we went back a few days later to check out the upper Falls.

What a wonderful way to start our morning! There was 5 of us which included to 16 year olds and an 18 year old and they also loved it! Andrew was our guide and what an asset to that team he is funny, informative and made the tour even better! Definitely suggest booking this, and the morning as it’s much quieter.

Best way to explore Johnston Canyon is by booking a Tour, we had Great time, it was fun, educational, safe and adventurous tour. Our tour guide Jeff was professional and knowledgeable on the tour. We booked our Tour via Discovery Your. We will definitely go with Discovery Tours on our next adventure. Cheers!

Corey was our guide snd we so enjoyed the ride and places he took us! Corey is an exceptional guide! He not only knows the trails, mountains and terrain, he knows about the environment. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! I highly recommend!

Better than I anticipated. Our tour guide Anik was just amazing. From pickup to drop off this was fantastic.