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Johnston Canyon



Johnston Canyon Resort, 17.5 km (11 mi) northwest along the Bow Valley Parkway from the Trans-Canada Hwy.

GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 51.24542307241623
Longitude: -115.83992958068848

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Johnston Canyon

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2.7 km (1.7 mi) one way


easy, short hike

Ascent Time

50 min

Elevation Gain

135 m – 440 ft

Winter Hazards

The catwalk can be very slippery during the winter.

Things You'll See

The most popular short hike in Banff National Park, Johnston Canyon leads to two impressive waterfalls following a trail ‘attached’ to the face of sheer canyon walls where the rushing water of Johnston Creek is literally beneath your feet. Distance: 1.1 km to the Lower Falls and 2.7 km one way to the 30 m Upper Falls. Though the catwalks and viewpoints at the two falls have sturdy railings, there have been a number of serious accidents when hikers have left the trail and fallen into this deceptively powerful mountain stream. Stay on the trail and keep young children under control.

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