- Location:18km from Banff, Highway 1A (Bow Valley Parkway)
- Facilities: Café , toilets, gift shop
- Drive Time: 30 minutes
- Trail Distance:
1.1km one way to the lower falls (about 20 minutes)
2.6km one way to upper falls (about 45 minutes)
Johnston Canyon trail is open all year round. The main lodge is open from May 16 until Oct 25.
Just 30 minutes from your the Douglas Fir Resort, you will find one of the most beautiful family friendly hikes in Banff National Park; Johnston Canyon. Located on the Highway 1A, not only is the short drive to Johnston Canyon brimming with incredible scenery and amazing Canadian wildlife, but your destination is a must-do for many families on their Banff hotel vacation.
The short hike through Johnston Canyon on the smooth boardwalks with handrails, is suitable for all ages and is stroller friendly. Don’t forget your camera as the easy walk along the bottom of the canyon provides lots of beautiful photo opportunities.
The trail begins near a conveniently placed ice-cream stand, at the Johnston Canyon restaurant. After your obligatory ice-cream stop, you can make your way along the paved walkway for the 1.1km, through the winding canyon to the lower falls. Here you can take those fun family snaps as you pass through a short cave to get up-close to the waterfall. Kids love the refreshing spray from the falls and you will too!
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, continue another 2.7km to the Upper Falls. This terrain is still listed as ‘Easy’ but the elevation gain increases as you make your way to view the canyon from above. However, the end result of the Upper Falls is well worth the hike!