[VIDEO] Explore Alberta: Upper Falls Hike at Johnston Canyon, Alberta Canada

feWelcome to Johnston Canyon!

Location: Bow Valley Pkwy, Improvement District No. 9, AB
Website: https://www.banff.ca/index.aspx?NID=648
Hours of operation:  Open 24 Hours
Entrance Fee: No

Hiking is one of the thing that I like to do during summer. We do not have much summer time in Vancouver, so summer season when we get plenty of sun is like a luxury to us. I like going for run, for a walk, for bike ride and for a hike whenever I can. There’s so much places to visit, so little summer time. I  took every opportunity that I can to squeeze in outdoor summer activities whenever possible, and that means even when on vacation.

Johnston Canyon Alberta

Hiking during vacation is not a bad thing at all, especially if the place is as beautiful as the hiking trails in Alberta. We have a lot of hiking trails in BC too, but nothing compares to the one that they have in Alberta. I am not sing disloyal to my home province, but surely the eyes cannot lie. In one of my many trips in Calgary, we went to stop by at Johnston Canyon on our way back to BC.

Johnston Canyon

I was with my friends, we drove from BC to Calgary for about xx hours. It was a different experience driving to Calgary, the scenery we’re fantastic, but the long driving time was brutal. It was like there was no end to the road. It just goes on and on and on! Anyway, we reached our destination, stayed there for couple of days going from one attraction to another. We visited Banff, Lake Louise, Red Rock Canyon, Waterton National Park and Brakistal Falls. We really had a time of our life. On the way back, we also stopped at some parks and hiking trail along the way. One I which was Johnston Canyon. 

Johnston Canyon

Upper Viewpoint

Getting Familiar With The Trail

Johnston Canyon is located at Alberta, Canada and a famous attraction among tourist. There are 2 trails there. The Ink Pots Trail and the upper falls trail which is about 2.7km (1.7mi) hike and the favorite among the visitors. This is the one that we took, which ended up to the majestic huge water falls. This is a short distance easy hike, about 45 minutes and there is a dedicated path that is easy to follow. I would say, almost guaranteed that you will end up in the water falls at the end of the hike. There are two view points, the bottom of the falls is reached by a side-trail and catwalk leading to a viewing platform, photo shown below. A short steep climb on the main trail takes you to the top of the falls and another viewing platform, which hangs out over the gorge above the waterfall (photo shown above)

Upper Trail Johnston Canyon

Lower Viewpoint

During the short hike, we was small creeks, falls and streams, but the main attraction was the huge falls waiting at the end of the trail. It was such a surprise to find the huge majestic falls, I felt so small standing almost close to it. This is not the first time that have an up close view of water falls, but still I was mesmerized seeing it before my eyes. What I liked about the hike is the way they maintained the walkway, it made the short work fun and kind of leisurely, I didn’t event feel that I was hiking at all. 

Johnston Canyon Upper Falls

Up Close and Personal

If this viewpoint is not close enough for you, you can even get closer to the water falls if you go inside that small cave passage. This will lead you to another look-out that is very close to the water falls. The look out has a fence or barrier, but be very careful as the area could be slippery. The last thing you want it to slip and fall into the water.

Johnston Canyon Upper Falls

The view was fantastic and the experience was truly memorable. So if you are in the area, stop by and spare few minutes to appreciate the beauty of Johnston Canyon.

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