Banff: Morning or Afternoon Johnston Canyon Icewalk

4.9 / 5

42 reviews

Activity provider: Discover Banff Tours

Banff: Morning or Afternoon Johnston Canyon Icewalk

Activity provider: Discover Banff Tours

From US$ 67.57 per person

Explore the unique ice-covered waterfalls and beautiful scenery of Banff’s Johnston Canyon during this guided Icewalk. Embark on a half-day hike which takes you all the way to the iconic upper falls, a glittering tower of ice that rises 30 meters.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Take the Bow Valley Parkway to Johnston Canyon, a scenic drive through a wildlife-rich habitat
  • Hike to Johnston Canyon's frozen falls, including the lower falls and spectacular upper-falls
  • Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and maple cookies while you admire the views
  • Learn about the history and geology of the area from your knowledgeable guide
Full description
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.
  • Pickup and drop-off in Banff
  • Professional certified guide
  • Small-group tour, maximum of 12 guests per guide
  • Hot chocolate and maple cookie snack
  • Use of ice cleats
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years

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Meeting point

Wait at the public bus parking spot located behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 138 Banff Ave. You must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Your guide will be there within the 15-minute pickup window.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Thermal clothing
  • Warm clothing
  • Snow clothing
  • Scarf
  • Warm shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The minimum age for this tour is 8 years
  • Children aged 15 and under must have someone 18 years and older with them
  • All adults must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or guardian of any child under the age of 18
  • Guests should dress in winter clothing for this trip including a winter jacket, snow pants, hats, mittens, and waterproof winter boots
  • In total, this is a 5.4 kilometer hike with 135 meters of elevation gain. Moderate fitness is recommended to ensure that you enjoy the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 42 reviews

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The hike was great in the morning. Our group was the first at the site. Wlking in fresh snow made the hike easier. Being the only hikers allowed our guide, Erin to stop and point out things that are easily missed. Dress in layers. After a while, you will heat up and the decent can be a cold one in sweaty clothes and gloves.

February 1, 2022

Our guide, Andrew, was excellent!! Very knowledgeable about Johnston Canyon, the local area and the history behind it all. Andrew made the trip exciting and fun and knew all the perfect spots to take some exceptional photos! 100% would recommend this activity, especially if you are not local. We went in January, so was very glad that this activity had a mini bus service, as we are not used to driving in this weather. Andrew also provided us with hot chocolate and biscuits once we got to our final destination! Perfect rest break before the journey back to the bus. Thanks again Andrew! Chris and Emily Manchester, UK 18/01/2022

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January 20, 2022

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.

December 5, 2021

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