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13 Photos That Show How Breathtaking Johnston Canyon Is In Winter

Frozen waterfalls that will blow you away.
Johnston Canyon In The Winter: 13 Photos That Show Breathtaking It Is When It Freezes

Now that a blanket of snow has covered Banff National Park, it is time to get exploring. One stunning and classic Alberta hikes you need to add to your bucket list is Johnston Canyon in the winter. From spring to fall, the trails here are bustling with people looking to enjoy the natural beauty. But in the colder months, these sites offer new gorgeous sights for us to discover.

It has transformed into a spellbinding location that will take your breath away. But you don't need to take our word for how magnificent it is; we have gathered some of the top photos to show you!

Hidden in Banff National Park, the canyon is a 30-minute drive from the town of Banff or Lake Louise. It's easy to visit because there's parking right next to the start of the route.

Following the winding path, you'll be able to enjoy the crisp air and tranquil winter beauty. Unlike the warmer months, there will be fewer crowds, so you can feel like you have the canyon all to yourself.

On the nearly three-kilometre journey, you'll see phenomenon frozen upper and lower waterfalls. Following the iron catwalks, you'll want to stop to enjoy the view at the many lookouts.

Surrounded by the rocky canyon and glacial pillars, you'll feel like you are in a frosty fantasy world. It is a sight everyone needs to see at least once in their life.

From December to April, you might even see climbers and scaling the gigantic Upper Falls and it's crazy to watch them climb the towers of ice.

The trail is pretty easy so if you want to make it a longer trip, you can continue on for three more kilometres and see the Ink Pots — bubbling mineral pools that locals love to check out.

This unique trail gives you the most incredible views including seeing the crystal clear waters spill past white snow and ice.

Before you leave, make sure to put on all your winter essentials, like warm gloves, scarf, and parka. This way, you'll stay toasty while you enjoy the sights.

For your safety, it is also a good idea to wear ice cleats to help you walk across the slippery surfaces. You will also want to check the National Park's website for the trail conditions.

Johnston Canyon

Price: Free

Address: Bow Valley Pkwy, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can visit a frosty fantasy world with frozen waterfalls and bubbling mineral pools.