Canada is a country that is full of so much natural beauty. There a lush forests, rushing turquoise lakes and rivers, and snowy mountain peaks just waiting to be explored! But there's one spot in Canada that has tons of gorgeous natural wonders all in one place and it's called Johnston Canyon Park.
Johnston Canyon is located in the heart of Banff National Park, Alberta, which is just a short 1-hour 45-minute drive from Calgary. Even though hiking is considered a warm-weather activity, it can be seriously stunning during the winter months, because it really brings out the beauty of the park!
Johnston Canyon is a stunning natural formation that is perfect for winter exploration. There are two different trail options you can choose from: a 1.1-kilometre trail that will take you to the lower falls or a 2.6-kilometres trail that leads you to the upper falls. The trails will take you about 30 minutes and an hour, respectively.
These trails will lead you across wooden pathways built into the side of the canyon, through rocky tunnels and winding stairwells to the top of the frozen waterfalls. With stunning turquoise blue waters and massive rock formations, it truly is a magical journey that every Canadian should experience once in their lives.
Johnston Canyon is open year-round, even in the chilly winter months, during daylight hours only. One of the main sites in the park is the Ink Pots, which consists of several pools made up of greenish, blue coloured mineral springs that bubble to the surface. To reach the Ink Pots, you'll have to hike three kilometres further from the upper falls. You can also reach the Ink Pots without hiking through the canyon if you're not interested in the rest of the park.
Check out the National Park's website for more information.
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