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, 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 creation that is perfect for winter exploration! There are 2 different trail options you can choose, a 1.1 km trail that will take you to the lower falls or a 2.6 km trail that leads you to the upper falls. The lower falls trail will take you about 30 mins and the upper falls trail will take you about 1 hour!
These trails will lead you across wooden pathways built into the side of the canyon, through rocky tunnels, winding stairwells to the top of the frozen waterfalls, stunning turquoise blue waters, and massive rock formations! It truly is a magical experience 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. You'll walk across bridges, over catwalks, pasting rushing turquoise waters, past steep canyon walls, and through rocky tunnels that offer the most beautiful views in the country!
One of the main sites in the park are the Ink Pots which are 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 3 km 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.
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