Distance 4 km
Elevation Gain 215 m
Difficulty- Moderately Easy
*Special Considerations- This hike can be lengthened to to continue past the upper falls and up to the ink pots. Also you can make this into a 3 day backpacking trip starting or ending in Johnstons canyon with 2 nights camping along the way. You will need to bring all supplies with you. (I have not done that trip before, it has some more techinical areas)
Johhnstons Canyon is one of the most popular hikes in the area, very close to banff. Go really early in the day or early or late in the season to see the least amount of people.
The walk to the first waterfall is easy, very little gain, wide path in the forest and doable by most. The very neat part of winding through this canyon and there are a series of catwalks built into the rocks that hang over the river.
The falls are neat and have a cave that you can go into to get a better view. On a busy day you will have to wait a while to get the view.
Going further the walk remains easy but most of the elevation gain is in this section. More catwalks but its mostly woods in this section. Several smaller waterfalls are also fun.
Its a beautiful valley and a great intro hike to the area. Afterwards you can just pop into Banff for some food.
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