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Johnston Canyon Icewalk

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Experience the winter wonderland of Banff’s Johnston Canyon on this ice walk tour. Join a professional guide on a hike along the canyon’s steel walkways, to visit the beautiful lower and upper waterfalls, and learn how this majestic canyon was formed. Your excursion includes round-trip transportation, ice cleats, and a hiking pole, plus a light snack and hot chocolate to help warm you up.
  • Enjoy frozen beauty of the Johnston Canyon Icewalk®
  • Look out for the various types of wildlife which inhabit the area
  • Learn about the history and geology of the area from your knowledgeable guide
  • Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate while you admire the views
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Professional guide
Ice cleats
Hiking pole
Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate
Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
Optional gratuities
Mount Royal Hotel , 138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada

All guests must wait at the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 138 Banff Ave. You must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Our guide will be there within the 15 minute pick up window.

This activity will end right where it started.
Explore the unique ice-covered waterfalls and beautiful scenery of Banff’s renowned Johnston Canyon during this ice walk. Strap the provided ice cleats, and hike on steel walkways along the canyon’s edge for winter adventure.

Your adventure is available in the morning or in the afternoon and begins with a pick up from Banff. Then, venture out to Johnston Canyon to begin your hike. As you set out, keep an eye out for winter wildlife, and listen in as your guide shares details about the canyon’s history and geology.

Continuing on along the frozen path, you reach the canyon’s breathtaking lower and upper icefalls, trapped in beautiful layers of ice by the arctic air. Finish your invigorating walk through this icy environment with a warm cup of hot chocolate and a snack before heading back to Banff.

Note: The return distance of the hike is about 3.4 miles (5.4 kilometers), and elevation gain is 443 feet (135 meters).
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years. All children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by someone 18 years and older.
  • 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 ski wear for this trip including hats, mittens, and warm boots. A detailed list of items to wear and bring is provided on your voucher.
  • A moderate level of fitness is recommended to ensure that you enjoy the tour.
  • Please note that this tour stays on the trail and does not traverse the ice due to safety concerns.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discover Banff Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "I would highly recommend the guided tour as you learn all the facts and history of the canyon and the Bow Valley Parkway." See review

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star-5
Excellent. Fun. Educational. Informative!
Manuela_P
, Apr 2022
Excellent tour with a kind and energetic and brilliant guide - Erin. Learned so much and had fun. Bus ride was non stop learning too! Totally worth paying for the guided tour. Don’t do this walk without ice cleats!
star-5
Breathtaking!
Debbie_C
, Feb 2022
What a fantastic tour. Our guide Erin was so knowledgeable. She told us facts and stories about the area from the time we started the tour till we were on our way home. I’m not going to lie but I thought I was in better shape than I was (I had dressed with far to many layers for the -2 temp)but Erin gave us plenty of time to enjoy all the stops and catch our breath. The sights were truly breathtaking. I highly recommend this tour.
star-4
Splendid
normandviau
, Jan 2022
Splendid views of the canyon. Excellent guide. No waiting time. Pick up on time, ne delays. In summary very nice ice walk.
star-5
Beautiful area
Stacy_G
, Jan 2022
Loved learning the history of the area from our guide Jeff. Jeff was not only knowledgeable but was also a great photographer. Johnston Canyon Ice walk was more beautiful in person than any photo I could post. Dress warm and enjoy the view.
star-5
Incredible
JIMMY_S
, Jan 2022
Excellent guide Melanie. Fabulous and beautiful nature. Enjoyed the hot chocolate and the good company
star-5
Wonderful experience
Wei_L
, Jan 2022
Our guide Erin was wonderful and very knowledgeable. In the van on the way from Banff to the Johnston Canyon, she talked about the city of Banff and the Canyon. During the icewalk, she paid attention to everyone in the group even helped to attach the snow cleats to our daughter's boots. She carried the cookies and hot cocoa to the upper Falls for everyone to enjoy. The hot cocoa tasted especially good in the winter wonderland! We loved this tour thanks to Erin.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Gorgeous and fun family hike
Ronna_K
, Dec 2021
The canyon was gorgeous. Gina our guide was so friendly, and extremely well informed. Overall the entire hike was simply amazing
star-5
A must do for Banff tourists
Rafi_A
, Dec 2021
An Excellent Icewalk. A must do for anyone visiting Banff. Andrew was very friendly, cooperating, considerate and informative.
star-5
Winter Hike with Incredible Views
Katie_S
, Dec 2021
We had a great time on this hike excursion through Johnston Canyon. Our guide was Andrew and he was knowledgeable and friendly. The views were incredible throughout the hike and we definitely appreciated the hot chocolate and maple cookie treat when we made it to the upper falls. We even saw a fox on the trail. The hike was easy to moderate as advertised. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Banff!
star-5
Fun and interesting walk through the Johnston Canyon.
Peter_C
, Dec 2021
It was an amazing trek through the canyon, seeing all the incredible ice formations and learning a bit of the history. It was also a decent workout to travel through the snow-packed trail.
star-5
Beautiful, great activity in Banff
Quinn_K
, Dec 2021
Jeff was an amazing guide! Pick up and drop off was super easy, and I really enjoyed the cookies and hot chocolate at the top. I learned a lot about the history of the town and the wildlife.
star-5
The tour was full of...
Jiyeon_H
, Dec 2021
The tour was full of historical context which we really enjoyed! Our guide, Neil was super informative and engaging which was great! Would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Banff!
star-5
Amazing Hike
SAS
, Feb 2020
The Johnson Canyon Icewalk was one of the highlights of our trips. Our guide Nick was great and very informational. I would highly recommend the guided tour as you learn all the facts and history of the canyon and the Bow Valley Parkway. You can always go back for a second look on your own. Highly recommend! The scenery is amazing.
star-5
Fun Experience
Amir_C
, Jan 2020
The ice walk was a fun experience. It was truly a winter fantasy. I would only caution that people who are not physically fit take their time. There is a lot of uphill climbing and with temperatures below -20 this can be a problem. It was for me! We had such an excellent guide! He answered all of our questions and had a great personality. I would come back as the whole experience was very pleasurable.
star-5
Breathtaking
Michael_T
, Jan 2020
Beautiful attraction for the whole family. Absolutely breathtaking. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Banff
star-5
Truly a winter wonderland!
Christian_R
, Dec 2019
We took this trip with Matt.....he is an EXCELLENT guide....absolutely fantastic. He picked us up and we drove for a bit while he told us all kinds of things about the area.....history, geology, biology. It was great. The hike also was terrific. Beautiful scenery all around, and Matt guided us perfectly. Highly recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Too expensive
Kamila_K
, Nov 2019
The guide was friendly but it was a little too rush walking both ways, we had a cookie (1 piece) and hot chocolate (1/4 of cup). I expected better quality for this price. We emailed few days before about transport bc we wanted to drive by our own car. The organizator replayed that we have to be at Mount Royal Hotel, we can't drive by our own car. But after all, it came out that we could be picked up at any place we wanted or even drive there by our car. This is place where you don't need to go with guide. Not worth this price.
star-4
Really amazing trip to a beautiful...
ipeters1
, Dec 2017
Really amazing trip to a beautiful place! Guide was great, the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because even though the company had 2 other tour buses I was put on a tour with a 9-person family. I feel like they were on their own schedule entirely and did not care about holding up me and the 2 other people on the tour who were outside this family. It's not the company's fault how rude they were, but I do wish the tour company had made them take a private tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Our guides were really wonderful. No...
Prozzz
, Jun 2017
Our guides were really wonderful. No one was left behind and everyone was given the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of ice landscape.
star-5
I highly recommend this tour to...
Ruoqing_W
, Feb 2017
I highly recommend this tour to people who may be afraid of driving in the snow or on slippery surfaces, and people who may have a hard time exploring Johnston Canyon on their own. My husband and I booked the 8:30 tour, and our tour guide picked us up behind the Mount Royal Hotel in DT Banff. We picked up 2 more groups of guests and hit the road to the canyon. On the way there, we spotted a white-tailed deer, a family of elks 7 of them, and an owl. Our tour guide stopped the engine and gave us time to take pictures. The ride was about 45-minutes to one hour. We were given snow cleats and hiking poles by the entrance. Our tour guide gave us detailed instructions length, time, physical demand, bathroom etc, and everyone was clear what to expect. Do note that the hike is very simple for physically active people, but not so for physically inactive ones. I run 7 miles a day, and the hike was a piece of cake. My husband is on the large side physically, and he doesnt exercise often. The hike was difficult for him, as he had to stop and take mini breaks here and there. The scenery was so beautiful, so I would still recommend everyone to join the tour and try it. There were two water falls, one small and one big in scale. It took about 45 minutes to hit the first water fall, and another 45 minutes to the second one. Everyone in my 11-person group made it. We embraced the amazing view and had hot chocolate by the second water fall. Really good experience. Highly recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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