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Castle Junction,
Banff National Park

June 26, 2000

11.6 kilometers

Maximum Elevation:
1645 meters

Elevation Gain:
215 meters

Time Required:
3.5 to 4.0 hours


The trail to the waterfalls of Johnston Canyon is probably the most busiest in the Canadian Rockies. Nearly everyday in the summer, hundreds of hikers follow its canyon-clinging catwalks and cliff-mounting staircases along the Johnston Creek to the Lower and Upper Falls.

Along the way, there are many viewpoint overlookings the canyon. In some places, the canyon walls are more than 30 meters high.The Lower Falls is reached in 1.1 kilometers. Continue to the Upper Falls, which is reached in 2.7 kilometers. In winter, the canyon becomes a world of frozen waterfalls and pillars of blue ice, which draws hordes of adventurous ice climbers to the area.

To reach Ink Pots, continue beyond Upper Falls for another 3.0 kilometer. The pitch also increases a bit but eases up further on. The trail opens up into a beautiful, wide valley few steps before reaching the Ink Pots. They are a total of 7 mall, natural springs, usually bright blue or jade in color.


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