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Discover Banff: Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour

by Discover Banff Tours Duration 2h 30m+ Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is C$80

Trek through Johnston Canyon and discover a winter nirvana of frozen waterfalls, giant ice pillars and hidden ice caves. Led by charismatic and knowledgeable tour guides, the tour teaches you about the Canadian Rockies’ geology, history and winter wildlife inhabitants.

Upon arrival, strap ice cleats over your boots for added support and grab a pair of adjustable hiking poles. Ascend along a network of steel catwalks and enjoy striking views of the Johnston Canyon and gorge below. Throughout the journey, learn about the area’s unique landscape and the history behind its formation.

Keep an eye out for local wildlife as you travel through Bow Valley Parkway, a known corridor to elk, bighorns, chipmunks and more. Indulge in native legends, as well as local nature and wildlife trivia. The journey continues inside a natural, hidden ice cave with close-up views of the Lower Falls. The evening tour stops here, with time taken to marvel at the frozen falls by the light of your headlamp.

The daytime icewalks continue to the Upper Falls, where you may be lucky enough to see ice climbers scaling the frozen falls. After the 3.4-mile (5.4-km) hike, warm up with some hot chocolate and maple cookies.

Trek through Johnston Canyon and discover a winter nirvana of frozen waterfalls, giant ice pillars and hidden ice caves. Led by charismatic and knowledgeable tour guides, the tour teaches you about the Canadian Rockies’ geology, history and winter wildlife inhabitants.

Upon arrival, strap ice cleats over your boots for added support and grab a pair of adjustable hiking poles. Ascend along a network of steel catwalks and enjoy striking views of the Johnston Canyon and gorge below. Throughout the journey, learn about the area’s unique landscape and the history behind its formation.

Keep an eye out for local wildlife as you travel through Bow Valley Parkway, a known corridor to elk, bighorns, chipmunks and more. Indulge in native legends, as well as local nature and wildlife trivia. The journey continues inside a natural, hidden ice cave with close-up views of the Lower Falls. The evening tour stops here, with time taken to marvel at the frozen falls by the light of your headlamp.

The daytime icewalks continue to the Upper Falls, where you may be lucky enough to see ice climbers scaling the frozen falls. After the 3.4-mile (5.4-km) hike, warm up with some hot chocolate and maple cookies.

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1:30 PM, Tour in English

Duration 4h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English. Ice-covered Johnston Canyon; the hovering sun creates magnificent views. See if you can spot an ice climber along the towering Upper Falls – only possible during the day tour. Hot chocolate and maple cookie snack included.

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C$79.80

Total price is C$79.80, taxes included

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6:30 PM, Tour in English

Duration 2h 30m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English. Don a headlamp for the evening tour and get dark, eerie views of the ice-covered Johnston Canyon. As the starry night covers the sky, embark on a unique tour with breathtaking photo opportunities. Hot chocolate and maple cookie snack included.

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per adult
C$79.80

Total price is C$79.80, taxes included

It only takes 2 minutes

8:30 AM, Tour in English

Duration 4h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English. Ice-covered Johnston Canyon; the hovering sun creates magnificent views. See if you can spot an ice climber along the towering Upper Falls – only possible during the day tour. Hot chocolate and maple cookie snack included.

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per adult
C$79.80

Total price is C$79.80, taxes included

It only takes 2 minutes

Discover Banff: Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour

Activity Location

Banff

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Hotel Pickup

    Banff

  • Bus parking lot behind the Mount Royal Hotel

    138 Banff Avenue

    Banff T1L


Highlights

  • Scenic views of giant frozen waterfalls & ice pillars

  • Guided trek through the breath-taking Johnston Canyon

  • Warm up with hot chocolate and a maple cookie snack

  • Safe network of steel catwalks for your journey

  • Detailed narrative of the area’s history & landscapes


Inclusions

  • 1.5 hour (evening) or 2-2.5 hour (daytime) hike

  • Certified hiking guide

  • Ice cleats

  • Hiking poles

  • Hot chocolate and maple cookie snack

  • Roundtrip transport, including hotel pick-up and drop-off service

  • Commentary in English


Exclusions

  • Meals and drinks not listed as Inclusions


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 7 and younger are not allowed.

  • If you have back, neck, lower back, joint or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether or not to participate.

  • You must be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.


Discover Banff: Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour ratings based on 12 Verified Reviews

4.9 out of 5

5/5 Jan 04, 2019

It was a great experience. Weather was perfect. Around zero degrees and lots of snow coming down. Lots of people out enjoying the trail. Our guide, Anick, was so informative and took great care of all of us. Our group had people from Mexico, Australia, USA and ourselves from Canada. It was awesome. Janice from Edmonton

5/5 Jan 04, 2019

This was an great experience. The Canyon exceeded my expectations. Our tour-guide Gina was also amazing. She was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I would try to get her on any tour 😁

Gideon R

Trinidad and Tobago

5/5 Dec 12, 2018

Johnston Canyon was absolutely beautiful. The guides were not only knowledgeable but extremely friendly and well-prepared. I would definitely recommend Discover to anyone!