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Discover Banff: Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour

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  • 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

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October 2020
















About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

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

  • What's included

    Certified hiking guide

  • What's included

    Ice cleats

  • What's included

    Hiking poles

  • What's included

    Hot chocolate and maple cookie snack

  • What's included

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

  • What's included

    Commentary in English

  • What's excluded

    Meals and drinks not listed as Inclusions

Cleaning and safety practices

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  • Masks required
  • Contactless tickets
  • Vehicles and venues disinfected

Know Before You Book

  • Daytime tours are 4 hours in length and evening tours are 2.5 hours in length, including transport to the canyon.

  • 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.

  • Please note that this tour stays on the trail, and does not traverse the ice due to safety concerns.

  • The minimum age for this tour 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.

What you can expect

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 3.5-mile (5.5 km) hike, warm up with some hot chocolate and maple cookies.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
  • Vehicles and venues kept vacant between travellers

Social distancing

  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Masks required
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Individually wrapped food options available

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Activity Location

  • Banff Alberta

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Hotel Pickup
  • Banff Alberta
  • Bus parking lot behind the Mount Royal Hotel
  • 138 Banff Avenue
  • Banff Alberta T1L
  • 4.9 average out of 5 rating of 19 reviews


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