Discover Banff: Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour

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  • Scenic views of giant frozen waterfalls & ice pillars
  • Guided trek through the breathtaking 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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What's included, what's not

  • What's included1.5 hour (evening) or 2-2.5 hour (daytime) hike
  • What's includedCertified hiking guide
  • What's includedIce cleats
  • What's includedHiking poles
  • What's includedHot chocolate and maple cookie snack
  • What's includedRoundtrip transportation, including hotel pickup and drop-off service
  • What's includedCommentary in English
  • What's excludedGratuity

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 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 up-close 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.

As per the order of the Government of Alberta due to the Covid 19 pandemic, guests over the age of 12 years old will need to produce government proof of vaccination at check in time for their tour.

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 travelers

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

  • Johnston Canyon
  • Banff Alberta

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Hotel Pickup
    • Banff Alberta
    • Bus parking lot behind the Mount Royal Hotel
    • 138 Banff Avenue
    • Banff Alberta T1L

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