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Johnston Canyon Icewalk provided by Discover Banff Tours

Johnston Canyon Icewalk
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98% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
A guide knows the Johnston Canyon Icewalk® and helps keep you safe
Duration:
4h
Group size:
12
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Trying to trek along the frozen Johnston Canyon without a guide could be tough in frigid temperatures with icy walkways. Opt to take this guided tour from Banff, and see wildlife, waterfalls, and, of course, a lot of ice. Plus, this tour provides round-trip transport, ice cleats, a hiking pole, a snack, and a hot cup of cocoa to make things super easy on you.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • All equipment—ice cleats and a hiking pole—is provided for convenience
  • A snack and hot chocolate keeps you warm and energized
  • Round-trip transport is included with this Johnston Canyon Icewalk® tour
What to expect
After being picked up from your Banff accommodation, your guide takes you to Johnson's Canyon for the icewalk and gets you suited up with ice cleats and a hiking pole. During your hike, walk about 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) and the elevation gain is 443 feet (135 meters). Learn about the history and geology of the area, as you keep a lookout for wildlife, such as wolves, moose, elk, and coyotes. See the upper and lower waterfalls trapped in ice. Afterward, enjoy a snack and a cup of hot chocolate to warm up before getting dropped off back at the original pickup place in Banff.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • All equipment—ice cleats and a hiking pole—is provided for convenience
  • A snack and hot chocolate keeps you warm and energized
  • Round-trip transport is included with this Johnston Canyon Icewalk® tour
What to expect
After being picked up from your Banff accommodation, your guide takes you to Johnson's Canyon for the icewalk and gets you suited up with ice cleats and a hiking pole. During your hike, walk about 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) and the elevation gain is 443 feet (135 meters). Learn about the history and geology of the area, as you keep a lookout for wildlife, such as wolves, moose, elk, and coyotes. See the upper and lower waterfalls trapped in ice. Afterward, enjoy a snack and a cup of hot chocolate to warm up before getting dropped off back at the original pickup place in Banff.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3827JC
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Ice cleats
  • Hiking pole
  • Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
Exclusions
  • Optional gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • 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.
Additional information
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Ice cleats
  • Hiking pole
  • Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
Exclusions
  • Optional gratuities
Departure details
  • 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.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
303 reviews
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Elissa W
2 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
It was a great day for the Johnston Canyon Icewalk - found our tour guide Anik extremely knowledgeable, funny & kind. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip, getting picked up from our hotel, her knowledge of the area, wildlife, getting to know the people in her group! All COVID restrictions were in place therefore the group was small. It was a beautiful day and will definitely recommend this to visiting friends & family ❤️ Forgot to mention the cleats were very secure and worked like a charm - Anik also provided us with hot chocolate (hot cocoa ) and cookies at the top that she carried in her backpack. It was an awesome treat when we reached the upper falls, she also takes great pics making sure she sanitized between each couple!
Written 27 February 2021
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Hi Elissa, Thank you for joining us on the Johnston Canyon Icewalk with Anick, and for taking the time to share your feedback. She has been with us for many years, and we completely agree that she has an incredible knowledge of the local area. We're glad to hear that you felt comfortable with the COVID-19 protocols as we have been taking these very seriously, and that you enjoyed the hot chocolate and maple cookies while enjoying the stunning views at the Upper Falls. We hope to see you back in Banff sometime soon.
Written 2 March 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Matthew
5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
I (20 yrs old) did the Ice Walk with my mom (who's 58) and we LOVED it. Such a great hike and so beautiful. Our tour guide was Heidi, she was very very knowledgeable and friendly and made the entire trip very entertaining. She picked us up right from our hotel in Banff, our group was only 10 people, and she dropped us off at the end too. If you go on your own, definitely make the trip to the upper falls, you won't be disappointed! Would highly recommend doing it with a guide though, Heidi had all kinds of info about the history of the canyon, the people who have lived there, and she pointed out a lot of stuff you would totally miss if you went alone, like fossils in the Rock walls, all the different types of vegetation and animals, and so much more. A ton of fun! Heidi if you're reading this you rock (no pun intended)
Written 19 February 2020
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Nancy W
1 contribution
Jan 2022
What a difference with a guide!! From the point of pick-up at the hotel the experience was friendly and informative. I have done the Johnston Canyon in the summer on my own but experiencing this in the winter with gorgeous scenery, and a guide who shared stories about the park, the history, conservation efforts and the wildlife habitat was so wonderful! They even provide the ice cleats so one less thing to manage. The hot chocolate and cookies at the Upper Falls was a nice touch :) I would highly recommend this tour.
Written 31 January 2022
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Hi Nancy, thank you for leaving us a review! We are happy to hear you had a seamless experience with our hotel pickup and drop off's and enjoyed the guided tour through Johnston Canyon in the winter time. We do agree, whataworld of a difference it is from summer to winter! We hope to see you back in Banff soon!
Written 20 February 2022
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Tristan
58 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
The Johnston canyon is truly spectacular, and has to be seen to be believed. Our guide didn’t add much to the experience, strangely spending 5 minutes talking about the washrooms, taking blurry photos and making up fake stories about the canyon’s history as a joke. The path is well marked, not slippery at all (cleats not necessary), and easy to navigate. If I went back to the canyon, I would be happy to explore it myself without paying for a guide!
Written 26 January 2020
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Hi Tristan, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback from your Johnson Canyon Icewalk with Raven, and we're sorry to hear that you didn't see value in the tour. You're completely correct that anyone can explore places in Banff National Park such as Johnston Canyon on their own, and we aim to provide value through the guiding experience. We've shared your feedback with our guide, so that she can learn from your feedback and improve. We're pleased to see that you enjoyed your Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour with Gina, and we hope to see you back again in the future.
Written 28 January 2020
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Power46
Kingston upon Thames, UK5 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Such a great trip. I was travelling on my own and there were eight adults in total. Our guide Annie(sorry wrong spelling!) was great. She was really pleasant, funny, and so knowledgeable about the national park. I would recommend this trip to anybody who is staying in and around Banff in the winter. It is truly spectacular. Can’t fault Discover Banff Tours at all; everything from pick up to drop off was fantastic and good value for money. Thank you
Written 17 February 2022
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Hi there! Thank you so much for your review we are happy to hear you enjoyed your time out here in Banff and had a great time with Anick on tour. We do agree - she is knowledgeable and has some great stories to tell. We hope to see you back out here in Banff again soon!
Written 20 February 2022
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499felicity
Newcastle, Australia4 contributions
Dec 2019
The Johnston canyon ice walk was fantastic. It was the highlight of our 5 week winter holiday through Canada. We did do this walk after a heavy fall of snow which added to the spectacular scenery. Our guide Jeff did an excellent job, he was skilled at driving in the heavy snow, gave us great information along the walk and set a nice steady pace. The ice crampons provided were great as they stopped you from slipping. Every part of the walk was beautiful, the iced over river, the snow laden trees the lower falls , the cave and the upper falls frozen into huge icicles were amazing.
Written 6 March 2020
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Erin T
2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The tour was fantastic from the moment Jeff picked us up right at our hotel until he dropped us off again. He was attentive to the group members and knowledgeable about the history and geology of the area. I would highly recommend this trip. Booking online was simple and the company is very good at communicating and answering questions beforehand.
Written 20 February 2020
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Ann B
Geneva, Illinois, United States2 contributions
Feb 2022
This canyon walk was not only truly beautiful, but it was led by an amazing guide, Anika, as well. We started laughing from the time we got on the bus for a lovely view to the canyon and she kept us informed and laughing the entire afternoon. She made our experience truly wonderful, and I think I can speak for the group of 12 that took the tour that day. Thank you for an unforgettable experience!!
Written 4 March 2022
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Thank you for leaving us a wonderful review! We do agree, Anick is incredible at what she does and has some great stories to share. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the hike and the area in general, we hope to see you back out here in Banff soon!
Written 6 March 2022
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Heather F
2 contributions
Jan 2020
Our guide was Neil and he certainly had a real knowledge of the geology and area of the Canyon. I would certainly recommend him highly as a guide and he was very friendly and about group safety as well. It was a very magical experience and most certainly a winter wonderland and a photographers delight.
Written 9 January 2020
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RaeLayne
Calgary, Canada3 contributions
We did the Discover Banff ice walk in Johnston Canyon last night. Hugh was the perfect guide. Got us all outfitted with good humour and patience, talked to each of us separately to learn a bit about us, and entertained us with Irish-style storytelling (although he is from Alberta) on the drive to & from Johnston Canyon. Inspired us to try letting our eyes adjust to the dark and let starlight show us the way, although most of us relied on the complimentary headlamps. We were treated to hot chocolate and cookies. It was one of the best outings I’ve ever done, and the only thing I would change is the timing — we should have scheduled it during the full moon. Johnston Canyon did a good job too — lots of snow and ice, and just the sound of the falling / running water was magical. Not technically difficult; we had teens to septuagenarians.
Written 16 February 2020
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