Banff: Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

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Activity provider: Discover Banff Tours

Banff: Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

Activity provider: Discover Banff Tours
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From US$ 69.49 per person

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Explore the frozen waterfalls of Johnston Canyon in quiet darkness at night as you hike along the suspended catwalks under the stars. Enjoy a guided evening tour to the cascading lower falls where you can warm up with hot chocolate and a snack.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Hike to Johnston Canyon's frozen lower falls at night, lit only by your headlamp
  • Enjoy a unique opportunity to explore the Canyon in darkness
  • Learn about the history and geology of the area from your knowledgeable guide
  • Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and maple cookies while you admire the views
Full description
Get picked up by your friendly guide from the meeting point in Banff, then enjoy the drive in a modern minibus. Take the Bow Valley Parkway to Johnston Canyon, a scenic drive through a wildlife-rich habitat. On arrival at the Johnston Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking. From here, start the easy 1.1km hike with 65m elevation gain to the lower falls, walking along the steel catwalks built into the canyon walls which allows a spectacular view down the canyon walls to the ice and river below. Along the way, your guide will highlight unique features by powerful flashlight and pause for moments of darkness and quiet to foster an appreciation for spending time in the canyon at night. At the turn around point, your guide will illuminate the expanding ice that encases the rushing water. Have the option to walk through a natural cave feature for a unique view of the lower falls while also enjoying a refreshment break with hot chocolate and a maple cookies snack. The return journey is your opportunity to travel without your headlamp (should you wish). Be amazed as to how quickly your eyes adjust to the darkness, enough for you to travel through the pine forest guided only by the ambient light of the moon and the stars above your head. At the end of the tour, your guide will then transport you back to Banff and drop you at your hotel.
  • Hotel Pickup and drop-off within Banff (available upon request)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Souvenir headlamp
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 guests per guide
  • Hot chocolate and maple cookie snack
  • Use of ice cleats
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years

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Meeting point

• Wait at the public bus parking spot located behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 138 Banff Ave. You must be ready 5 minutes prior to the pick-up time. The pick-up times are 6:12 PM or 7:12 PM, depending on your tour time • Hotel pickup from Banff hotels is available at no extra charge but you must call the local partner to schedule this ahead of time

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Warm shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The minimum age for this tour is 8 years
  • Children aged 15 and under must have someone 18 years and older with them
  • 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 winter clothing for this trip including a winter jacket, snow pants, hats, mittens, and waterproof winter boots; safety is the first priority, if the guide thinks your attire or footwear isn’t appropriate and compromises your safety on the tour, you may not be able to participate
  • In total, this is a 2.2km hike with 65m of elevation gain, and is considered easy/moderate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 18 reviews

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Heidi was a great guide with lots of interesting stories and tips. We decided not to go on the bus and drive ourselves due to COVID concerns and after some discussion they allowed it. This was the only negative, they really were not supportive of us not going on the bus. Anyways, the tour turned out to be fantastic, highly recommend it.

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January 13, 2022

An awesome experience. Definitely worth checking out. Everything looks so different at night and it wouldn’t be possible to see without the amazing guide.

December 28, 2022

March 28, 2022

Product ID: 303283