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Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk provided by Discover Banff Tours

Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

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2 adults
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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 10/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
  • You'll get picked up
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  • Pass by
    Bow Valley Parkway
  • 1
    Johnston Canyon
    Stop: 90 minutes
    Light your way through this narrow, water-formed canyon as your small group follows your guide to the Canyon’s lower falls. The suspended catwalks, built into the limestone walls, make this an easy trip for everyone. 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 and escort you through a natural tunnel onto the viewing platform, beside the cascading Lower Falls themselves. Warm up with hot chocolate and maple cookies while you look around the Lower Falls, the turnaround point. The return journey is your opportunity to travel without your headlamp (should you wish!). You’ll 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. What to expect: • Walking Time: 1 - 1.5 hours • Return Distance: 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers) • Elevation Gain: 213 feet (65 meters)
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Important Information
2h 30m
  • Professional guide
  • Ice cleats
  • Hiking pole
  • Souvenir headlamp to keep
  • Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Optional gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Meredith A wrote a review Mar 2020
San Mateo, California6 contributions5 helpful votes
Beautiful hike during a snowy, winter night. We didn't see any nightlife or stars since it was snowing, but that didn't stop us from learning a lot and seeing the beautiful canyon! It was surprisingly brightener than we anticipated so we didn't need our headlamps the full time,
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Date of experience: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
dotc2015 wrote a review Mar 2020
Arizona97 contributions34 helpful votes
Very cold night so many layers of clothes. Tour company loaned snow boots, cleats, poles. Headlamps provided. Denise is an amateur astronomer and night sky photographer - delightfully passionate and knowledgeable. She got us to turn off our headlamps part way up the canyon,
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Date of experience: March 2020
LillyWales wrote a review Mar 2020
Wales836 contributions96 helpful votes
A beautiful place to hike and take in the winter landscape. It’s not likely that you will see much wildlife because the tracks are well travelled and you frequently pass other walkers (unless you go off the beaten track which could be dangerous) because of the caverns and rock
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Sharon S wrote a review Mar 2020
Andover, United Kingdom55 contributions26 helpful votes
Just returned from a snowy chilly evening tour with our great guide Neil. It was snowing all the time and the roads were covered but we were safe in his care. Lovely stroll up into Johnson’s Canyon with several stops to learn about how it was created, fossils and the hot
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Date of experience: March 2020
Doug P wrote a review Feb 2020
Woodstown, New Jersey129 contributions39 helpful votes
We were picked up at our hotel by our guide, Jeff. A very knowledgeable gentleman, he took our group up the canyon on a perfectly clear - and moonless - night. We were provided head lamps, but often walked in the darkness so we could take in the whole experience. I don't believe
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Date of experience: February 2020
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Discover Banff Tours
Beautiful site to see in the winter
A few friends and I booked with Jeff for our morning ice walk. He was an excellent guide! Super knowledgeable and h
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A beautiful hike to remember!
We had a wonderful and small tour with Anick. The canyon was beautiful and we were the only tour there because of
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Private Hike in Johnston Canyon
Normally the hike is very crowded however the road to the trailhead is closed to limit the number of people that ca
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Very nice experience
We had a great hike with our guide Jeff! Small group and well organized. Just the right balance of stops and info l
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We had an amazing time with our guide Jeff. The walk was fun, views fantastic and Jeff was the best guide we could
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Truly amazing experience!
Our tour was truly memorable, especially with our tour guide 'Matt'. He was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
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Great experience, highly recommend
Great tour with Anneck. Really enjoyed snowshoeing. Was very resourceful and gave us freedom to walk where we wante
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Fantastic guide
We took this afternoon tour on December 17th. Our guide Amick was terrific! She was very funny and personable the e
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Loved this tour
This was an amazing tour, I just loved each bit of scenery I saw throughout this tour. Our guide Denise/DJ was simp
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Fantastic Tour! Highly Recommended.
An awesome activity! Our guide, Hugh, was very personable and provided excellent commentary throughout the tour.
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Banky B
A great option to add some next-level thrills to a Banff ski vacation.
We've booked the powder hound express several times over the course of 3 different visits to Banff and I highly rec
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Awesome evening activity with friends! We enjoyed all of the stories with our guide Maxine - she was such a great s
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Amazing addition to SpookTober
Sam was so amazing at sharing the stories throughout the entire experience. I’ll be telling everyone that visits Ba
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Great info!
We unfortunately did not see much wildlife but our guide”Rob” or “Rod” (sorry don’t remember) was so knowledgeable.
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Very poor
We are on the tour and it is 100% not worth $32. I would pay $5.00. There is nothing scary or ghost info the storie
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Key Details
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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