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Johnston Canyon Resort
Ranked #18 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Banff
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Hi, we just came back from a weekend hiking in Banff and had a great time (June 25th). We stayed at Johnson Canyon Park Resort - used a Travel Zoo voucher which gave us 40% off a two bedroom fully equipped cottage. There were 5 adults and this cabin was great, with a kitchenette and BBQ we were able to prepare our own healthy meals and snacks. The cabin is rustic - furniture a bit worn, but after a little while we didn't notice. The cabin was along the water (I opened the window so we could hear it all night!!) and the fire place and auto propane stove were awesome - we felt relaxed all weekend. Since our cabin was at the start of the JC Park trail - we did a short 2.5 one way hike the first eve (started out around 6:00pm), and the full 7.5 (one way) hike to the ink-pots on day 2 (started out around 10:00am). Fabulous scenery along the water and 7 waterfalls, however, must caution on the incline on the walk to the ink-pots. Some reviews downplay its' intensity. Coming from the east coast, I found the elevation challenging on the O2 level. My muscles were fine but getting my breath was sometimes a struggle. I would definitely recommend JCR at the pre-season rates and doing both hikes (one is just an extension of the other). I also recommend starting your hike before 9:30am as the tour buses roll in and the trail gets crowded, or after 4:30pm. The drive to Banff is short but be aware that the road from Banff to JCR closes between 8:00pm and 8:00am to protect the wild life who roam about in the evening. On Sunday (day 3) we had a great breakfast cooked in our cabin before check out and then went to Lake Louise for a hike to St Agnes Tea House - a short drive 30 mins or so away. This hike was a bit shorter but was a steady incline to the top. Since we arrived after 11:00am the trail was very busy and crowded for the first half (2kms). The view along the way was not as picturesque as Johnson Canyon Falls/Park but once at the Tea House on Lake Agnes the view was spectacular. The Tea House is small but drinks and treats very tasty. Be sure to bring cash as that is all they take. The hike back down is easy as it is all down hill - I could feel the pain of the hikers I passed who were still making their way up! All in all, a great weekend and I would definitely stay at JC Resort in the future (probably prior to June 25th when peak season starts) and hike more trails - it's a great location for hiking in Banff.

Room Tip: Ask for a cabin along the water - awesome!!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We had the pleasure of staying at Johnston Canyon Resort for a few days this past week. Though we were initially frustrated by the fact that no one ever answered the phone when we called to make reservations (we made them thru booking.com) and our phone messages were not returned til we were in route...we understand that it was early in the season.

While I was a bit leery to stay there based on the many negative comments about the staff, we were pleased to realize that good staffing changes had been made this season!

We were greeted warmly and enthusiastically by Sadio at the front desk. Each of the following times we spoke with her she was personable, accommodating and helpful! We also had the opportunity to interact with a young woman named Alba (the head housekeeper I believe). She too was friendly, helpful and fun to talk with.

Granted only 10 of the 43 cabins were occupied while we were there, we found the cabins and their location were comfortable and peaceful in a beautiful location staffed by friendly and welcoming young people. A good choice!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Vintage, wood cabins set amoung the trees adjoining Johnston Canyon. Several different sized cabins with varied amenities. We chose a pet friendly cabin. There is only one type of cabin for guests with pets. Its called a duplex cabin. We had #5A. It had one, comfortable, queen bed, table and 2 chairs. As well as two upholstered arm chairs by the stone, wood burning fireplace. The room also had a gas stove on a thermostat. Cosy & warm. There was a coffee maker with teas and coffee provided. Also a small fridge which was great to have. There are two bbqs that all guests share. Fire wood is provided. Bathroom was a tub/shower combo. Shampoo, conditioner, soap provided. The place is quaint & dated. Clean & comfortable. Great location, quiet and away from tiwn. Hike to the waterfalls. Friendly staff. Easy check in. We were there opening weekend in May 2014. New owners.Restaurant on site was ok. Food was bland, especially breakfast. Bison burger good. Best cabins # 10,11,12 overlooking river, unless you want more privacy. Quiet a night. Good for a 2-3 day stay. Easy drive to Lake Louise or Banff.

Room Tip: Best view cabins above, overlooking river, 10, 11 ,12. There are a couple of cabins with kitchen. Th...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Hi we stayed at the Johnston Canyon for 7 nights as we had planned for a few Hike to Pito Lake etc. and the cottage were nice & comfortable. We could also take pets there so being an added advantage.
Its very near toe the Johnstons Canon so one of our small Hike started from here.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank udayvora
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Our stay was rather charming in such a lovely setting. The nature was quite spectacular. The mountains and closeness of them to our cabin created a surreal experience. The cabins had a nice character to them. The lodge has a nearby restaurant and gift shop and seemed reasonable
The staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We were glad to see our nice and very clean cabin. It was a long trip and needed some good
rest and peace. The location next to the trail to the waterfalls is very convenient and we had friendly service and attention. The prices were good too. Would like to return someday in the spring.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Randolf K
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

There were a lot of animals sighted on the Bow Valley which is right next to the Resort which was great. We were pleased with the friendliness of the staff. Our stay was wonderful as they provided lovely hospitality and service. Our cabin was clean and cozy. The checking in procedures were very thorough and complete. The meals in the restaurant were good and had reasonable prices. If you get a chance the dawn is a good time to see some of the wildlife according to our information.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Larry G
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Address: Box 875, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A9, Canada
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Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #18 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Banff
Price Range: £131 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Johnston Canyon Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
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