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.
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