Dan Welyk Calgary Realtor® Since 1999

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Being a Tourist in Our Own Backyard - Johnson Canyon in Banff National Park

Last week we (my wife and I) decided to be a tourist in our own back yard.  After seeing information and hearing about Johnson Canyon and the Ink Pots we decided to go hike it during the off season as it’s a tourist hot spot for most of the summer months.


Johnson Canyon & Ink Pots Banff National Park


I have been told this is a super easy hike - more like a nature walk so we didn’t put too much thought into our preparations for the day.  Usually, I am the one who heads out prepared for most of any condition - not this time - we were unprepared in the worst way.  We did not bring micro-spikes for our boots. 


Johnson Canyon in Banff National Park


Big Mistake.  I do not recommend this ‘walk’ in the winter without having some kind of micro-spike or cleat for your boots. 


The entire pathway was a sheet of ice which made the accent treacherous.   Thankfully, there are rails most of the way which made it possible to get at least to the upper falls. 


After assessing the remaining trail to the Ink Pots - we made the call to end the hike early and head back.  By this time, it was raining which made the conditions on the ice worse. 


One of the most disappointing finds on this trail was the amount of garbage.  I guess the difference between hiking with tourists and hiking with hiker’s.  I am disgusted with the amount of garbage people leave behind.  If you ever go in to nature - remember what goes in, goes out.

Johnson Canyon Ice Walk
Anyway - enough negative - I can see why this is so popular.  It is an amazing area to see and is worth it to go.  I’ll be back a couple times just to see it in the different stages of seasons.

 Johnson Canyon in Banff National Park














 Well - will be back to this one soon.   


Here is part 2 - we made it up to the Ink Pots



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