• Location: Banff, Canada
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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Experience the winter wonderland of Banff’s Johnston Canyon on this 4-hour ice walk tour. Join a professional guide on a hike along the canyon’s steel walkways, where you’ll visit the beautiful lower and upper waterfalls, and learn how this majestic canyon was formed. Your excursion includes round-trip transportation, ice cleats, and a hiking pole, plus a light snack and hot chocolate to help warm you up.


  • Enjoy a beautiful tour of the Johnston Canyon Icewalk®
  • Look out for the various types of wildlife which inhabit the area
  • Learn about the history and geology of the area from your knowledgeable guide

What You Can Expect

Johnston Canyon Icewalk

See the upper falls

Explore the unique ice-covered waterfalls and beautiful scenery of Banff’s renowned Johnston Canyon during this 4-hour ice walk. Strap on your ice cleats, and hike on steel walkways along the canyon’s edge for an unexpected winter adventure.

Your adventure is available in the morning or in the afternoon and will begin with a pick up from Banff. Then you will venture out to Johnston Canyon to begin your hike. As you set out, keep an eye out for winter wildlife, and listen in as your guide shares details about the canyon’s history and geology.

Continuing on along the frozen path, you reach the canyon’s breathtaking lower and upper icefalls, trapped in beautiful layers of ice by the arctic air. You’ll finish your invigorating walk through this icy environment with a warm cup of hot chocolate and a snack before heading back to Banff.

Note: Walking time is about 2-2.5 hours, the return distance is 3.4 miles (5.4 kilometers), and elevation gain is 443 feet (135 meters).

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Our guides were really wonderful. No one was left behind and everyone was given the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of ice landscape.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I highly recommend this tour to people who may be afraid of driving in the snow or on slippery surfaces, and people who may have a hard time exploring Johnston Canyon on their own. My husband and I booked the 8:30 tour, and our tour guide picked us up behind the Mount Royal Hotel in DT Banff. We picked up 2 more groups of guests and hit the road to the canyon. On the way there, we spotted a white-tailed deer, a family of elks 7 of them, and an owl. Our tour guide stopped the engine and gave us time to take pictures. The ride was about 45-minutes to one hour. We were given snow cleats and hiking poles by the entrance. Our tour guide gave us detailed instructions length, time, physical demand, bathroom etc, and everyone was clear what to expect. Do note that the hike is very simple for physically active people, but not so for physically inactive ones. I run 7 miles a day, and the hike was a piece of cake. My husband is on the large side physically, and he doesnt exercise often. The hike was difficult for him, as he had to stop and take mini breaks here and there. The scenery was so beautiful, so I would still recommend everyone to join the tour and try it. There were two water falls, one small and one big in scale. It took about 45 minutes to hit the first water fall, and another 45 minutes to the second one. Everyone in my 11-person group made it. We embraced the amazing view and had hot chocolate by the second water fall. Really good experience. Highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We loved this tour! Our tour guide was awesome! She knew a lot and made it fun even though we were freezing! The hot cocoa and cookies hit the spot!

Lori R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Absolutely beautiful! A must see and do. We were there in January and although cold it wasn't too bad. We eventually had our jackets off completely so don't let that time of year stop you. Never imagined how beautiful it was within the canyon. So glad we did this. Fantastic pictures to look back on.


4 star rating: Recommended December 2017

Really amazing trip to a beautiful place! Guide was great, the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because even though the company had 2 other tour buses I was put on a tour with a 9-person family. I feel like they were on their own schedule entirely and did not care about holding up me and the 2 other people on the tour who were outside this family. It's not the company's fault how rude they were, but I do wish the tour company had made them take a private tour.

peter h

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

Mick was our guide who is a geologist in his spare time, he was very informative and entertaining encouraging crowd participation. We were issued our crampons for our boots and of we went. frozen waterfalls walking through snow covered forest was enchanting, learning a bit of history along the way also. You turn a corner and again WOW! you just are presented such natural beauty. And before you return back to the bus a nice hot chocolate and bickkies to get you back. Thanks for the experience Mick

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