Johnston Canyon is a unique winter wonderland in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Johnston Canyon is a popular destination, east of the Town of Banff, along the Bow Valley Parkway (Hwy 1A). In the wintertime, the Lower and Upper Falls are impressive and complex pillars of ever-changing artistic ice.
The Ink Pots are a group of mineral-rich springs, a significant hiking distance past the Upper Falls and adjacent to Johnston Creek in a broad valley surrounded by spectacular mountains.
Today is a wonderful, sunny day at +10 C. Return distance is 12 kilometers (7½ miles) with about 244 m (800 ft) of gross vertical elevation.
Hiking crampons are important in the wintertime. Much of the trail between the trail-head and the Upper Falls is coated with potentially dangerous ice from spray and mist.