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Johnston Canyon is one of Banff National Park’s most popular hiking spots, but most people don’t think to experience its at night. Your headlight (yours to keep after the tour) makes the frozen waterfalls shimmer as you hike along the suspended catwalk in quiet darkness. The evening icewalk is all about heightening your senses, appreciating the darkness, the scents of the fresh pine forest and enjoying the silence of a night spent beneath the stars as you follow your guide through this narrow, water-formed canyon.


Light your way through this narrow, water-formed canyon as your small group follows your guide to the Canyon’s lower falls. The suspended catwalks, built into the limestone walls, make this an easy trip for everyone. Along the way, your guide will highlight unique features by powerful flashlight and pause for moments of darkness and quiet to foster an appreciation for spending time in the canyon at night.

At our turn around point, your guide will illuminate the expanding ice that encases the rushing water and escort you through a natural tunnel onto the viewing platform, beside the cascading Lower Falls themselves. Warm up with hot chocolate and maple cookies while you look around the Lower Falls, the turnaround point.

The return journey is your opportunity to travel without your headlamp (should you wish!). You’ll be amazed as to how quickly your eyes adjust to the darkness, enough for you to travel through the pine forest guided only by the ambient light of the moon and the stars above your head.

What to expect:

  • Walking Time: 1 - 1.5 hours
  • Return Distance: 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers)
  • Elevation Gain: 213 feet (65 meters)

Includes return transport from Banff, a professional guide, a souvenir headlamp to keep, the use of ice cleats and hiking poles, and hot chocolate and maple cookies.


    Location: Banff, Canada

    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 

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      Departure Point:
      Public bus parking lot directly behind the Mount Royal Hotel (Hotel address: 138 Banff Avenue, Banff)

      Departure Time: 6:30pm (Dec 6 2018 - Mar 9 2019) 7:30pm (Mar 10 2019 - Apr 21 2019) ** Please be ready 15 minutes prior to your tour time**

      Return Details:
      Returns to the original departure point approximately 2.5 hours after departure

    • Inclusions:
      • Professional guide
      • Ice cleats
      • Hiking pole
      • Souvenir headlamp to keep
      • Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate
      • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)

    • Exclusions:
      • Optional gratuities

    • Other Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Minimum age is 8 years.
      • Guests should dress in ski wear for this trip including hats, mittens, and warm boots.

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