Johnston Canyon Icewalk ® AM or PM

The Johnston Canyon Icewalk traverses a series of steel catwalks that give spectacular views of the Johnston Canyon below. This popular ice walk will lead you past the lower falls and to the breathtaking upper icefalls. Travel through prime wildlife habitat and learn the clues to how Johnston Canyon was formed. Guests should dress in skiwear for this trip including hats, mitts and warm boots.

PLEASE NOTE:  This tour does not walk on the ice.  (It is fragile, dangerous and you can punch through to the icy flowing water).  You will be following the steel catwalks that are built into the canyon wall and allow a spectacular view down the canyon walls to the ice and river below.  

If you would like to walk on ice, our Grotto Canyon Tour allows you to walk on the ice safely, as the creek bed freezes solid.

Itinerary and Highlights

  • Bow Valley Parkway:  Travel through prime wildlife habitat on the way to the trailhead.
  • Catwalks:  Steel walkways built into Johnston Canyon walls give an airy view of the gorge below.
  • Lower falls:  Walk through a natural cave feature for a unique view of the lower falls.
  • Rockies geology:  The rock is ancient, the creek is old, and the canyon you are walking in is young. Sort out the mystery on your tour.
  • Upper falls (day tours only):  Gigantic pillars of ice are the highlight of the tour. Ice climbers can often be seen scaling the frozen columns.
  • Walking distance - 5.4km
  • Elevation gain - 135m 

Remember to bring

  • Warm clothes, including hats, gloves and warm boots. Ski wear is strongly recommended for this tour.
  • Don't forget your camera!


  • Minimum age for this tour is 8 years.

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