Dec-Apr
Season
6:30pm, 7:30pm
Departure Time
2.5 Hours
Duration
8+
Age
Active
Activity

Your headlamp makes the frozen waterfalls of Johnston Canyon shimmer as you hike along the catwalk in quiet darkness. At one point, the group turns out their lights and you’re immersed in the peaceful stillness of a winter night.

The Johnston Canyon 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.

Light your way through this narrow, water-formed, canyon as your small group follows our 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.

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.

Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Ice cleats
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Guide Quote

Neil's Pick

"Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the silence." - Neil , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

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.
Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Ice cleats
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Guide Quote

Neil's Pick

"Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the silence." - Neil , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Q: How long is the tour?
A: The tour is two and half hours long
Q: What do we walk on?
A: The walk is on snow and ice covered catwalks, which are above the canyon, and you can look down into the canyon. Great for photos!
Q: What is the difference between the day tour to Johnston Canyon and the Evening Icewalk?
A: The day tour is longer in duration and distance, and goes all the way to the Upper Falls. The evening tour is shorter and only visits the Lower Falls. It also includes a special souvenir to take home.
Q: Will it be dark when we go?
A: It does depend what time of year you go. Later in the season it may be twilight when you head down but you will still need your headlamp for the return journey.
Q: Is the trail lit up?
A: There isn’t any light on trail. We hike with headlamps (provided) and the guide carries strong flashlights to light up specific features and provide extra light for safety when needed.
Q: What should I wear?
A: We would suggest ski wear, so ski pants, jacket, long underwear, mitts and a hat. Wearing other regular clothing such as jeans, will leave you very cold. For your shoes, we would suggest hiking boots or snow boots.
Q: What equipment is provided?
A: We provide ice cleats that will be attached to your boots that will prevent you from slipping on the ice. We also have hiking poles if you would like to use them as well and torches along with the headlamps that you can keep after the tour.
Q: Does the tour come with snacks?
A: We provide hot chocolate and maple cookies when we reach the Lower Falls.
Q: Will there be any wildlife?
A: There is a chance of seeing wildlife on the tour, however we do not guarantee wildlife on any of our tours. Our guides have a lot of knowledge about the animals within the park and can fill you in about them if you see any wildlife or if you have any questions.
Q: What temperature do you cancel at?
A: We cancel our tour around minus 30 degrees Celsius or -22 Fahrenheit.
Q: Does it get icy?
A: It does get icy during the winter season that is why we provide ice cleats during the tour to give you extra grip while you are doing your ice walk.
Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Ice cleats
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Guide Quote

Neil's Pick

"Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the silence." - Neil , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Minimum age for this tour is 8 years.

Season dates – December 11th to March 9th at 6:30pm  & March 10th to April 10th  at 7:30pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday

Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Ice cleats
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Guide Quote

Neil's Pick

"Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the silence." - Neil , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

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