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 suspended catwalks in quiet darkness at 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. At one point, the group turns out their lights and you’re immersed in the peaceful stillness of a winter night.

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 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Souvenir headlamp
  • Professional certified guide
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Ice cleats
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Day of Week
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
Walking Distance
  • 2.2km (1.4 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 65m (213 feet)
Guide Quote

Neil's Pick

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

The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

1

Bow Valley Parkway

Travel through prime wildlife habitat on the way to the trailhead.
2

Catwalks

Walk along the steel catwalks built into the canyon walls and view spectacular winter scenes where snow and ice have formed brilliant icicles and frozen waterfalls, lit by powerful portable uplights.
3

Lower Falls

Walk through a natural cave feature for a unique view of the lower falls.
Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Souvenir headlamp
  • Professional certified guide
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Ice cleats
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Day of Week
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
Walking Distance
  • 2.2km (1.4 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 65m (213 feet)
Guide Quote

Neil's Pick

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

The tour is 2.5 hours long, which includes 1.5 – 2 hours for the icewalk. The tour runs seasonally at 6:30pm or 7:30pm, the 6:30pm tour returns to Banff at 9pm and the 7:30pm tour returns to Banff at 10pm.
The tour includes transport from Banff to popular Johnston Canyon for an evening guided hike to see the frozen waterfalls. Guests will hike along snow and the steel walkways called ‘catwalks’ built into the canyon walls and explore the lower canyon with the icefalls lit up by powerful uplights.

We provide ice cleats that will be attached to your boots that will prevent you from slipping on the ice. We have hiking poles if you would like to use them as well, and we can also provide winter boots if requested at the time of booking (please include your US shoe size).

We pick up from most hotels in Banff, and you can select your preferred pick-up location during the booking process. For drop offs, our guide will ask you on the way back where you would like to be dropped off either in town or at your hotel.
This tour does not walk on the ice (as 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. The steel catwalks are above the canyon, and vary in height from ground level up to about 10m (30 ft).
The Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk is 2.2km (1.4 miles) and has an elevation of 65 metres (213 feet), with a total walking time of 1.5 – 2 hours. The icewalk is considered easy/moderate, and provides a shorter option with less elevation in comparison to the daytime icewalk.

We provide ice cleats that will be attached to your boots that will prevent you from slipping on the ice, and we have hiking poles for extra stability if you would like to use them as well.

The day and evening tours are different lengths of time, distance and elevation. The Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk is a 2.5 hour tour that visits the lower falls with 1.5 – 2 hours of walking 2.2 km with an elevation gain of 65 metres (213 feet) and includes a souvenir headlamp (yours to keep after the tour!) to light your way under the stars.

The Johnston Canyon daytime tour is a 4 hour tour that includes both the lower and upper falls with 2 – 2.5 hours of walking and is a little more strenuous due to the increased distance (5.4km) and elevation gain of 135 metres (443 feet).

You will be outside for around two hours and so we suggest warm clothes, including hats, gloves and warm boots. Ski gear (such as ski pants and jacket) is recommended. Wearing other sorts of clothing such as jeans will be very cold. For your shoes, we would suggest hiking boots or snow boots. We can provide winter boots if requested at the time of booking (please include your US shoe size).
It does get icy during the winter season which is why we provide ice cleats during the tour to give you extra grip while you are doing your icewalk. We cancel our tour at around -30 degrees Celsius or -22 Fahrenheit, and would offer to reschedule or refund your tour if this occurred.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.

Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Souvenir headlamp
  • Professional certified guide
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Ice cleats
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Day of Week
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
Walking Distance
  • 2.2km (1.4 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 65m (213 feet)
Guide Quote

Neil's Pick

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

  • The minimum age for this tour is 8 years.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Souvenir headlamp
  • Professional certified guide
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Ice cleats
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Day of Week
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
Walking Distance
  • 2.2km (1.4 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 65m (213 feet)
Guide Quote

Neil's Pick

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

Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours
Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk in Winter with Discover Banff Tours
Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk in Winter with Discover Banff Tours
Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours
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