Banff National Park's most hiked
ago (1986), when I was 12 my parents did a road trip from Kamloops, up
to Jasper, through Banff and eventually back to Kamloops. At the
time, it felt like a 4 year journey, but it probably took about a week
- maybe less. One of the places we visited was Johnston
Canyon. Years later (2000), while visiting
Mike in Calgary
, we took a winter trip out to Banff and explored
the canyon and I was amazed how much I remembered - bridges, rock
sections and water falls.
now, just a few years later, everything was
very familiar - yet different. No snow - just way too much
rain. Being able to see the water surface and the deep greens was
great. There is so much more detail to the canyon when you can
see the walls. You appreciate the effort that went into building
the cat walks that allow you to navigate so deeply in the Canyon.
One of my favorite parts of Johnston Canyon is the lower falls.
They have cut a deep round pool, but humans (I believe) have cut a cave
through the rock so you can get close and see the falls from "moist"
As you hike
further up the route, you exit the canyon (those catwalks must be
expensive to build), and get a different view of the waterfalls.
These falls don't have a name (at least on a sign post), but the view
from above was beautiful - in BC this one fall would be a worth
destination for a half day hike.
to the magnificent High Falls - the end of the canyon experience.
On my last visit, the wall was covered in ice and ice covered in
climbers, but this time it was just a large moist rock wall covered in
slowing growing algae mats.
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