Hi Guys! So you’ve probably hiked a waterfall or two in your life.
But, have you ever hiked a frozen waterfall?
Johnston Canyon has to be one of the most majestic places I’ve seen so far on my travels in Canada. This should be on your bucket list when visiting Banff.
It was about -15 degrees the day I went here with Roger and my housemates. Considering the weather was so cold.. (cold for an Australian) the hiking trails were very busy!
In the winter you can hike to the lower and upper falls, and they are frozen from about November (depending on how early the winter starts) to about late May. Its located within the Banff National Park. You can hike the falls both in winter and summer.
The general hike time is:
Lower falls 30 minutes, 1.1 km one way
Upper falls, one hour , 2.6 km’s one way
If you plan on a return trip going to both lower and upper falls allow 2 to 2.5 hours.
So I hiked the Falls during mid winter. If you plan on doing this please prepare by:
Wearing tight thermals, both pants and top thermals. Buy a GOOD snow jacket. Buy snow boots. (Mine were for warmth up to -30 weather)
I found anything I bought in Australia just wasn’t good enough, and had to re purchase things once I got to Canada. I cannot explain how cold it is!
Rent some traction devices such as crampons or ice cleats (These go around your boots with spikes fixed to it to help stop you from slipping. I WISH I HAD THESE WHEN I WENT!
I fell so many times, through the gaps of the fence and right on my back, numerous times.
If you are older, PLEASE rent or buy these!
Emergency food and water. (Hiking takes it out of you, be prepared!)
Go early to avoid crowds and don’t hike alone.
Still have some questions? Feel free to comment below and I’m happy to answer!