Cleaning and safety practices
Scenic views of giant frozen waterfalls & ice pillars
Guided trek through the breathtaking Johnston Canyon
Warm up with hot chocolate and a maple cookie snack
Safe network of steel catwalks for your journey
Detailed narrative of the area’s history & landscapes
About this activity
What's included, what's not
1.5 hour (evening) or 2-2.5 hour (daytime) hike
Certified hiking guide
Hot chocolate and maple cookie snack
Return transport, including hotel pickup and drop-off service
Commentary in English
Know Before You Book
Daytime tours are 4 hours in length and evening tours are 2.5 hours in length, including transport to the canyon.
If you have back, neck, lower back, joint, or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether to participate.
You must be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
Please note that this tour stays on the trail, and does not traverse the ice due to safety concerns.
The minimum age for this tour is 8 years. All children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by someone 18 years and older.
All adults must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or guardian of any child under the age of 18.
What you can expect
Trek through Johnston Canyon and discover a winter nirvana of frozen waterfalls, giant ice pillars, and hidden ice caves. Led by charismatic and knowledgeable tour guides, the tour teaches you about the Canadian Rockies’ geology, history, and winter wildlife inhabitants.
Upon arrival, strap ice cleats over your boots for added support and grab a pair of adjustable hiking poles. Ascend along a network of steel catwalks and enjoy striking views of the Johnston Canyon and gorge below. Throughout the journey, learn about the area’s unique landscape and the history behind its formation.
Keep an eye out for local wildlife as you travel through Bow Valley Parkway, a known corridor to elk, bighorns, chipmunks, and more. Indulge in native legends, as well as local nature and wildlife trivia. The journey continues inside a natural, hidden ice cave with up-close views of the Lower Falls. The evening tour stops here, with time taken to marvel at the frozen falls by the light of your headlamp.
The daytime icewalks continue to the Upper Falls, where you may be lucky enough to see ice climbers scaling the frozen falls. After the 3.4-mile (5.4-km) hike, warm up with some hot chocolate and maple cookies.
Cleaning and safety practices
Enhanced cleanliness measures
- High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
- Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
- Vehicles and venues kept vacant between travellers
- Contactless ticket redemption
- Social distancing measures in place
- Personal protective equipment worn by staff
- Masks required
- Hand sanitiser provided
- Individually wrapped food options available