Banff - Johnston Canyon Ice Walk – Evening Tour


Highlights

The Johnston Canyon Evening Ice walk will allow you explore the frozen waterfalls of Johnston Canyon in quiet darkness at night as you hike along the suspended catwalks under the stars in this small-group tour.  With your guide leading the way, you will explore Johnston Canyon, and marvel at shimmering frozen waterfalls and hike along a suspended catwalk.  

At the 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.  You will warm up with hot chocolate and a maple cookie snack while you marvel the Lower Falls.

 Note:

  • Children below 8 are not accepted on this tour.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
  • Operation of this tour is weather dependent.
  • Operation of this tour is subject to the evolving COVID-19 situation.


How to join this tour pickup point:

Pickup is offered from most hotels in Banff.  Clients will be dropped off either in town or at your hotel. Clients must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Tour guide will be there within the 15-minute pick up window.


We offer competitive rates for Private Tours, Car Rental, Hotel and Stay upgrades as well as optional Tours & Attractions:

  • Is your client looking for a Private Tour?  Please let us know. 
  • Would your client like to rent a mid-sized car with an option to upgrade?
  • We provide hotel accommodations in this destination with options to extend the stay, hotel and room upgrades.  Please contact us if you require hotel stay for your client.
  • We also offer a range of Day Tours and Admissions.  Please visit our website at www.dmci.ca for more information.
  • We can customize an itinerary to meet the specific needs of your client.

Please contact our Canada Destination Specialist for information and assistance.

Inclusions

  • Evening guided hike to see the frozen waterfalls – 2.2 km walk, 213 feet elevation gain.
  • Pick ups and dropped off from most hotels in Banff is included. 
  • Transport to popular Johnston Canyon.
  • Ice cleats and hiking poles.
  • Hot Chocolate and Maple Cookie snack.
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide).
  • Souvenir headlamp.
  • Professional certified guide.
  • Taxes & GST.

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance - recommended.  We require Travel Agent to secure a signed Waiver in the event client declines your offer to sell Travel Insurance.

         DMCi will require Travel Agent to provide us the signed waiver when required as a part of the Terms &             Conditions of Contract. 

         DMCi sells Manulife Travel Insurance.  Please check with us for rates.

  • Bottled Water.
  • Gratuities on tours & cruises.

Accommodations Featured

Please contact our Canada Destination Specialist for information and assistance.

Tariffs

Room Configuration Beds Occupancy
TWIN or
SINGLE or
TRIPLE
QUAD
TWIN + 1 YOUTH + 1 CHILD
TWIN + 2 CHILD

For more information on Rooming and how rates apply, please refer to Important Notes

Optional Tour

These optional tours can be booked with our package. Please contact our Canada Destination Specialist for rates.

Notes about this Tour

  • The tour is 2 ½ hours long, which includes 1 ½ to 2 hours for the ice walk. The tour runs seasonally at 6:30 pm or 7:30 pm, the 6:30 pm tour returns to Banff at 9 pm and the 7:30 pm tour returns to Banff at 10 pm.
  • 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 trail and 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 Icewalk is 5.4km (3.4 miles) and has an elevation of 135 metres (443 feet), with a total walking time of 2 – 2.5 hours. This icewalk is considered moderate/intermediate, and it is the most difficult winter walk that we offer in the winter. We aim to go at a relaxed pace however you do need to feel comfortable walking 3km /1.75 miles per hour to enjoy the experience. The main elevation gain is done in short climbs (in some cases steep enough for steps), rather than being dispersed over the entire distance. Moderate fitness is recommended to ensure that you enjoy the tour.
  • Ice cleats are provided that can be attached to your boots.  This 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.
  • What is the difference between Day and Evening Tour?  The day and evening tours are different lengths of time, distance and elevation. The day tour is a 4 hour tour that includes both the lower and upper falls with 2 to 2 ½ hours of walking and is a little more strenuous due to the increased distance (5.4km) and elevation gain of 135 metres (443 feet).
  • The Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk is a 2 ½ hour tour that visits the lower falls with 1 ½ to 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.
  • Difference between Johnston Canyon and Grotto Canyon - Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular attractions in Banff National Park, and has a network of steel catwalks built into the canyon walls that allows you to walk right along the frozen waterfalls (rather than directly on the ice). There are two Johnston Canyon Icewalk options, the daytime icewalk is a 4 hour tour that includes both the lower and upper falls with 2 to 2 ½ hours of walking and is a little more strenuous due to the increased distance (5.4km) and elevation gain of 135 metres (443 feet). The evening icewalk is a 2 ½ hour tour that visits the lower falls with 1 ½  to 2 hours of walking 2.2 km with an elevation gain of 65 metres (213 feet) and includes a souvenir headlamp to light your way under the stars. On both Johnston Canyon Icewalks the walk is mainly up above the creek bed on a series of trails and catwalks.
  • The Grotto Canyon Icewalk allows you to walk directly on a frozen creek bed at the bottom of Grotto Canyon past unusual rock formations, ancient Native rock art, and icefalls. The icewalk is 4.2km (2.6 miles) and has an elevation of 100 metres (328 feet), with a total walking time 2 to 2 ½ hours. This icewalk is generally considered easy, with a few small inclines.
  • Please visit this link to find “What you should wear?”.
  • Does it get Icy?  Can the tour be cancelled if the weather turns too cold?  - It does get icy during the winter season which is why ice cleats are provided during the tour to give you extra grip while you are doing your icewalk.  The tour is cancelled at around -30 degrees Celsius or -22 Fahrenheit.  In such circumstances we will offer to reschedule or refund your tour if this occurred.
  • Guides expect to be tipped.

Operation Info


YearOperating DatesDepartures

Notes

Tour Code
202101 January to 10 AprilEvening Tour – 6:30 PM
Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
DM-YBADBTJCE

Note:

  • Children below 8 are not accepted on this tour.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
  • Operation of this tour is subject to the evolving COVID-19 situation. 

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