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Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows

by Gail McGlamery

Hello & Welcome!

Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows has been proudly family owned and operated since 1926 and is ideally located at the trail-head of historic Johnston Canyon.  The trail boasts over 7 cascading glacial waterfalls experienced from a series of suspended canyon catwalks, bridges and caves; it is a must-see natural attraction in Banff National Park.  We offer 42 heritage bungalow/cabin accommodations in a variety of sizes and amenities. Within the lodge, a market/cafe and a restaurant bistro enhance your stay with us.

Charming Boutique Hotel Open May – October

Just a 20 minute drive west of Banff on the scenic route to Lake Louise called the Bow Valley Parkway.  Here the property is set within 5 acres of natural pine and spruce forest.   It is truly the ideal central basecamp to explore all of the spectacular sites and natural wonders presented in the Banff-Lake Louise region.  We look forward to meeting you!

Johnston canyon trail – self guided / easy to moderate

A definite must see natural attraction in Banff National Park.  The hike/walk up Johnston Canyon is truly spectacular in any season and is the most popular hike in all of Canada. Why is it so popular? It has the greatest scenic value, multiple waterfall vistas and easy access over a relatively short distance.  Regardless of your age or activity level, everyone can enjoy and experience the Canyon. It is recommended to hit the trailhead before 8 am or after 6 pm in the summer months as you will be rewarded with a much more intimate nature adventure. Peak hours do bring bus groups and large crowds of day visitors which changes the dynamic of the hike significantly.  Not shocking, but the further that one hikes up the trail, the volume of visitors decreases.

“Best coffee in Banff National Park”

Desire a cappuccino or latte to start the day?  The Market Cafe offers an array of freshly baked goods, in-house made healthy sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, and much more, so you can get on your way and explore the Canyon or nearby attractions.  A blend of a French café and vintage diner, the Market Cafe also offers an outdoor patio to enjoy your breakfast or snack. The market is also a gift shop offering a variety of Canadiana mementoes, souvenirs, t-shirts and weather clothing to round out your visit.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, apres-hike drink specials – our chefs create delicious hand crafted meals and offer gluten free and vegetarian options.  Join us for locally inspired food that is the ideal complement to a day of hiking, cycling or exploring the Rockies.  A river stone fireplace sets the atmosphere in this casual bistro named after a rare migrating bird called the “Black Swift” which nests in the creekside walls of Johnston Canyon. There is also an outdoor patio that overlooks the creek so you can enjoy a frosty draft beer or late lunch outdoors.  For dinner, the sizzling trout is a signature dish well worth experiencing.

Bow Valley Parkway access – 2021

Roam bus service is now available from Banff and Lake Louise.  For 2021, the Bow Valley Parkway is closed to vehicles UNLESS you are a dining guest or are staying with us.  Then as a registered guest you can drive directly here via Castle Mountain Junction.

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