December 12th, 2011
Hiking up Johnston Canyon in the summer is a rite of passage for most Calgarians, but have you done it in the winter?
Banff Adventures Unlimited offers a guided ice walk of the canyon along catwalks and past frozen waterfalls including the grand finale arrival at the Upper Falls, all 30 meters of which freeze to form the Cathedral of Ice. Tourists tend not to make the trek in the chilly temperatures and the normally busy spot turns tranquil. $62 gets you an experienced guide, ice cleats and hot chocolate. The four-hour excursion leaves every morning and afternoon from Banff hotels.
Bundle up and prepare for a breathtaking experience. —Jaelyn Molyneux