Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Johnston Canyon Hike and Storm Mountain Lodge, Banff National Park, Canada

We got a late start today, and the weather wasn’t great for a long, view hike, so we did the Johnston Canyon Hike - along with everyone else! Definitely start early in day – it’s a very busy hike and paved nearly the entire way. You can hike to lower falls which are nice, then onto the upper falls, which are nice as well. It’s about 1-2 hours for entire hike (we did it in 1 ½ hours). There are some really great views and we recommend the hike, but watch the crowds. The best parking is not in the main lot, but by the restaurant/bathrooms.

Not too far form the Johnston Canyon area is Storm Mountain Lodge where it was recommended we have lunch. It is a 1922’s out-of-the-way lodge – adorable, quaint, great food – lovely log cabin with a great waiter – we definitely recommend to go for lunch or dinner. It had a simple menu and great dessert. (We highly recommend the peach cobbler!!)

(We saw this Osprey & nest nest on the bridge to Johnston Canyon.)

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