Johnston Canyon may be as popular as Lake Louise, but walk the trail beyond the Upper Falls and you'll find quiet there.
This trail through the pine trees descends into Johnston Valley and an open meadow. Here, you’ll have views of those biting mountains that have been perfected over 65 million years.
Also, you’ll find the Ink Pots — seven, bubbling blue-green pools that look just like witches’ cauldrons. It’s so fun to sit and watch, mesmerised, as black sand swirls in perfect circles under the water.
New images are created every moment. It’s like nature is playing Etch a Sketch with the sand. And it’s totally magic.
To reach the Ink Pots via Johnston Canyon, head to the parking area on the east side of Johnston Creek and follow the trail, almost 4 miles, for its length.
For a quieter hike that bypasses the canyon, you can reach the Ink Pots via Moose Meadows. The trailhead is three and a half miles west of Johnston Canyon on the Bow Valley Parkway.