We woke up early, made breakfast, and began our next hike of the day. The town of Banff is about 20 minutes north of Canmore and an easy drive. Johnston Canyon is a short ride from Banff and a nice hike through the canyon with some beautiful waterfalls. This photo is from the Lower Falls trail. It wasn’t as crowded here compared to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, but if you are visiting, definitely get there by 10am before it gets too crowded with people stopping to take photos since the trail is narrower in certain areas.
“The town feels very European … buildings modeled after small villages with wooden accents that are only two or three stories high.”
After spending the morning hiking, we headed to the town of Banff to explore. I loved how each street had one of these markers like Wolf Street. Banff is similar to Canmore, although more touristy. There are buses that will take you to different hiking spots, plus the famous Banff Gondola to see panoramic views of the surrounding mountains! The town feels very European in a sense that all of the shops have traditional wooden signs out front, potted flowers everywhere, and buildings modeled after small villages with wooden accents that are only two or three stories high.