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Ink Pots Hiking Trail

Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Be prepare for sore legs, but it was totally worth it!

To get to inkpots, you have to hike to upper canyon, from there there are sign to show you to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Newport Beach
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Totally worth it!

The hike may seem endless for the impatient person, but it's completely worth it! I stumbled upon... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Katie S
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Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

To get to inkpots, you have to hike to upper canyon, from there there are sign to show you to inkpots. It is only 4km hike one way but the gradual incline is not an easy hike. This is not paved road but all dirt....More

Thank tibet71
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hike may seem endless for the impatient person, but it's completely worth it! I stumbled upon this gem when talking to a local. I'd absolutely agree that the hike is worth the view. It's a great place to sit and enjoy the view or...More

Thank Katie S
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

The hike up to the inkpots first takes you through the beautiful Johnston canyon. At the upper falls you will bear left and leave the crowds behind to start your ascent up to the inkpots. After a fairly grueling uphill climb the trail levels out...More

Thank Niagara905
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

We had read/heard that the ink pots past the upper falls were questionable if it was worth the lengthy hike. It took 50 minutes past the upper falls (and I'm not very fast) and was ABSOLUTELY worth it. No one was there at around 10:00am...More

Thank KassieJ9777
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

To get to the ink pots you must start at the Johnston canyon entrance and with that comes bus loads of tourists, kids, and non hikers. The length and difficulty of this hike generally weeds out 70 % of the Johnston cayon mob. If you...More

Thank Andrea-j C
Reviewed 20 June 2017

The Ink pots are like nothing else I've ever seen in my life and well worth the hike up to them. I would recommend you go first thing in the morning and the water is the most delicious water I've ever tasted.

Thank meghanwanner
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

We were squeezing in too much in one day before leaving for the airport the next day. Started with a Glacier Tour and I was told this was a must. So, we arrived at the base of this place somewhere in the last evening. I...More

3  Thank obiratkenobi
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We snowshoed up from Moose Meadows, about 6 km each way. Quiet little valley up in the mountains, and the inkpots are a peaceful little spot to stop for lunch and some scenery.

Thank Greg N
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I surprised myself on this hike because I normally enjoy the seclusion and quietness of the outdoors and don't enjoy running into too many people. However, I loved meeting the other hikers, joking around with them and especially getting to spend time with Canadians! They...More

2  Thank Emma H
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This was a good workout to the Ink Pots! Make sure you have spikes on your boots or you will have a hard time coming back. Almost all uphill to the end of the trail, then a little hike down(this is tough on the way...More

1  Thank adventuremom28
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13 September 2016|
Response from driftdiver1 | Reviewed this property |
Sounds like you are well prepared. Having a pair of gloves and toque or head band in your back pack wouldn't hurt. In September you need to be prepared for all types of weather. Yesterday we hiked Sunshine Meadows and it... More

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