Hiking Johnston Canyon, Banff in the snow

This was our second time hiking Johnston Canyon, we went once in the summer (pt. 1 & 2), and after seeing photos of frozen waterfalls and ice climbers we decided we had to check it out in the snow, too. It's an easy hike to do if you're on your way in or out of Banff and have a couple of hours to spare. We'll have some more winter hike photos and trail information for the Banff area coming to the blog over the next few months that we're really excited to share; until then, enjoy a different perspective of Johnston Canyon! 

For anyone familiar with the Alberta Rocky Mountains we would absolutely love some recommendations for the Kananaskis area or must see stops along the Icefield Parkway. We haven't had a chance to explore either of those areas and would love to spend some time in both in the new year. Comment below or send us an e-mail with your top spots. Thanks in advance!

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Saddleback Pass, Banff pt. 2

Here are the rest of the photos from our hike to Saddleback Pass. We had hiked up high enough in these photos that we started to get into a lot of snow as opposed to rain/melting snowflakes which makes posting this today seem very appropriate as we have finally gotten our first bit of snow in Alberta (on lower ground anyways) over the weekend. 

The trail photos able also give an idea of why the trail is considered more on the difficult side, the majority of the hike is steep and uneven, totally worth it though! But it's good to take note if you don't hike very often or plan on taking someone else out who might not appreciate the climb. 

As you get closer to reaching Saddleback Pass the trail begins to wind through folds of mountains and trees, it's really incredible and difficult to capture the vastness of the surrounding mountains in photographs. 

At the top! From here you can continue on to hike up Fairview Mountain (very intense/high peak) which we skipped since it was getting later in the day and we wouldn't be able to appreciate/see the view through all the fog. You can also continue on down into a valley, however depending on what time of year you visit the area is restricted to groups of 4 or larger due to high grizzly activity. You can venture down with less people but that could get very scary very quickly or you could face a steep fine, so just avoid it or make friends on the trail. We hope to check both areas as soon as we can!

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