Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Lake Johnson a few kilometres out of Banff was, according to guide books, well worth a visit. A short drive out of town, it has a good walking trail round the lake. As it is at a reasonably low elevation it is usually snow free from April onwards though that wasn’t a consideration for us on a sultry August day.

With Banff being rather hot and smoky we were looking forward to the chance to walk in slightly clearer surroundings. 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) in total, the walk was relatively straightforward, a little uphill in parts though not particularly strenuous. For much of the trail you can enjoy lovely views back across the lake to Cascade Mountain.


The path also passes through spruce forests, crosses over a few mountain streams and winds through several glades where an abundance of juicy looking red berries were growing. We weren’t sure whether they were edible for humans but they would certainly appeal to the local bears. We knew that around late summer the bears are particularly keen to eat as much as possible to sustain them through the long barren winter months. Hence we went a little gingerly through the clearings full of ripe berry bushes (which our friend described as a “bear smorgasbord”) not wanting to come between any hungry bears and their afternoon snack!




No sightings however and we wended our way back unscathed to the picnic and recreation area at the entrance to the lake. Evidently this was a very popular spot with the locals – many families were enjoying picnics (we were a little surprised given the abundance of bear warnings round the place) or kayaking and swimming in the cooling waters of the lake.



Information panels gave us more insight into the eco system and environment in this part of the world.




Although there were quite a few visitors to the lake, for much for our walk along the trail we felt we had the place to ourselves. The lake was pristine and we had some respite from the smoky air caused by the drift from the wildfires further north. A peaceful and serene place, Lake Johnson is a lovely spot for a gentle hike.



Restless Jo does a wonderful job of writing up her regular walks in her new home in the Algarve Portugal (and prior to that out and about in the UK). She collates both her own and other people’s walking posts in her weekly “Monday Walk” – well worth checking out for ideas, inspiration and virtual travelling!

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13 thoughts on “Hiking Trails near Banff – Lake Johnson

  1. So beautiful– this looks like a wonderful day out. (And I’m glad the bears stayed at bay!)

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    1. Yes it was a beautiful place for a gentle hike though we did have half an eye out for bears! πŸ™‚

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  2. Gilda Baxter says:

    It looks so beautiful and peaceful. I am glad no bears in sight πŸ™‚

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    1. We were relieved too Gilda! A friend of our travelling companions had sent some photos of her daughter encountering (at a safe distance!) a grizzly bear whilst out on a weekend hike not too far from Banff so were happy not to come across any! Lovely place though and very peaceful πŸ™‚

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  3. Wow this looks stunning. I love that they provide interpretive signs.

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    1. It was very interesting to read up about the area, wildlife and environment. We found they gave you great information in the parks we went to – so important to increase awareness and understanding of the animals and habitat. It was a stunning place to visit! πŸ™‚

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  4. restlessjo says:

    It looks wonderfully peaceful, Rosemay, and I enjoyed our little stroll. That water looks so smooth, I think even I could kayak on it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thanks for your suggestion, hon. I’ve included it with my walks next Monday.

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    1. Thanks Jo – so glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Yes it was a very peaceful and calm place and so nice to be by the water on a hot and sultry day. Thanks so much – I’ll link the post to your Monday walks so others can find it too. Enjoy the rest of your week πŸ™‚

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  5. Jen says:

    Thanks for sharing the lovely landscapes 😊

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    1. Thanks Jen glad you enjoyed seeing the photos. It is a beautiful place πŸ™‚


  6. ourcrossings says:

    Looks like a beautiful place to go for a hikeπŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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    1. There were some lovely hiking trails in and around the Banff area – this was a relatively short one! πŸ™‚

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