The 18th century poet Samuel Johnson once stated, “Deviation from nature is deviation from happiness.” Though a largely romantic notion at the time, this claim possesses quite a bit of scientific truth today. In fact, reputable sources like Science Daily and the University of Rochester have suggested that spending time in nature can have a positive effect on a person’s mental and physical health.
Subscribing to this theory is Johnston Canyon Resort, an outdoor oasis located in the peak-lined wilderness of Banff, Alberta. Cradled by the Canadian Rockies, this relaxing resort puts you within arm’s reach of Banff National Park and its many natural attractions. With such an inspiring environment, you’re sure to feel more alive than ever.
Located just off the scenic Bow Valley Parkway, Johnston Canyon treats you to some truly remarkable views. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and escape the everyday stresses. Even before you arrive, the scenery is on full display. When you’re driving along the Parkway, nature’s beauty and roaming wildlife welcome you to a more relaxing lifestyle.
Once you’re settled in, strap on your hiking boots and explore the rocky terrain. You’re within walking distance of an idyllic trail, which winds through the Johnston Canyon and eight cascading waterfalls, some of them being 100 feet high. Based on your skill level, you can either hike the easier lower falls or the more advanced upper falls. These hikes connect vacationers with nature, elevating everyone’s sense of happiness and well-being.
During your hike, you’re sure to discover multiple photo opportunities. In fact, steel catwalks with railings have been constructed and attached to the canyon walls with well-placed lookouts to help you snap that perfect photograph. If there’s time to wander beyond the upper falls, you’ll discover the Ink Pots, which consist of several pools of emerald-coloured mineral springs that bubble to the surface.
Create even more picture-worthy moments when you ascend Pilot Mountain. This historic landmark was inhabited by pioneering explorers in the late 1800s and is truly awe-inspiring. The mountain was named for its position where the Bow Valley changes direction, thus affording distant views of the mountain all along the valley. This is the perfect place to mediate and soak in nature’s serenity.
Nature’s unmatched energy remains at your cabin, which are cradled by towering pine trees. Each utopic unit features wooden/leather mission-style furniture, down duvets, and plenty of privacy. Accommodating two to six people, these cabins are perfect for all sizes of groups and some feature welcoming fireplaces.
In an age where people are disconnected from nature, Johnston Canyon Resort prescribes visitors a dose of wilderness wellness. Within minutes, Banff’s majestic mountain terrain will have you feeling on top of the world.