by Kim M.
Key West, Florida
August 23, 2005
The television in the cabin did not receive any channels; we were only able to watch rented VHS tapes, and the selection available was a bit outdated. We had seen all but two of the movies. Being in the midst of such natural beauty we would normally not watch much television, but in this case we were both sick and would have appreciated the opportunity to relax in bed and watch a little something.
The proximity of the resort to the Johnston Canyon Falls unfortunately put us in the middle of mosquito central, and we could not sit on the porch and enjoy the scenery. Every time we came back into the cabin, we went through a ritual of dashing through the door, quickly shutting it, and then madly slapping at each other, the walls, and the air. Every night, we were tormented by the whining of mosquitoes as we tried to sleep. This is not a controllable issue for the operators of the resort, but it is something to bear in mind if you can't bear the buzzing.
Now that I have sounded overly critical, let me outline the good parts. The cabins are very cute and are nicely decorated with a slight vintage feel. The down duvet on our bed was warm and comfortable and the gas fireplace was a cozy way to warm the room a little in the evenings. The greatest selling point, in my opinion, is location, location, location. Johnston Canyon Resort is located on the scenic Bow Valley Parkway, away from the bustle of town and out of the major traffic flow. It is convenient to both Banff and Lake Louise, making a day trip to either quite easy.
The resort has its own restaurant and coffee shop, as well as a gift shop. It is right across the parking lot from the trail to the falls, which is a very popular hike. During the day the lot fills with other park visitors, so you may have to stay parked at your cabin and walk back down to the restaurant rather than stop on your way out for the day. All in all, I would describe Johnston Canyon Resort as clean and adequate, but nothing special.
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