Bourgeau Lake Trail is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 9, AB that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
It's about 2.5km past the Sunshine Village exit heading west on the TransCanada Highway. It can be accessed going both east and west. There is marked signage both directions.
Well maintained and marked trail just off Trans Canada highway. It's about 2.5km past the Sunshine Village exit heading west on the TC. It can be accessed going both east and west. There is marked signage both directions.
Nice steady incline through the forest. It was early September when we went and there was lots of moss and snow on the tops of the mountains. It had been a rainy week and had some muddy sections but I would still rate this trail easy-moderate. It took us 4 hours (at a brisk pace) up to Bourgeau Lake and back. It's just over 16km round trip and 1000 metre elevation gain. If you felt up to it you can continue on this trail to Harvey Pass.
Beautiful trail through the forest. Towards the end it opens up to very nice views of the mountains. The lake is pristine and has a beautiful setting. Will definitely do this hike again! I imagine it would be excellent on a hot summer day as there is lots of tree cover.