Best lake trails in Canada

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#1 - Lake Agnes Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
The Lake Agnes Trail is an accessible and relatively short hike up to the Lake Agnes Tea House which was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1901 as a refuge for hikers. The trail has an elevation gain of 1,312 feet and offers fantastic views of the Nokhu Crags and Lake Louise. The Tea House is a real treat while enjoying views of the lake and is open from early June through October. Note that there is no garbage/recycling bin at the tea house as the staff are responsible for trekking supplies up and down the mountain. Please do your part to help the staff and keep our parks clean by being prepared to pack out any garbage from your visit. The trailhead can be accessed from Lake Louise near the Fairmont Chateau Hotel. For those looking for a longer hike check out Little Beehive or Big Beehive.Show more
#2 - Upper Grassi Lakes Trail Loop
Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
Note: During the winter/icy conditions, Grassi Lakes Upper Trail (also known as the "hard" trail) will be closed however the other trails are still accessible. Please check here for more information: https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports/canmore-and-area/grassi-lakes-upper/ This popular route takes the easier, gravel Upper Grassi Lakes Trail up and returns on the steeper Grassi Lakes Trail. Feel free to do it in reverse or as an out and back. The Grassi Lakes Trail is located in a Wildlife Corridor. Travel in this area is restricted to designated trails only for the protection of natural habitat, animals, and hikers. Please remain on designated trails at all times. Each member of your hiking group should carry bear spray, as bears are often spotted in this area. Approximately 100m from the trailhead, there is a fork with signage indicating an easier route and one that is more difficult. The easier trail to the right is called Upper Grassi Lakes and follows an old road through dense forest. The more difficult route to the left is the Grassi Lakes Interpretive and climbs gradually through forested terrain before reaching a very steep section with excellent views of a waterfall and the town of Canmore. The loop can be completed in either direction, clockwise or counter-clockwise. The more difficult Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail is closed in the winter due to icy conditions which develop from water flowing over the trail. The cliffs around the lakes are regularly visited by climbers but should not be closely approached by hikers unless equipped with climbing helmets to protect against serious injury from falling rocks.Show more
#3 - Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 58 m
NOTE: This trail is not safe for travel in the winter unless you have avalanche training and equipment. The avalanche zones on both Teahouse trails are clearly marked. See Parks Canada for further information. From the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, follow the lake shore to the back of the valley. Stop at the teahouse for a cup of tea and watch for mountain goats and glaciers.Show more
#4 - Sentinel Pass via Larch Valley Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 4 h 30 m
NOTE: The parking lot at Moraine Lake fills up early in the morning. Once it fills up, the park closes the road and makes people utilize the shuttle to reach the lake. To read more about the shuttle, please see https://roamtransit.com/2020/03/important-roam-service-information/ The Larch Valley is an amazing trail, but the final 1.5km to Sentinel Pass can get slippery if there is snow, so be prepared. The hike up to Larch Valley is short with consistent incline. The trail to the Sentinel Pass needs a little bit of effort. A good pair of hiking shoes, hiking poles and shoe cleats for snow are must haves. Temperature drops at the top so extra layers are highly recommended. Going down from the trail can be a bit challenging with the traffic of people going up. The trails are really narrow so patience and kindness are expected. Do not expect much social distancing!Show more
#5 - East End Of Rundle (EEOR)
Spray Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
Caution: Rocks may fall from higher up on the trail as people are scrambling, be cautious and courteous to other hikers. This trail offers beautiful views the entire way up. It is definitely a steep and strenuous hike, with a few portions where you will need to use your hands. In some seasons be prepared for large quantities of snow and icy conditions at the top. Micro spikes, crampons and hiking poles highly recommended. Show more
#6 - Sarrail Ridge via Rawson Lake Trail
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
Parts of this trail can be closed due to bear activity during the summer months. Please check here for status updates: https://albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports/peter-lougheed/rawson-lake/ In winter, this trail is considered backcountry and an avalanche hazard exists. Please exercise caution and refer to the park page for more information. Proper footwear and poles recommended. Show more
#7 - The Big Beehive Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 4 h 1 m
The way up to Lake Agnes is the easy to moderate and well maintained; however, when trying to scale to the top from Lake Agnes is where things get quite tricky. About halfway up it gets steep and some willpower is required. Trail up to big beehive is tougher with steep switchbacks, but the view at the top is so worth it!Show more
#8 - Picklejar Lakes
Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
#9 - Devils Thumb Via Lake Agnes Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 56 m
The trailhead to Devil's Thumb is located directly across from the trail to the Big Beehive lookout. This trail does not appear on any parks signage, as Parks Canada does not want people who are unprepared to wander onto this difficult trail by accident. You will see a large fallen tree trunk lying across the path where the trail up to Devil's Thumb begins. Make a mental note of the place where the hiking trail ends and the scrambling section begins, as it can be easy to miss on the descent. CAUTION: The latter portion of this trail involves some extremely steep scrambling on loose rocks and dirt, which may not be suitable for beginners. The trail is very narrow and exposed with a steep drop on one side, which may be unnerving for those with fear of heights. Proper hiking shoes with good grip are very strongly recommended. Gloves and hiking poles may also be useful. Mosquitoes are notoriously bad on this trail, particularly on the scrambling section, so bring plenty of bug spray. Avoid this trail in wet weather conditions, as it will become extremely slippery and dangerous. Listen for warnings of falling rocks from other hikers, and warn those below you if you dislodge a rock. Even smaller rocks can cause serious injuries on steep slopes. The trail is often very crowded between Lake Louise and Lake Agnes. The Tea House at Lake Agnes is very busy, but they offer a large range of snacks and drinks. Note that there is no garbage/recycling bin at the tea house as the staff are responsible for trekking supplies up and down the mountain. Please do your part to help the staff and keep our parks clean by being prepared to pack out any garbage from your visit. This trail has incredible views along the way: you can see more than four glaciers at the top! It's well worth it for the views over Lake Agnes, Lake Louise, and the Victoria, Lefroy, Aberdeen, Mitre and Horseshoe Glaciers. Hikers comment that every pit stop along the way has a majestic view!Show more
#10 - Garibaldi Lake Trail
Garibaldi Provincial Park
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 6 h 34 m
Note: As of September 2020, this trail has reopened but you will need a pass to access it. Please check here for updates and more information: http://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/ Keep going and don’t give up as the view on the top is spectacular! The landscape changes when you reach the lake. Take insect repellent to sit and enjoy the time at the lake. Show more
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