Bourgeau Lake Trail is a 17.5 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 17.5 km Elevation Gain: 1,269 m Route Type: Out & Back

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Also known as Bourgeau Lake and Harvey Pass. 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.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this end September, simply beautiful. Continue to Harvey pass, it’s the more difficult part but worth the effort. Breath taking views. Took us about 7 hours, take food and drinks!

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snow
7 months ago

Did this hike yesterday with a buddy of mine. We made it to Lake Bourgeau before turning back and skipping the Harvey Trail lake since the snow had gotten deeper. 4 hours round trip, no need for spikes or even poles so long as you’re in pretty good shape and have the right footwear. Though as the season goes on there could be icier spots and much thicker snow to trek through.

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snow
7 months ago

Beautiful, with 3 lakes. Took us 7 hours with lots of snack and photo breaks. Poles and/or spikes are a must past the first lake (Bourgeau lake) if you are continuing all the way to Harvey pass.

hiking
muddy
snow
7 months ago

It's your average forest hike to the lake but if you want more, hit up Harvey pass about 2 more kms above the lake! muddy at the bottom and lots of snow up higher, microspikes a must for the last steep portion.

hiking
7 months ago

Lower half of the trail was dry, however beyond the waterfall the snow starts to appear on the trail. Lots of foot traffic so easy going all the way to the lake! The majority of this trail is moderate with maybe a harder rating for the final push to the lake. Enjoy :)

hiking
muddy
snow
8 months ago

Good hike, mostly throughout woodland. Bit steeper at the end, but I would rate is as a moderate hike. Took us under 6 h to complete with breaks. Some muddy sections. It snowed at the lake, so we couldn’t do the Harvey pass due to invisibility... They’re paving the parking lot on 25 sept till 28 sept 2019, they will close on those days.

hiking
8 months ago

The best views are beyond the lake at Harvey Pass - the hike up to the lake itself is pretty dull and don't think it would be worth it on its own. Probably our least memorable hike in this area.

hiking
8 months ago

Well worth the hike but you most certainly must continue to Harvey Pass.

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muddy
rocky
8 months ago

Completed this hike yesterday and the scenery was amazing, especially the view from atop Harvey Pass. It’s nice to see the other side of the mountain. Well worth the vertical climb.

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muddy
rocky
8 months ago

Excellent hike, the meadow and lake are stunning and the forest is absolutely beautiful full of lovely views! It’s a bit challenging and definitely more than a bit muddy but completely worth it!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike. Bourgeau Lake is beautiful and continuing up to Harvey Pass is well worth it if you have the time. The trail follows moderate switch backs at first and then steepens a bit toward Bourgeau Lake. There is a signed trail at Bourgeau Lake to continue to Harvey Lake and Harvey Pass. You’ll continue to gain steady elevation on the way to Harvey Pass and will pass by two more lakes before you reach Harvey Lake and Harvey Pass. Amazing hike all around! Keep an eye out for the sign for Bourgeau Lake on the highway, you’ll have to make a left turn after this to get to the parking lot.

hiking
8 months ago

boring start, fantastic finish. if you get to the first lake the rest is magnificent.

hiking
8 months ago

Agree with Alex - this hike was awesome and one of our top favs during our trip! Incredible workout, yes some steeper spots to climb - but all absolutely worth it and the views! We even saw a pack of wolves about 5min into the trail around one of the first curves - it was crazy!

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

Don’t listen to the haters and the losers (of which there are many), this is a fantastic trail. We got there around 7am and didn’t see anyone on the trail until we were on the way back. The forest on the way up is beautiful and full of amazing details. It rained while we were hiking through and everything was bright green. The lake itself is gorgeous.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous. Only saw two people on this run on the way up. We started around 10am and went up to Harvey pass (HIGHLY recommend going to Harvey Pass). I do think we lucked out a little with lack of crowd since it was rainy at the start, so you may want to start earlier on a clear day to avoid crowds.

hiking
8 months ago

Arrived at trailhead at 8:30am and only one other vehicle there. When I returned back 4.5 hours later, lot was packed. Pretty moderate hike at best. It was reasonably long but not that strenuous. Nice viewing of a waterfall half way up

hiking
8 months ago

Did the hike on 31 August. Rained all the way back and forth but the hike was awesome. Enjoyed the waterfall and the lake. Couldn’t go to Harvey pass. I recommend this hike to everyone

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent, especially if continuing to Healy pass or Mount Bourgeau.

hiking
8 months ago

Long trail in the forest till the last 2 km before Lake Bourgeau. The final 2/3 kms to the lake are a quite steep but the lake offers a nice fresh rest. The push up to Harvey's pass is around 3 km after Lake Bourgeau and is worth it while being steep. A portion through rocks (300 meters) isn't that enjoyable but again, worth it. We stop at Harvey's pass but saw some people pushing to the summit. Seemed like another 1.5h (estimation since we haven't done it). Total walk was 21.8km (10.8km up) which we did in 6 hours. Total elevation : 1056m. To the lake and back should be 15km and 850m elevation.

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

I loved this hike. Challenging at times but worth it!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful but crazy steep rocky terrain after Lake Bourgeau. Totally worth it though as you walk by many small lakes at the top.

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washed out
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

really nice trail! bit of a tough push to the lake but we were really motoring. finished in 4 hours. its actually 15 km return to the lake and a bit longer if you continue on through harvey pass. all in all a great day hike!

hiking
9 months ago

This was a nice hike on a moderately trafficked trail. Wouldn’t consider it a difficult hike other than the length. It took us about 8 hours return, though that includes a good hour and a bit of hanging around. We also went pretty far past the end of the pass trail to the left. So we did more like 21kms and would definitely recommend going the extra few as the views really get a lot better. Parking lot for sure fills up fast, so getting there early (before 9:30am) is a good idea.

running
9 months ago

To the lake was 4.6 miles and 2300 feet of elevation gain one way. Other than a series of switchbacks up to the lake the grade is fairly gentle. The last mile is very steep and worth the climb to the lake. Medium trafficked trail on a Saturday morning. Trail in excellent shape even after a night of heavy rain. One river crossing very easy. No wildlife spotted.

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