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Bourgeau Lake Trail is a 10.9 mile 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.

Length 10.9 mi Elevation gain 4,163 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Scramble
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Getting There

There is a small parking lot and an outhouse at the trailhead.

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.

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Carolyn Rosebush
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BackpackingGreat!

Got to camp at the lake for like 5 days while the trail was closed. I miss the water. It was hip deep snow in many places in June last year.

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Cynthia Borouski Ulisnyak
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HikingGreat!

Awesome hike. We continued on past Bourgeau Lake to Harvey Pass. Incredible views including a valley of golden larch past the 3rd lake.

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Dianne Vee
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HikingGreat!

Fabulous day! Poles highly recommend. And layers for sure. Through the trees we needed the extra layers, but into the sunshine we were t shirts. Right to the top of Harvey Pass.....amazing views, sun was shining.....including lunch and a few photo ops, 8 hours! 5 Up and 3 Down. Would do it again in a heart beat.

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Barb Harlow
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views. Lakes and waterfalls. It’s a tough hike but worth it!

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Tom Melvin
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Hiking

Loved it!

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Julie Spindler
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Hiking

Great day, amazing weather for Oct. 3. Long hike, larger than All Trails shows. We had three All Trails app running, distance recorded 21.4 - 22.2 km. Five on longer than the 17.6 All Trails shows.

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Tamara B.
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HikingGreat!
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Chris Germain
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Franco Barry
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Elaine Gentleman
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The trail was very well marked the whole way. Beautiful lakes and views all around. Once at the pass the view of the valley is astounding with larches and amazing mountains. It’s pretty steady up the whole way, but not to steep anywhere. It snowed the whole way up today and snow was collecting especially past the first lake.

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Martin Beaudoin
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Kennedy Werre
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HikingGreat!

Great trail with excellent views! It’s a leg burner that’s for sure.

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Shelby Betzema
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HikingGreat!

Amazing. Great views. Plenty of lakes and a waterfall. Quite windy at the saddle today. Good steep incline. A leg burner for sure

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Cheryl Williams
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HikingGreat!
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Kevin Griffiths
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Hiking

Fantastic hike! Beautiful scenery, excellent conditions!

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John Mcleavy
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Hiking

great trail. Well graded switchbacks and a beautiful waterfall half way up.

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Navin Navin Patel
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Vik Mahal
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail ... went till the lake ... gradual elevation and a fabulous hike ...

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Scott Paisley
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jacqueline jenkins
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HikingGreat!

Did this hike yesterday with my dog and went to the peak, 24km return with 1450m elevation gain. It is my favorite peak I have done so far because the trail is in good condition, 3 lakes and a couple streams for the dog and I to get water (I always bring water treatment tabs just in case I need to use the lakes/streams!) and a great workout. We went pretty fast, alot of jogging with several breaks for dog to have food water but finished in 5 hours.

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Frances Greening
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HikingGreat!

Great hike!! 2 hours 50 going up and 2 hours 20 going down. Views were incredible from the pass

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Stephen Leung
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HikingGreat!

Good gets tough the last 2km You can see BC at the top

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Aleksandra Zelic
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Absolutely amazing hike! So many beautiful litlle lakes! We finished in 6 hr! Well worth it!

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Cara P
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HikingGreat!

Lots of switch backs in between trees for a long period but once you are out of tree runs the view on the way and on the top is magnificent!

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Teegan Armstrong
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Jeff Aarts
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning views at the top. Lots of horse flies as well. Encountered a bear on the trail down approx. 2km from the parking lot. So happy to have bear spray and did not have to use it.

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Britta Kristensen
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Outstanding alpine views from Bourgeau Lake to Harvey Pass. We got the last spot in the parking lot at 9:30am on a Sunday morning.

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Leanne MacMurchy
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Gwen Hovey
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HikingGreat!

Big love for this hike!!! Hiked on August 10 - we started about 7:30-8am, only ones in the parking lot! Cold, windy & shady weather for almost the whole ascent, but that meant no bugs! Took us about 1h45 to get to Bourgeau Lake, and about 45/50 minutes to get up to the pass -- infinitely worth the extra hard work on the ascent, views are amazing!!! Make sure you have a windbreaker though!

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Jen Klo
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HikingBugsScramble

We arrived at 9:30 and parked in the last available parking spot. The trail is very well demarcated and maintained. We arrived to lake Bourgeau and initially thought of turning back, but in the end decided to keep on going. Glad we did. The views of the lakes higher up were definitely worth the extra effort. Took us 6h overall. Ditto on the bug spray. Tonnes of mosquitos.

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