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Bourgeau Lake Trail, Alberta

After a thousand metre elevation gain on the Bourgeau Lake trail, which consists of an upwards walk through dense forests before a wet and/or gravelly scramble, you reach Harvey Pass and the small Harvey Lake.  If conditions permit, you can make the ascent to the top of Mount Bourgeau to unbelievable views.

Or just go a bit further from Harvey Pass, and if you’re lucky and it’s autumn, get an incredible view of the larches in their full fall colours.

By all accounts, there’s nothing particularly impressive about Harvey Lake, it is just another beautiful lake among many in the Canadian Rockies.  But there was just something about the light that day, and the quietness of the trail (we were a group of eight but we only saw four others), and the stillness of that beautiful lake hidden amongst mountains that just really struck me.  I didn’t make it to the summit due to the rain and wind, but I still saw this view, among others, that suited me just fine.

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4 Comments

    • I did it in September – it’s really pretty to look down on the valley of larches in the fall once you get to the top of Harvey Pass. The elevation gain is gruelling but it’s still one of my favourite day hikes in the Banff area! And I want to do it again since I didn’t get to the Bourgeau summit last time!

      • Awesome! September is such a nice time of year for hiking – I’ll definitely have to try and do it this year.

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