Albertawow

Aylmer Junction LM8 Backcountry Campground

  Rating:    Ratings 4 Star
Sites: RV & Tent 1st Come or Reserve: Permit

 

 Location: Backcountry Campground located 8.1kms north of the Lake Minnewanka parking lot. Banff National Park.

Description: Locate the trailhead along the west shore of Lake Minnewanka, just north of the picnic area. The hike in is considered easy with a total elevation gain of 160ms. You can also ride a mountain bike right to the LM8 campground. Hikers should expect to share the trail with loads of Mountain bikers during the summer months. Follow the trail along the lakeshore until you cross the bridge over the Cascade River. Stay on the trail straight ahead of you avoiding two left and right forks. Work your way up through a spruce and lodge pole pine forest that eventually turns back east towards Lake Minnewanka. After 1km the trail opens up to views of Lake Minnewanka. In another 4.5kms you'll reach the Aylmer Pass - Aylmer Junction LM8 campground junction. You can't miss the signs here regarding Grizzly Bears and hiking in groups of 4 or more. Take these Grizzly Bear signs seriously and carry bear spray. Bear spray is mandatory here and enforced by Parks Canada. Aylmer Pass and the surrounding area is prime Grizzly Bear habitat. From 1998 to 2010 seven bear attacks have occurred in this area, two were near fatal. We safely viewed a Grizzly sow with two cubs on our outing below, see pictures. From the signed Aylmer Pass junction take the right hand trail that heads down towards Lake Minnewanka. The campground contains 12 tent sites. Some are located near the lakeshore however only a few are level. Amenities include two dry outhouses, hanging truss for safe food storage and a cooking area located south of the campsites. A backcountry camping permit is required. Lake Minnewanka has a total of 7 backcountry campsites. Night skies here rank # 4 on the Bortle Scale. See the official web site link below for fees, opening and closing dates.


Near Here: Local campgrounds include Tunnel Mountain, Tunnel Mountain, Bow River and Three Sisters Campground. Trailheads to Aylmer Lookout, Lake Minnewanka, Taylor Lake, Twin Lakes, Obrien Lake, Hoodoos Hike, Rockbound Lake, Boom Lake, Johnston Canyon, are all located near here. This is bear country, food and food related items must be stored properly.

PointerArea Map PointerOfficial Web Site

Instagram-Albertawow
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
Aylmer LM8 Backcountry Campground  
   
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
  Aylmer Junction LM8 campground
   
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
Aylmer Pass Junction  
   
   
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
Aylmer Junction LM8 campground  
   
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
  Aylmer Junction LM8 Campground Lake Minnewanka
   
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
   
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
   
   
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
Mount Inglismaldie, Mount Girouard, Lake Minnewanka Lake Minnewanka
   
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
Lake Minnewanka  
   
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
  Mount Inglismaldie, Mount Girouard, Lake Minnewanka
   
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
Mount Girouard Lake Minnewanka
   
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
Grizzly Sow Near Aylmer Lookout  
   
Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park Alymer Juntion LM8 Campground Banff National Park
Grizzly Sow And Two Cubs Near Aylmer Lookout  
   
Canada