1.5 hours / 4K return
Boundary Lake is located
near the Columbia Icefields, 109kms
south of the Jasper
and approximately 110kms
north of Lake Louise. This is an unmarked unofficial trail. Park on the south
side of the Icefields Parkway at the Banff Jasper National Park boundary marker.
Parking lot located approximately
13kms east of the Ice Fields visitor centre. Banff National Park.
From the west end of the parking lot, find the trail that
leads down and across the meadow.
old Jasper highway gravel road east
for a short distance looking for a well
worn trail on your right located
from where you started. Follow this trail
as it winds it way up through an old
growth pine and spruce forest until
you reach Boundary Lake. Boundary
Lake is a beautiful turquoise blue colour
created from silt off the Boundary Glacier. Views from the lakeshore towards the
north east Face of Mount Athabasca and the Boundary Glacier are stunning. I'm
not sure if the lake holds any large fish but a member in our party did see a
minnow size fish when crossing the outflow stream. Once you cross the outflow
stream near the trail on the east side of the lake you can continue on up to the
Boundary Glacier and Mount Athabasca or the ridge above the parking lot.
Climbers use this route when climbing the north east Face of Mount Athabasca.
Views leading up to the Boundary Glacier and back towards Boundary Lake are
unforgettable and well worth the effort. Do not climb up the glacier unless you
have mountaineering experience and the proper mountaineering gear.
Local campgrounds include
Icefields Centre Parking Lot,
Columbia Icefields Tents Only. There are several hikes located in this area.
Athabasca Alpine Climb,
Athabasca North Glacier,
Mountain Alpine Climb
You are in bear country.