Glacier Lake

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16.9 km
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320 m
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The relatively flat Glacier Lake trail is commonly used by backpackers; however, it makes for an excellent day hike. Whether you are travelling the entirety of the Icefields Parkway or just looking to add a scenic drive to your hike, this is a great hike.

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Route Description for Glacier Lake

The well-signed Glacier Lake trail is primarily used by backpackers, which minimizes the general traffic along the trail. Leave the parking lot and join the obvious trail at the trail sign. Begin hiking through the forest for roughly 2.0 km before coming to a bridge over the North Saskatchewan River, where you will begin to see some views.

Continue on the trail, catching glimpses of the Howse River and surrounding peaks as you pass by some clearings. About 1km before reaching the lake, you will need to climb a hill gaining roughly 200 m before descending to Glacier Lake. Enjoy the amenities at the campsite by the lake before turning back.

Getting to the Glacier Lake Trailhead

To get to Glacier Lake, travel along the Icefields Parkway northbound from Lake Louise. Continue for 75.0 km to the Saskatchewan River Crossing. You will pass a highway junction for Highway 11, roughly 1.0 km before the trailhead. The Glacier Lake trailhead is well-signed and located on your left 1km past the junction.

Route Information

  • When to do


  • Backcountry Campsites

    Glacier Lake Gl9

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage


  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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