Boundary Lake Trail

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2.9 km
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121 m
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Boundary Lake Trail

The easy Boundary Lake trail lies between Mount Hilda and Mount Athabasca along the Icefields Parkway. Being close to the central Icefields Discovery Centre makes this trail an accessible stop when taking a trip along the scenic 93N. A relaxed walk through the woods will get you to Boundary Lake in no time.

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Route Description for Boundary Lake Trail

To reach the Boundary Lake Trail, follow the trail from the west side of the parking lot that leads to a meadow. The trail joins a gravel road that is a defunct Jasper Highway. Follow this for 400 m and enter a forest.

Continue through the forest until you reach the shores of Boundary Lake. This lake is fed by the runoff from the Boundary Glacier, thus giving it a pristine turquoise colour. This is also an access point for climbers on the northeast face of Athabasca. Enjoy the solitude at this quiet lake before returning the way you came.

Getting to the Boundary Lake Trail Trailhead

Boundary Lake Trail lies at the border of Banff and Jasper National Parks. The trail begins at an unmarked trailhead. Drive 4.4 km south of the Icefields Discovery Centre and park in the lot on your right. The trail begins from the west side of this parking lot.

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  • Backcountry Campsites


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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