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The hike to Olive Lake takes you to a beautiful emerald lake in Kootenay National Park. This hike is located only 13.0 km north of Radium Hot Springs. The trail is fully wheelchair and stroller accessible, making this hike a great place to spend time with the whole family. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables near the trail.
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Route Description for Olive Lake
The Olive Lake hike in Kootenay National Park is a great stop if you are driving the 93S highway. This is a very short hike, but just long enough for little ones, who will enjoy the pretty lake and looking for insects along the easy-to-follow trail.
This is a perfect day spot for families and a place of historical significance, though Olive Lake can tend to be quite busy. If crowds bother you then head here early or late in the day, but if you don’t mind then it is a great place to spend an afternoon.
The walk to Olive Lake is clear and after a few minute you come to a Y junction. You’ll want to explore both ways, so go either direction to start then come back and go the other direction, they both take you a little ways along the lake shore. The short interpretive loop is informative for adults and fun for kids.
You can then enjoy a nice picnic at one of the secluded tables, and the area also features a covered kitchen area with water.
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Insider Hints for Olive Lake
- If you’re at Olive Lake, it makes sense to spend some time at the nearby Radium Hot Springs.
- Technically the Olive Lake hike is open in May, however more often than not it will still be closed at that time of year due to bear activity. Check the status on the Parks Canada Bulletins page, and be sure to respect the signs and closures.
Getting to the Olive Lake Trailhead
From Radium, go East on the 93S highway to Banff for 13.0 km and look for the Olive Lake parking lot on the right.
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