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    Bear Lake Trail

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    2.9 km
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    49 m
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    Bear Lake Trail

    The ​​Bear Lake Trail makes for the ultimate summer-ready, family-friendly adventure. On a sizzling summer day, head to this short but sweet trail and circumnavigate a wild lake before picking a spot on the 460 m stretch of sandy beach to spend the rest of the day. Enjoy the picnic tables, firepits, and motorboat-free water.

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    Route Description for Bear Lake Trail

    The Bear Lake hike makes for a fantastic day-trip getaway from Prince George—or you can make a few days out of it by booking a spot at the Crooked River Provincial Park Campground. Enjoy the short circumnavigation around the lake before spending the rest of the day relaxing on the sandy beach. Do note that dogs aren’t allowed in the day-use area and must be kept on a leash at all times on the trail.

    Setting out from the car park, head directly to the lake and follow Bear Lake Trail to walk around it. You can go in either direction, but our route takes you left. This trail hugs the lake until it takes you back to the parking lot. However, you can always extend your hike by following the Bear Lake Trail veering away from the lake and connecting with the Crooked River Trail. You can create your own adventure!

    After, pull out a picnic and enjoy a day at the lake, where you can kayak, canoe, float, or relax on the sandy beach.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I swim at Bear Lake?

    Yes, you can swim at Bear Lake! It is a great spot for a refreshing swim during the summer.

    Can I bring my dog to the beach at Bear Lake?

    Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in the day-use area, but you can bring them with you on your walk.

    Can I go kayaking and canoeing at Bear Lake?

    Yes, you can! However, motorboats are not allowed on Bear Lake.

    Insider Hints for Bear Lake Trail

    • Bring a bathing suit, picnic, towel and make a day out of your excursion to Bear Lake.
    • Book a frontcountry camping spot at Crooked River Provincial Park Campground.
    • The day-use and picnic area sits along the north side of the lake.
    • Those with kids may want to spend the day at the south shore, where there’s an adventure playground.
    • There are toilets here!

    Getting to the Bear Lake Trail Trailhead

    The Bear Lake Trail starts from the Crooked River Provincial Park Campground.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Frontcountry camping at the Crooked River Provincial Park Campground

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    • Pets allowed

      On-leash, but not allowed in the day-use area

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