Hector Lake

Banff, Alberta

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A short day hike - with a major river ford - to the shores of a large, glacier-fed lake in the Bow Valley, just west of the Icefields Parkway, about 11 miles (18 km) north of the junction with the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park. Highlights include fishing, fording the Bow River, views of the Waputik Range and Balfour Pass. This hike is down in the valley below the Continental Divide, but is one of the more interesting rambles in the area, offering views of the divide and surrounding peaks.

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"A short day hike - with a major river ford - to the shores of a large, glacier-fed lake in the Bow Valley, just west of the Icefields Parkway, about 11 miles (18 km) north of the junction with the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park.

Highlights include fishing, fording the Bow River, views of the Waputik Range and Balfour Pass. This hike is down in the valley below the Continental Divide, but is one of the more interesting rambles in the area, offering views of the divide and surrounding peaks."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Banff
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best July through September
Local Contacts: Banff National Park (403) 762-1500
Local Maps: Banff National Park; Hector Lake 82 N/9
Driving Directions: Directions to Hector Lake

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May 2018