Mount Robson Provincial Park and Protected Area

Mount Robson Provincial Park and Protected Area

Mount Robson Provincial Park and Protected Area
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Mount Robson Provincial Park and Protected Area features 3 campgrounds (Meadows, Rivers, and Lucerne), a beautiful newly redesigned Visitor Centre, the world famous Berg Lake Trail, and countless hikes, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and mountains in the Rocky Mountains. Part of the Rocky Mountain World UNESCO Heritage site, Mount Robson is located on Hwy 16 between Tete Jaune Cache and Jasper National Park.
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Naureen O
Edmonton, Canada1 contribution
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Jul 2022 • Couples
Unless you want to camp nestled between highway 16 and a CN rail train do not camp in mount robson, Lucerne! The BC Parks website does not specify that the campground is on a highway and that a train runs behind the lake of the campground. We were supposed to stayed at lucerne campground for 3 nights but left early due to how noisy it was. Also, barely any trees between you and campsites around you and the site has terrible potholes.
Written July 24, 2022
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Solodam J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands34,940 contributions
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May 2019
Mt. Robson Provincial Park is a very big area. It begins from Valemount by the River Fraser to Jasper. There is so many beautiful sites to visit such as Rearguard Falls, Moose Lake, Yellowhead Lake, Mt. Fitzwilliam and others or taking the trails in those areas. It's a nice park to visit. And of course not forgetting enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Robson.
Written March 28, 2020
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Rob
BC475 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Family
I have made a number of trips to "Mt Robson" and have done the Berg Lake Trail 4 times, this review is specific to the Berg Lake Trail.
You can take a part day and hike from the Mt Robson Visitor's center to Kinney Lake, it is a relatively easy hike and it is spectacular. Equally beautiful (maybe even more so) is the the remainder of the trail from Kinney Lake to Berg lake. There are some very steep sections so plan well. The trip can easily be broken up into sections as there are a number of spots to camp along the way. One of the less strenuous ways to do the trip is to pack in from the visitor's center to Whitehorn Camp and spend the night there, then the following day make the trek up to Berg Lake, Robson Pass or Rearguard campgrounds (Berg Lake camp is the more popular one). You will likely have extra time at the end of each of those days to explore further or kick back and relax.

For a seasoned hiker or backpacker, a long day hike will get you in to the upper campgrounds, it is 22km from the visitor center to Berg Lake with an elevation gain of approx 2585'. The concentration of the elevation gain is between Whitehorn and just past Emperor Falls (The falls are only a 2 min walk from the sign on the trail and well worth it) where the trail climbs 1800' in 5kms. The hike out can be done in one day as well even for the less experienced - but be prepared, it will be a long walk out and you might be dog tired and will you likely have achy feet by the time you get down.

I have done the trip both ways that I have mentioned above and each has it's advantages, I have also hiked it with other experienced backpackers as well as with my 12 yr old daughter, no matter how you do it, if you enjoy the mountains and wilderness, you will enjoy your time (just make sure you give yourself enough time).

From the upper campgrounds (Berg lake, Rearguard or Robson Pass), there are many possibilities for places to go. Snowbird pass is one I would highly recommend if you have the time, it is a day trip from the camps but it is well worth it! Other great choices are Mumm Basin and Toboggan Falls, this can also be done as a circuit, with the Mumm Basin trail starting at Robson Pass and returning at Berg Lake as you come down the Toboggan Falls trail (or vice versa).

If you are able, allow yourself a few days to explore the area, especially if you are from further away, you will not regret it. If you are planning a trip during the summer months it is best to book well in advance to ensure you can get camping spots, all camping is restricted to the campgrounds and all tents must be on tent pads. Booking for Berg Lake opens January 2 on the BC Parks / discover camping website.

This is a world class park and attracts thousands of visitors each year, a personal plea; please pack out what you pack in - even the smallest bits of trash - we all thank you for doing it! There are no trash cans along the trail, this is wilderness, come prepared and if you bring it in, you take it out. Hiking to Kinney Lake can be done in a good pair of supportive shoes (running shoes, hiking shoes etc) but beyond this point, if at all possible you should wear hiking boots or at the very least a hiking shoe that has lots of support.
Again, this is wilderness and there are treacherous sections along the trail (after Kinney lake), use caution and respect the power of the mountains. This is a spectacular trip. Feel free to message me if you have any questions or comments.
Other notes:
-Food MUST be stored in the proper food cache's - there are bear proof lockers provided for this at most of the campgrounds
-Stay on the trail, thousands of people venture out here so if everyone stays on the trail it will lessen our impact on the surrounding environment.
-Use outhouses not the bushes - that's what they are there for.
-Respect other hikers and share the trail
Written October 15, 2014
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sonybalony
Minot, ND139 contributions
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If the day is sunny, rare for this part of the world, you cannot miss Mount Robson – it’s the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. I booked a helicopter to drop my dog and I off past Berg Lake (on the north face of Mount Robson), and we hiked back to my car on the very well-known and popular Berg Lake Trail, 13.5-miles all downhill. Wow. Still can’t believe we did this. I can now cross heli-hiking and Berg Lake Trail off my bucket list.

There was some confusion whether my dog was allowed on Berg Lake Trail. After a number of phone calls, with the helicopter service talking to the park service, I was able to book her with the stipulation dogs were not permitted on any overnight trips on this trail, and she had to be leashed at all times. No problem. In 2009 helicopter landings were only permitted at Robson Pass two days per week (Mon and Fri). The pilot didn’t look a day over 20-yrs; the helicopter seated 4 and looked very new. We flew over the toe of Berg Glacier. So cool. The sight of Berg Glacier flowing from the Mount Robson summit down to the lake was WOW. Berg Lake is quite large and it took an hour of hiking along its shore to get around it. Unbelievable. The lake had no bergs that I saw. An hour into the hike we saw a ranger who thanked me for having my dog on a leash.

On the hike down you encounter over a dozen glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, foot bridges, switchbacks, raging rivers, and unbelievable scenery. Like many hikes in well-used parks, you will be walking on lots of rocks and roots. So many web sites say Berg Lake Trail is one of the most spectacular destinations in the Canadian Rockies and one of the best day hikes in North America. It’s up there.
Written October 21, 2009
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travelhound3
Pittsboro, NC108 contributions
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Sep 2011 • Couples
If you want to see the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, you must go to Mt. Robson. We loved the Berg Lake Trail. We only went as far as Kinney Lake which was about 4.2km one way. This is very different hike than many in Banff and Jasper, which are more arid. Robson Provincial Park is like a mini rain forest. It is very moist and much of the flora and fauna are covered in moss. The hike is very pleasant as you follow a crystal clear river and see waterfalls on your way to and from the lake. Kinney Lake is very beautiful and is also clear blue water. If you have the time and want to spend the night in the Park, you can continue on to Berg Lake which I hear is even more beautiful than Kinney Lake.
Written September 26, 2011
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Ricky_111618
London, UK34 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Couples
I have to say that out of all the amazing places we stopped during a three-weeks trip through the Rockies (and even down to Glacier National Park in Montana), Mount Robson was one of our favourites. It's our biggest regret that we didn't plan a longer stay and have time for more hiking. We walked to Lake Kinney and back, which took a few hours. I had read online about this hike before but I don't think other reviews do it justice...

The walk winds through beautiful forest alongside a raging river, with astonishing views of Robson peak between the trees. After a couple of hours or so you come to an opening and river-crossing and for the first time see the amazing blue colour of the water. But that doesn't even match the view you than have of Lake Kinney - for sure one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen, and I mean that sincerely. We walked along the lake to the campsite and even went for a couple of dips in the water (cold but amazing). If I could go back for sure I'd complete the entire hike to the other side of Robson, which would take two/three days. I can't state it enough - you have to see this place!
Written August 22, 2014
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Brett Hornby
Calgary, Canada108 contributions
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This area is one of my favourite places in the world. Being located west of Jasper National Park in British Columbia, it's a stunning place to see especially on a clear day. Of course you see Mount Robson, and understand it's rare to see the top, but the surrounding area is great to see as well. Other sites I like to see is Moose Lake, Yellowhead Pass, and Mount Fitzwilliam. It's all stunning to see on the Yellowhead Highway #16 through British Columbia. The Berg Lake trail at the Mount Robson visitors centre (about 80km west of the Alberta border) is what I highly recommend to do in the park. You get to see what behind and around Mount Robson. You can see the north face of Mount Robson if you want to do a day hike with an overnight stay that requires registeration at the visitors centre. I made it to Kinney Lake, and Whitehorn on the Berg Lake trail, and it's an adventure for everyone if you decide to do the hike. This is the farthest I can go for one day, and not really the outdoor camping type. Plan on doing a heli-tour sometime to see the Berg Lake at the north face of Mount Robson. The nearest town to the park is Valemount, British Columbia. Being from Calgary, Alberta the visitors centre is a 6.5 hour drive and it's a nice place to see after heading into the Canadian Rockies through Banff and Jasper National Parks via highway #1 and then highway #93. I feel like a kid in the candy store when in this area, and now plan of making this my annual summer vacation with a stay in Valemount, British Columbia.
Written September 26, 2010
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Rob
BC475 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Family
I have made numerous trips up to Berg Lake over the last 20 years (and beyond) in Mt Robson Park and it is truly one of the most beautiful places I have backpacked, despite how busy it is!

Many people think it is a quick in-and-out hike but it is not, depending on what it is that you would like to do, there are many options. The round trip from the Trail Head to Berg Lake camp is 42km, too far for a day hike, but there are many other choices. Please feel free to message me if you would like any more info on hiking and backpacking here or any tips on this gorgeous trip.

Day hike Kinney Lake
If you only have a day to hike, you can typically get from the visitor info center at Mt Robson through to Kinney lake campground and back again. It would take about 4 hours round trip (14km round trip) but will depend upon your hiking speed and fitness level. The trail from the trailhead to the bridge at the outlet of Kinney Lake is very wide and 'rolling' with only one steep section close to the beginning. From the bridge to the Kinney camp it is a little narrower, double and single width (mostly double) with one more semi steep uphill involved. It is approximately 5km from the trailhead to the bridge and a further 2km (approx) from the bridge to Kinney camp. I have seen many who will hike as far as Whitehorn camp or even up to Emperor Falls before heading back, this is a much longer trip for a day hike than most people can can do.

Berg Lake Multi day backpacking
There are many options for getting the most out of your Berg Lake backpacking trip, most of it time and fitness dependant. It is 21km (ONE WAY) from the trailhead to Berg Lake and there are 3 long, steep, uphill sections, unless you are a seasoned backpacker (or a glutton for punishment) it is best to go in taking two days. The most popular midway camp is Whitehorn, many people pack into Whitehorn on the first day and then head off to Berg Lake Camp (or Robson Pass, Rearguard or Marmot camps the next day. Robson Pass is 23km from the TH or 12km from Whitehorn, Rearguard is 22km from the TH or 11km from Whitehorn and Marmot is 19km from the TH or 8km from Whitehorn.

Berg Lake is the most popular camp on the trail as it is right on the edge of Berg Lake and you have a view of both Berg Glacier and Mist Glacier as well as Mt Robson and Rearguard Mountain. Berg Camp is also the best spot to head ot from for the variuos day hikes that can be done; Snowbird Pass (a long and somewhat steep day trip following Robson Glacier on some challenging terrain to Coleman Glacier), Toboggan Falls, Hargreave Lake and Mumm Basin. There is also the possibility of crossing into Jasper Nat Park and doing a section of the Moose River Route (extremely remote).

From any of the upper camps (Berg, Marmot, Robson or Rearguard) you could hike out all the way in one day, a very long day but it is quite manageable with some breaks (and hopefully a much lighter backpack by then). It takes us approximately 6 to 7 hours from Berg to TH.

This is a very beautiful place, if you love this sort of thing and can spend an extra day or two up at Berg Lake, it is well worth it, our trip s are typically 4 to 5 days and it never feels like its long enough.

Book your trip early! The campsites are limited and are only available by reservation, if you want to backpack and camp along the Berg Lake trail you must reserve. They have recently changed the reservation opening date for the 2017 season to October 2016

Good luck and enjoy the park! Feel free to message me if you would like more info or have questions.
Written August 12, 2016
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Claire
Calgary825 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Couples
We are from relatively nearby and have been avid campers for over 40 years, yet somehow we have never made it to Mount a Robson Provincial Park until now. This park is a treasure. Admittedly during our three day visit in mid August we did luck out with the weather. It was glorious --near cloudless, sunny, and with temperatures in the high 20's to low 30's Celsius range. The clear weather is apparently not always typical in this area which has a rainier climate and with vegetation and flora that is more typical of the west coast. It allowed for unrestricted and beautiful views of Mount Robson.

We tented in the Robson Meadows Campground which boasts beautiful treed sites throughout. For two of the three days, the campground was ridiculously uncrowded, something we found most unusual in the midst of August on a gorgeous day. We did not have reservations (this particular campground has some reservable sites but many operate on a 'first come first serve' basis), yet we had ample spots to choose from, even though we arrived around 6 pm on a Monday. We suspected that the lack of crowds had something to do with the lack of close proximity to a more 'major' area such as Jasper or Banff but this is something that we were completely undeterred by. In did fill up more on the third day and was apparently completely full the weekend before which was the long weekend. There are two buildings with free showers and plenty of 'outhouses' throughout the camp which, for such facilities, were surprisingly easy on the nose and well maintained. The nearby (walkable) visitors center has plenty of basic amenities.

There are spectacular hikes in the area which, for many visitors such as ourselves, is really the main draw. We did the 10 loop which takes visitors down to the lovely Overlander Falls and up to the lookout, the latter being a bit of a tough uphill slough but well worth the views. Once you arrive at the top, there is a little bench overlooking a panoramic view across the valley and down to the Fraser River. Great place to stop for lunch. However, there is a small segment of continuation on the trail which takes you over to the other side which affords fantastic views of Mount Robson on a clear day,

Much has been written by other reviewers and elsewhere about the famous Berg Trail and I can simply concur with the many superlatives. My husband and I set out by 8 am with the plan that we would simply go 'as far as we were comfortable' for a day hike. We made it about 12 kilometers or rather, to the far end of the valley about a kilometer past the lovely Whitehorn campground where apparently the going gets tough for about 4 kilometers. Up until that point, despite an uphill stretch past the alluvial plain at the end of the lake to get to the campground, I would say that this was a relatively easy 12 kilometers. Much of the initial trail follows the roaring Robson River which then follows around the beautiful lake. Indeed, this first section of the Berg a Trail can be covered on mountain bikes, which many people seemed to be taking advantage of. It is also an excellent trail for children and if one is able to make it at least as far as we did, there is a clever and secure suspension bridge that needs to be crossed in order to cross over the river into the Whitehorn Campground which I'm sure young people would enjoy. Our consensus at the end of the 24 kilometer, 6-7 hour day was twofold: first, that it is a beautiful hike whether you walk down the path for 15 minutes or the entire way and second, that we will definitely return, prepared to immerse ourselves in the full experience with a three day backpack trip to the lake.
Written August 14, 2014
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smcken2
Chicago, IL44 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Couples
We camped near the visitor center at Mount Robson. We did a hike through a forest to Kinney Lake! This is the most beautiful lake we saw during our 10 days in Alberta and British Columbia! Just breathtaking and the hike is very doable!!
Written July 8, 2017
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