Explore Mount Robson — the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies where waterfalls, glacial lakes, wildflowers and wildlife draw you in.
A Giant Among Giants
Old growth forests, deafening waterfalls and wildflower meadows mingle with steep climbs and dramatic descents at Mount Robson Provincial Park. There are great hiking and camping opportunities at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Elevation changes means you might experience each of the four seasons, sometimes in a single day.
Catch sight of mule and whitetail deer as they roam unhindered through the forest, which is also home to mountain goat and even grizzly bears. Take your time, camp under the stars and meet new friends along the way. People come from around the world to experience the epic hike to Berg Lake.
An Impressive History
The first inhabitants of the Robson Valley called it “Yuh-hai-has-kun,” or “The Mountain of the Spiral Road,” for its layered appearance. Mount Robson’s colossal, snow-capped peak has put visitors in a state of awe for centuries. There is not a soul who passes through this valley without giving reverence to this pinnacle at 3,954 m (12,972 ft). Mount Robson Provincial Park is the second oldest park in the province. At the heart of this protected area are the headwaters and the first 100 km (60 mi) the largest salmon producing river in the world: the Fraser River. It begins as an icy trickle here in the park before flowing 1,378 km (856 mi) to the Pacific Ocean.
Book a tour of Berg Lake. and arrive at the top in style in a helicopter. Drink in the sights of the Valley of a Thousand Falls, Emperor Falls and Berg and Kinney lakes. Watch in awe as the glaciers calf into the turquoise waters of the lake. The helicopter tour is done by noon. The ride up makes it easy for hikers of all ages and fitness levels to explore the alpine and appreciate the spectacular views.
Nature Up Close and Personal
Forget about looking at nature shows on television. Grab some binoculars and watch majestic creatures, big and small, go about their lives. There are over 180 species of birds here, from majestic golden eagles, to American Pipits, Hammond Flycatchers, Rufous Hummingbirds and grey Owls. There are 42 species of mammals found in the park, from the valley and wetland-loving moose, to the mountain goats in the alpine. Both black and grizzly bear make a home in the park, as do elk, deer, wolf, and coyote.
Hiking and Camping in Mount Robson Provincial Park
With a park this large it’s a given that you’ll find spectacular spaces to spend the night. Awaken your inner adventurer with a hiking and camping excursion to Berg Lake on the Berg Lake Trail. There are seven campgrounds along the way. This world renowned backcountry trail gains 800 m (2,624 ft) in 23 km (14 mi) and crosses three biogeoclimatic zones. You’ll find spectacular scenery along the trail, but few amenities. Beyond Kinney Lake, make your way into the Valley of a Thousands Falls where you’ll watch the Mist, Berg and Robson glaciers as they break off into the turquoise waters of Berg Lake. This is a popular hiking and camping destination so we recommend reserving your spot.
Mount Robson in Winter
Once the snow falls, strap on your snowshoes and explore some of the Canada’s most spectacular hiking trails. In winter, these trails become works of art as the snow falls, covering the lushness in a soundproof cocoon. Explore how seasons change the shape of the landscape as you snowshoe along Kinney Lake Trail. Work your way through the old-growth cedar and hemlock forest that follow Robson River to the lake, and when you get to the trail’s peak, stop and listen. Close your eyes and feel your heart rate slow as you experience the ultimate Canadian winter wilderness.
This is avalanche terrain starting at km 1 of the Kinney Lake trail. All users should be equipped with avalanche gear and knowledge of avalanche terrain.