Soar high above the glaciers, skimming near the mountain tops and over the Valley of a Thousand Falls as you fly above the Berg Lake Trail. This is it – you are at one of Canada’s most iconic landmarks.
Berg Lake and Mount Robson
The exhilarating helicopter tour to the Robson Pass drop zone is no match for the jaw-dropping scenery that comes into view, especially when you spot the mesmerizing colour of Berg Lake for the first time. Summit over the pass, touch down and disembark for a short time, to explore the Valley of a Thousand Falls, Emperor Falls and Berg and Kinney lakes, before clamouring aboard the helicopter for your return trip with Robson HeliMagic.
Berg Lake sits in the shadow of Mount Robson, which, at 3,954 m (12,972 ft), is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Avid outdoorsmen and women have long been drawn to this place. They come to hike, camp and heli-tour in this land created ages ago by moving glaciers.
From your bird’s eye view, follow along the worn Berg Trail that winds some 22 kms (14 mi) each way. It gains 800 metres (2,624 ft) in elevation from its base at the mouth of the Robson River to the quiet, still shores of Berg Lake.
Once you land you may decide to hike the trail or simply be content with knowing you’ve seen what very few humans ever will.
Soar high above the valley and witness a wild almost beyond imagination. Pack your tent and get ready to explore this raw and rugged land. You’ll step out of your helicopter near the edge of an aquamarine lake of icy, cold water. It’s like being on top of the world, and you almost are! Your helicopter takes off, its rotors beat their distant retreat. You can’t help but be humbled by your surroundings. Stately Mount Robson looms over your shoulder, the toe of the Berg Glacier dipping into its namesake lake.
Hike Down from the Rockies Highest Peak
It’s just you, your backpack, and a pair of well-worn hiking boots now. You’ve made it near the top of the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Set out on your adventure on an epic hike down through the alpine. You’ll pass thundering waterfalls, hike through tranquil forests, and then find yourself at the mouth of the Robson River.
This is no ordinary walk in the woods. This is a Rocky Mountain high, North Thompson Valley style. You’ll hike through three different biogeoclimatic zones as you wind your way along the easy to maneuver path. Take your time — there’s no race to the end.
Camping on the Mountain
If you’re planning on taking more than a day to hike down, you’ll want to make a campsite reservation in advance of your trip. Some sites offer reservations up to four months in advance of your arrival.
Just remember; you are not alone here. There’s an entire community of wildlife that lives in amongst the trees. Listen for hooting gray owls and watch the mountain side for agile mountain goats. Don’t forget the protector of the land — the black bear.
Do you have what it takes to do the full Berg Lake trail? It’s a 44 km (23 mi) return trip by foot. This wilderness trail climbs a quad-burning 800 m (2,624 ft) to the heart of Mount Robson Provincial Park.
Get Your Nature Fix
Whether it’s a memory you wish to keep for your own or a photo you wish to share, this is where magnificent memories are made. Capture in your mind’s eye the unrivalled scenery as you walk along. There are glacial lakes gleaming like jewels in the sun and wildflowers in full bloom bursting with colour. Stop and soak up the sun at tumbling waterfalls with trembling outpours. Gaze upwards to the commanding Mount Robson, that stands as protector over the valley.
Take your time, there are campsites along the way. All campsites along the Berg Lake Trail can now be reserved.
Go Even Further!
If you’re an intrepid trekker, you can hike well past Berg Lake and into Jasper National Park. It’s a seven-day expedition and the hike of a lifetime.