Herbert Lake - Banff National Park - Hiking Alberta

 

Herbert Lake along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Herbert Lake is a tiny slice of paradise 6 KM (3¾ miles) north of Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) in Banff National Park west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  The tiny, picturesque, mountain-surrounded lake can be easily missed if you blink, sneeze or happen to glance to the right on the ride by.  There are signs, and a picnic area just north of this surrealistic vision.  Early morning, with still air and sun from the east, is a very good time to visit.  Park safely and walk the path along the east and south shorelines with camera at the ready.  Please enjoy these photographs taken along the way to a hike from Num-Ti-Jah Lodge into Bow Glacier Falls.

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Hebert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

This tiny paradise is a popular spot for tour buses and the small area can get hectic after 8 AM during the summer.  A breeze in the afternoon is common when both the lake's reflective surface and the angle of light are compromised.  

Herbert Lake is a popular fishing location for local Lake Louise residents.  The 232 KM (144 mile) Icefields Parkway is the highest major highway in Canada and links the Village of Lake Louise in Banff National Park and the Municipality of Jasper in Jasper National Park.  The road crosses two major passes, travelling past emerald lakes and majestic mountains along the Continental Divide

Now, one of the most scenic and well traveled roads in Canada, the Icefield Parkway began its existence as a narrow gravel road, built as a make-work project between 1931 and 1940 to provide alternative employment eliminated by the Great Depression.  The Icefields Parkway was widened and paved in 1956 to 1961.  The spectacularly scenic road is hilly and curved and even though it is an excellent highway, it can be accident prone because the surrounding scenery is so stunningly beautiful, it is challenging for anyone to avoid gawking around.  When that someone becomes the driver, vehicles can end up in the ditch.

Photographs for this post were captured on June 24, 2014.  A memory for Lisa.

 

 

 

 

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Love all your posts!! I always refer back to your website before I plan on my next trip to the mountains. Thank you for always sharing your experience with us

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