Kootenay National Park: Floe Lake (3 days / 21 km)

Floe Lake Backpacking Trail

Floe Lake is a beautiful backcountry campground located in Kootenay National Park. The stunning mountains, clear blue alpine lake, and meadows full of wildflowers make it one of my personal favourites in all of Canada! This backpackers paradise is part of the Rockwall Trail and is accessible from the Floe Lake trailhead on Highway 93. We hiked in for a two-night stay at The Floe Lake Campground and it did not disappoint!

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Floe Lake Trailhead

Ending Point: Floe Lake Trailhead

Total Distance: 21.4 km

Elevation Gain: 959 m

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Difficulty: Intermediate


The Floe Lake Trailhead is located in Kootenay National Park. If you are coming from Calgary or Banff you will most likely be turning off the 1A Highway at Castle Junction. From there, it's about 25 minutes to the trailhead on Highway 93.

Traditional Territory: The Floe Lake trail is located on the traditional territory of the Niitsítpiis-stahkoii (Blackfoot / Niitsítapi) and Ktunaxa ɁamakɁis (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: N/A

Map: All Trails - Floe Lake (Note: With the paid version of All Trails, you can download the topographical map for this route)

Campsite Reservation: Reservations can be made through Parks Canada. When you book, you are reserving a spot at Flow Lake Campground, however, the specific tent spots are first-come-first-serve among those with reservations.

Outfitters & Shuttles

A shuttle is not necessary as the trail starts and ends in the same parking lot. We did not use an outfitter for this trip - I am not aware of any that go to this area.

Trip Report

Day 1: Trailhead to Floe Lake (9.5 km)

We left Calgary after work on Friday at around 4 pm, putting us at the trailhead for about 6:15 pm. Luckily for us, the sun doesn't set until 10 pm in July which gave us just enough time to get to the campground before dark. 

The first section of the trail is very...

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