After finishing Tangle Ridge and Mt. Fairview in the previous two days, we decided to do something more challenging. Well, it was not hard in terms of difficulty, but the long approach made it demanding. My parents didn’t push themselves to the limit the day before on Mt. Fairview, hence we had good energy level to conqure this mountain. The trail head is at Bourgeau Lake Parking Lot, southwest side of Trans Canada Highway, 2.5km west of the overpass of Sunshine Ski Area, in Banff National Park. The first 7.5km of the trail is mostly in the woods, with limited view. This trail leads us to Bourgeau Lake, a popular day hiker’s destination.
We rested at Bourgeau Lake for about 15min, consuming up all the berries, cause we didn’t want to encounter grizzly bears, whose favourite food is berry. The view opened up as continuing the trail to Harvey Pass. We passed one unnamed tarn on this 1.8km trail, which was more attractive than Bourgeau Lake itself. Once reached Harvey Pass, we could see the majestic Mt. Assiniboine rises above Harvey Lake.
After reaching Harvey Pass, we had to realize that it was still 3km long with 400m elevation gain to the summit of Mt. Bourgeau. However, by this point, all of the views to the west opened up. The higher we went, the greater view we could see. At the summit, looking west, the Monarch and Mt. Ball dominate the view, and we could see as far as the Bugaboos in the Columbia Mountains. Looking north, Deltaform Mtn, Hungabee Mtn, Mt. Lefroy, Mt. Temple, and Mt. Hector rise behind the Massive Range. Looking east, Cascade Mountain and Mt. Rundle act as the guards of Banff town. Sundance Range and Mt. Assiniboine dominate the view to Southeast and South, respectively. Overall the views were awesome, and it worth the effort.