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Tonquin Valley Hike

Canada's premiere alpine destination with beautiful lakes


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The Tonquin Valley in Jasper National Park is located on the border between Alberta and British Columbia. It is also traversed with the Continental divide along the South Jasper Range. The area named after Pacific Fur Company ship Tonquin is home to two stunning Amethyst lakes and Moat Lake. Hikers can spot here moose, grizzly, black bears, and rare woodland caribou. Camping on the shores of Amethyst Lake is the most popular option to spend the night in the wild. There is also Astoria Campsite near the trailhead, and an Alpine Club of Canada hut.

Astoria and Portal are two major trailheads to access Tonquin Valley. There is also access via the Meadow Creek trail that is used less often. There are plenty of trails for the pleasure of skiers and hikers. Maccarib Pass, with an outstanding outlook of the mountains, is a highlight of the hiking in the valley. Also, day trips into the Eremite Valley and Moat Lake are quite popular.

Astoria Creek trailhead is typically open mid-June through mid-October. Still, the best time for camping and hiking in the area is late summer, namely late August and early September. If you go earlier, your problem will be mosquitos, but those who visit later will have lower temperatures and aggressive animals during rut season.

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