Glacier Canada – Asulkan Valley Hike and Camping

Although the clouds skewed the big views we were hoping for in Glacier National Park Canada, the Asulkan Valley Trail ended up being one of my favorite hikes I’ve done. You don’t hear about Canadian Glacier like you do US Glacier, so it’s  less crowded, which is a nice change. Since it’s still located in British Columbia, the foliage is temperate rainforest, which makes it stunning. The Asulkan Valley Trail is a moderate 8.5 mile roundtrip hike that can be turned into an overnight backpacking adventure by renting the Asulkan Cabin at the top. The trail is pretty easy until after the 2ish mile mark when you start a steep descent up a ridge for the rest of the way. It’s a good workout, but very manageable. Dogs also are allowed, but must be kept on leash. The trail itself passes through miles of lush valley and waterfalls. At one point, we were surrounded by waterfalls cascading through rainforest on all sides. It ends in a valley surrounded by peaks and glaciers. All around one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve done, despite the big views most people go to see being skewed by clouds.

Glacier National Park Canada Asulkan Valley Hike
Hike through Asulkan Valley in Glacier National Park, Canada.

 

Glacier National Park Canada Asulkan Valley Hike Views
More views from the hike through Asulkan Valley in Glacier Canada.

 

Glacier National Park Canada Asulkan Valley Hike River
Asulkan Valley hike in Glacier National Park, Canada.

 

Glacier National Park Canada Asulkan Valley Hike Ridge
Hike up the long, steep ridge after the halfway mark of the Asulkan Valley Trail in Glacier Canada.

 

Glacier National Park Canada Asulkan Valley Hike End of Trail
End of the Asulkan Valley Trail in Glacier Canada.

About the author

Lauren is a 'digital nomad' (for lack of a less obnoxious term) who works, lives, and travels out of her truck camper with her partner, Patrick, and dog, Odin, the one-eyed Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. She started TravelSages in the summer of 2013, and has since founded a digital marketing consultancy, called LyteYear, and a sustainability brand, called RePrint. Before moving into her tiny mobile home, Lauren lived in Chicago for 6 years, pursued two graduate degrees, studied abroad at Oxford, worked for a summer in Hong Kong, and traveled to various countries in between. She has a mildly unhealthy love of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Netflix, and breweries with good New England IPAs.

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