In this photograph, you see the reflection of Mount Temple on Herbert Lake. The lake is a small glacial lake located on the Icefields Parkway, which is on the left side on your way from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park. The lake is generally overlooked on this highway as you pass it not long after the park gates. Meaning its location, combined with its more famous surroundings, is usually quieter throughout the summer. It is a gorgeous lake with stunning views of the sky-scraping peaks. It is beautiful any time but visits early in the morning to get the landscape’s full beauty. At this time of the day, the lake is calm, and the scenery reflects off the lake. While at the lake, you can hike the 1.6 km loop around Herbert Lake. Typically considered an easy route, it takes an average of 30 minutes to complete. The trail is open year-round; however, May through October are the best times to visit.
- Watch sunset or sunrise
- Go for a swim or jump off the diving board.
- Canoe on the lake
- Kayak on lake
- Paddleboard on lake
- Hike around lake
The mountain reflecting off of Herbert Lake in the photograph is Mount Temple. “It is the most sought-after objective in Banff as it’s probably the highest peak you can safely summit without any mountaineering experience or equipment,” says Elite Jetsetter. It is a very popular hike in Banff National Park, so you will likely see friendly faces while on the trail. The trail is 15.13km long and open year-round. It is difficult for most hikers and takes 8-10 hours to complete.