A Family Friendly Hike Near Nordegg
Based on a visit to the area on August 31, 2015
An easy, family friendly hike along the shores of Goldeye Lake for those looking to stretch their legs on the drive through David Thompson Country.
We would definitely recommend this trail if you’re staying at the campground or just looking to stretch your legs on the way through.
A calming forest walk
Family selfie along the lake
After a crazy summer we finally had a chance to head out for a couple days of family fun. We’d originally planned to do the second mine tour but they had closed for the season the day before. Making new plans on a lazy day we decided to head out for a short family hike. We hadn’t spent much time at Goldeye Lake before and since we’d often heard about it we decided to give it a try.
Maybe our expectations were too high but we were a little disappointed with this hike. While pleasant and a great option for an evening stroll, we found that this walk didn’t offer views or an experience as good as nearby Fish Lake.
Plan Your Adventure
Trail conditions can change quickly. The map and directions below are based on our hike in the area on August 31, 2015.
- Activity: Hike
- Distance: 2.4 km return
- Elevation Gain: ~30 m
- Challenge Level: Easy
- Family Friendly: Yes – no strollers
- Trail Type: Loop
- Trail Conditions: Good
- Season: April to October
- Congestion: Moderate
- Alternate Descriptions: The David Thompson Highway – A Hiking Guide includes a side trail to a set of falls on Black Canyon Creek along the way. The trail is also described in Nordegg Area Mountain Bike Trails by Frontier Lodge.
- Trailhead: The Goldeye Lake Provincial Recreation Area is approximately 11 km west of Nordegg and 83 east of Saskatchewan River Crossing on Highway 11. The trail starts in the day use area of the campground.
Enjoy the comfort that comes with a guide who knows the area’s trails, wildlife and terrain so that you can focus on your adventure, while the rest is taken care of.
- Management: Alberta Parks
- Protection Status: Goldeye Lake Provincial Recreation Area
- Other Trail Uses: Mountain biking
- Dogs Allowed: Yes – on leash
- Permits / Restrictions: None
- Cell Reception: Good
Head Out With A Guide
Make the most of your adventure and head out with a guide. Pursuit Adventures offers guided hikes from April to November. Get in touch with them to plan your custom adventure to Goldeye Lake.
Head Out On Your Own
Sometimes you just want to head out on your own to explore the area. We get it. Here’s the guide for the Goldeye Lake trail.
Goldeye Lake Trail
- 0.0 km | Trailhead at the day use area
- 0.3 km | Fire Guard for the Goldeye Centre
- 0.4 km | Goldeye Centre dock and stairs
- 0.6 km | Second Fire Guard
- 0.7 km | Straight at the junction with a trail merging from the right
- 0.8 km | Boardwalk across the marsh
- 1.0 km | The trail re-enters the forest
- 1.9 km | Continue on the main trail, straight ahead
- 2.0 km | Continue on the main trail, straight ahead
- 2.4 km | Back at the trailhead
The trail starts at the north east corner of the day use parking lot. Follow the hiking trail sign past the day use picnic area and into the forest.
After 300 metres the trail emerges along the lake shore. From there you will pass the fireguards that were built around the Goldeye Centre along with the stairs to the centre and their dock. They now offer canoe rentals which seemed very enticing on a warm afternoon. The Goldeye Centre is a private facility, please respect their property and stay on the trail through this section.
Shortly after the second fireguard, the trail heads into the forest. The trail merging from the right at 0.7 km leads back to the Goldeye Centre, continue straight ahead. A 100 metres later the trail emerges from the forest into the marshland. As you follow the boardwalk take a few minutes to enjoy the view and appreciate this sensitive and ecologically significant area.This is probably the best part of the hike.
From there the trail heads back into the forest, offering glimpses of the lake along the way. At 1.9 km there is a junction. The main trail is straight ahead. I believe that the trail to the right is the Goldeye – Dryhaven connector described in David Thompson Highway – A Hiking Guide. The trail to the left leads to the lake shore.
Shortly after this junction there is a bridge over the Black Canyon Creek. Stay on the main trail to return to the trailhead. The path to the right immediately after the bridge appears to lead to a set of waterfall. We’ll check it out on a future trip and update. If you’ve taken this path please let us know in the comments below.
The trail returns to the day use area next to the dock. The perfect spot to enjoy a break after your hike.
- For your safety and the protection of the area please follow trail signs, stay on the trail and respect all trail closures
- Be respectful of wildlife and familiarize yourself with wildlife safety techniques including keeping your pet on a leash and keeping your group together.
- Always use the bear proof garbage bin, keep a clean site and store your food in a bear safe fashion.
- Always be prepared when travelling outdoors.
- This area has cell phone reception. We recommend carrying an InReach on your hikes. A pay phone is available at the Goldeye Lake Campground.
- Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.
There are inherent risks in outdoor activities. Although we strive to provide accurate information and to alert you of potential dangers, trail conditions may change quickly due to weather conditions and other factors. Using the information provided on this site is entirely at your own risk and Pursuit Adventures is in no ways liable for any injuries or other damages that may be sustained by anyone using the trails or information described on this site.
Have you been to this trail? Let us know about your adventure in the comments below.