Tonquin Valley

Backpack in one of the most exceptional scenic backcountry and wildlife-rich areas in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park. Enjoy stunning scenery along Astoria River, Tonquin Valley lakes and Rampart peaks, Moat Lake, Eremite Valley and more on hikes from camps into spectacular mountain valley and passes. Plan a leisurely to moderate pace for opportunities to study nature and take photographs.

on the trail

Day hike options from camp include Amethyst Lakes, Clitheroe Peak, Moat Lake, Tonquin Hill, Majestic Peak, Eremite Valley to Arrowhead Lake, and more.  Photo opportunities abound from sunrise to sunset for beautiful reflections, glaciated peaks including the towering Ramparts, a series of ten peaks rising 3,000 feet from Tonquin Valley meadows, cascading streams, lakes, abundant wildflowers, and wildlife sightings and sounds--caribou, moose, grizzly bear, white-tailed deer, wolves, pika, loons, passerines and more.


  • Guidebook: Canadian Rockies Trail Guide 9th ed by Brian Patton & Bart Robinson (Summerthought Publishing 2011)
  • Guidebook: Jasper-Robson: A Taste of Heaven by Don Beers (Heritage House 2003)
  •  Backcountry  camping permits and fees are required to reserve camps. 
  • Elevated food storage is available at camps in the valley.

information for leaders

Considerations for international travel

  • Start by reviewing the latest regulations.
  • Everyone will need a passport or other valid ID such as a NEXUS card.
  • NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one.
  • Make sure your vehicle insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Make sure your health insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Border crossing regulations are strict in both directions. Know what you’re allowed to take and declare everything to avoid problems.
  • You may be able to save time by checking alternate border crossings. Find apps that show updated times and other good tips.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
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  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 40.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,000 ft
  • 7,200 ft
  • Land Manager: Jasper National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • CNTS Jasper 83D/16
  • CNTS Amethyst Lakes 83D/9
  • Trails Illustrated Jasper National Park South

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