Goldeye Lake Trail Guide

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A FAMILY-FRIENDLY HIKE NEAR NORDEGG

An easy hike for the whole family along the shores of Goldeye Lake for those looking to stretch their legs.

Published on September 3, 2015 | Last updated on November 2, 2022

After a crazy summer, we finally had a chance to head out for a couple of 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.

We would definitely recommend this trail if you’re staying at the campground or just looking to stretch your legs on the way through.

Whitegoat Falls

Whitegoat Falls

AT A GLANCE

  • Distance: 2.4 km return
  • Elevation gain: ~30 m
  • Challenge Level: Easy
  • Trail type: Loop
  • Congestion: Moderate
  • Management: Goldeye Lake PRA & Kiska / Wilson PLUZ
  • Other Trail Uses: None

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.

THE TRAIL GUIDE

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 JOURNEY

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.

The trail to Whitegoat Falls

The trail to Whitegoat Falls

The trail to Whitegoat Falls

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.

The trail to Whitegoat Falls

The trail to Whitegoat Falls

The trail to Whitegoat Falls

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.

The trail to Whitegoat Falls

The trail to Whitegoat Falls

The trail to Whitegoat Falls

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 to Whitegoat Falls

The trail to Whitegoat Falls

The trail to Whitegoat Falls

THE RETURN TRAIL

The trail returns to the day-use area next to the dock. The perfect spot to enjoy a break after your hike.

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