Canoe East Forest Service Road starts in the town of Valemount, BC. It’s a well-maintained single-lane dirt road with rocky sections, and semi-steep climbs with no guardrail near the end. 4WD is not needed. Any high-clearance vehicle can make it.
The road travels alongside Kimbasket Lake, part of the Columbia River. The lake gets its vibrant aqua-blue waters from the glacier runoff. The trail runs through Crown Land, and on the north side is Mount Robson Provincial Park, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
There are a couple of campgrounds along the road, the best being Yellow Jacket Creek Recreation Site, which is along the lake and offers spectacular views of the glacier Mount Thompson and the cascading waterfalls. There is no charge to use these dispersed campgrounds. However, there are no facilities either.
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