Revel in Remote Outdoor Recreation at Brule Lake Sand Dunes by overlandermountainlodge


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									Revel in Remote Outdoor Recreation at Brule
Lake Sand Dunes
Written by Edward

Overlander guests seeking to experience a truly unique area of
the Canadian Rockies should check out Brule Lake and its
unique sand dune shores. Although it’s not far from the
Brule Lake is an hour away from Jasper town site, and around
45 minutes away from Hinton. It makes a great day trip for
guests eager to explore the wilderness between the two towns.

Brule Lake Info
The lake is 10 km long and formed along the Athabasca
River.[1] It has a unique sand dune ecosystem and marks the
habitable northern limit for Douglas Fir trees.[2] In the early
1800s, it was the site of a Hudson’s Bay Company trading
post, but was abandoned within a few years.[1] Today it’s a
little know-recreation area that provides gorgeous views,
challenging paths, and is one of the few areas where All-
Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are permitted on public land.

Horse Back Riding, Outdoor Recreation, &
All-Terrain Vehicles
The dunes are about 5 km in from the highway, accessible by
foot by an unmaintained trail.[3] It’s ideal for hiking,
horseback riding, and all-terrain vehicles, but not for
automobiles. Conditions in the area can vary drastically and
visitors, regardless of whether they are walking, biking, or
driving their ATV, need to be very careful. The location is
extremely remote, and therefore there’s little warning when
the weather changes or even whether the dunes or lake will be
accessible. Be prepared for rain in the spring and summer and
snow in the fall and winter. The wind can also be fairly strong
all year around.[4]

Park officials strongly recommend that visitors carry a GPS, in
case they get lost, and a 2-way radio, since cellular coverage
around Brûlé Lake can be very poor.[3] Because Brûlé Lake is
so remote, frequent visitors and outdoor recreation
enthusiasts suggest bringing along spare parts and the
necessary tools to repair bikes or ATVs.[5] Repair shops are a
long way away and getting back to the highway can be tough
without a working vehicle.

Visitors need to check out the local laws about who can drive
ATVs and be sure that their vehicle complies with all
requirements. Alberta residents who want to put in some
                         quality time on their ATVS on the
                         Brûlé Lake sand dunes must be sure
                         that their vehicles are registered to
                         operate on public land. Temporary
                         visitors are exempt from this rule so
                         long as they stay in Alberta for fewer
than 30 days and their ATV meets all licensing, insurance, and
registration requirements in their home province or state.[4]

Visitors from the Overlander
While the Condo Association laws prevent visitors from
leaving directly from the Overlander on their ATVs, there are
nearby areas where visitors can park and unload their
vehicles. For hikers though, the sand dunes are only about a
30-minute walk away.

The Overlander Mountain Lodge is an ideal spot to base
yourself while visiting Jasper and the surrounding area. The
Overlander offers a unique mountain log lodge experience,
with award winning gourmet dining, friendly and attentive
service, and comfortable and relaxing accommodation. We
also have Jasper Park’s only vacation home rentals to
accommodate larger groups and families.

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