Peyto Lake, Lake Louise

The strikingly blue glacier-fed waters of Peyto Lake feature mesmerizing color caused by tiny particles of the rock the glacier brings forth when it "flows" in summer. From the lake, you can hike to Bow Summit--the highest point in the Canadian Rockies--and take in views from a viewing platform. If you have mobility issues, you can park closer to the viewing platform. Don't forget your camera. To visit Peyto Lake and other attractions in Banff National Park, use our Banff National Park road trip website.
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  • It’s a steep hike from the car park to the lake but well worth it as the colour of the water is an amazing turquoise blue. Again, we found ourselves amongst another bunch of selfie takers insisting.....  more »
  • In my opinion the most beautiful viewpoint in Banff np. From the parking lot you take a little walk for like 10min to Bow summit where the viewpoint is located. (see my panorama pic) When I was...  more »

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