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Peyto Lake

Image taken on June 1, 2017. Lake is still covered in ice. Trail up to Bow summit lookout was still covered in about a foot of snow. Interesting hike.
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Image taken on June 1, 2017. Lake is still covered in ice. Trail up to Bow summit lookout was still covered in about a foot of snow. Interesting hike.

Peyto Lake is a glacier-fed lake in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The lake itself is easily accessed from the Icefields Parkway. It was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.

The lake is formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1,860 m.

During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise colour. Because of its bright colour, photos of the lake often appear in illustrated books, and the area around the lake is a popular sightseeing spot for tourists. The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefields Parkway.

The lake is fed by Peyto Creek, which drains water from Caldron Lake and Peyto Glacier (part of the Wapta Icefield). Peyto Lake is the origin of the Mistaya River, which heads northwest from the lake's outflow.
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5 Comments |
CJPark4991 Platinum
 
CJPark4991 June 25, 2017
You are just full info about this place great job
Belfastgirl
Belfastgirl June 25, 2017
A little info is always good.
cindybucholz
 
cindybucholz July 15, 2017
Absolutely stunning!!!
Belfastgirl
Belfastgirl July 17, 2017
Thanks Cindy.
dtcheung Platinum
 
dtcheung July 15, 2017
I believe the majority of people visiting the Canadian Rockies have drove right by and missed this place...
Belfastgirl
Belfastgirl July 17, 2017
Maybe some tourists, I would hope not Canadians. The Canadian Rockies have so much to see and do for everyone. Very happy to live in Alberta and be able to visit the Rockies when ever I feel the need to escape from the rat race.
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Alwolfe October 17, 2017
Stunning photo!
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tracyburroughsbrown April 12, 2019
Lovely
Belfastgirl
Belfastgirl April 12, 2019
Thanks Tracy, it is a beautiful place to see
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