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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  • I'll climb a little from the parking lot, but i'll do my best to climb it. It is a very beautiful lake. The shape of the lake is not understood if it does not climb to the observatory above.
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  • Worth the climb up to see this beautiful lake. You can park at the bus level early in the morning and then it is a shorter walk.  more »
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