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Address: | Icefield Parkway, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

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You can reach Peyto Lake after a short walk from the parking lot. It takes about 15 minutes, and is uphill. The path is paved, so it would be accessible for most individuals... read more

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can reach Peyto Lake after a short walk from the parking lot. It takes about 15 minutes, and is uphill. The path is paved, so it would be accessible for most individuals. Once you reach Peyto Lake, you can continue on the trail for a fair distance. If Peyto Lake was your final destination, you will not be disappointed.... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wear sturdy non-slip shoes for the steep hike to the beautiful lake/ glacier viewing area. It is a 15 minute uphill hike on a paved trail. Fresh snow created a sparkling winter wonderland but made the trail wet and slippery. You will be rewarded with a gorgeous green lake contrasting white glacier view! Be careful going down the trail to... More 

Thank Gatorartlady
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Get up high to get the full lake which looks like a wolfs head. A turquoise glacial lake surrounded by stunning snow topped mountains. Well worth a visit.

Thank daftmare
Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't bother with this lake. The views are okay from above, but the parking lot and pathways to the small viewing area are more crowded than a New York City subway station at rush hour. The jostling and shoving by rude tourists trying to get to the limited space was disappointing. In the end, I didn't even bother taking pictures.... More 

Thank artairman
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Phenomenal views - take some lunch, you'll want to stay and appreciate it for a while. Just be careful when taking photos, some of the rocks are sloped with stones that can slip from under your feet. Personally I think this is better than Lake Louise.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you like looking at the glacier fed lakes with the amazing blue color, Peyto is the very best, despite competition from the better known Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Well worth the effort to see this place.

Thank ceebee51
Ringgold, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Color is unbelievable on a sunny day. It's a bit of a hike for older people, but in the off season just drive up to the bus parking where there is only about a hundred yards to the overview. It's a bit of a long shot to the lake. We visit on a partially sunny day and it was beautiful.... More 

Thank Robert R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very cold and the roads are icy. But worth the walk to see the lake. Extremely pretty, especially the blue water that is hard to describe. Must see

Thank t16mytm
Twin Cities, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful lake with about a half hour hike through the pines. We enjoyed the hike as much as the lake.

Thank CoopyCob
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were driving from Jasper to Lake Louis area, we were wondering what it would be like after seeing so many beautiful lakes. When we see the Peyto Lake,we all shocked. There is no word to express our feelings. It is so different, beautiful, quite, and heavy.

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