Peyto Lake
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  • PBPG
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom6,010 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views, would be better when thawed
    The path to the lake was Ice/compacted snow and was a tricky walk up and even trickier coming down. Took us about 30 minutes to get up to the lake. Stunning view once you got there though, then a tough 30 minutes down again, not sure it was worth the effort, Lake Louis was probably better and much easier to get to!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2023
  • SNelson
    Terrace, Canada676 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Stunning views. We visited during May long weekend. I knew Lake Louise & Morraine lake would be swamped so we opted to drive a little further. The parking lot was less than a quarter full. It’s just a short walk to the view point. So beautiful with out the crowds of people!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 30, 2023
  • dleghorn
    Englewood, Florida8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peyto Lake visit stunning visir
    What an amazing view and beautiful site, stunning! We stopped on way on Ice Field Parkway to Jasper. One of the best of many spectacular views on our Canadian Rockies trip. It was about 1/3 mile walk from parking area, all uphill. At that elevation we stopped once on way there to catch breath due to elevation. It was well worth it, simply spectacular! No fee to see, parking may be little crowded in busy season.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • MPP2703
    Caythorpe, United Kingdom1,767 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trek, but it is uphill, so may not be suitable for all.
    Definitely somewhere to visit. Stopped on the Ice Field Parkway on our trip from Banff to Jasper, Free parking, that at the time we visited, was not too busy. It is uphill and quite a way, so may not be suitable for all, although there maybe a higher car park (possibly for buses) that may make the trek a little easier.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • cypins
    Louisiana273 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Wolf Lake!
    This lake is a sleeper, it is not nearly as crowded as Moraine or Louise, but does have the views. There is a short hike to the viewpoint and it is a little steep but your effort will be rewarded. This lake is very blue but the best part is that the Lake is shaped like a wolf head. Definitely make this one of your stops along the parkway, it is worth it!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • TennisStar602
    New Jersey619 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I thought that Peyto Lake should definitely be considered to be among the best lakes within this park!
    Peyto Lake had a breathtaking watercolor, and I got some great pictures of the entire lake. The surrounding mountains and the trees were out of this world. I took a trail that was probably about half (1/2) a mile long to reach the boardwalk that allowed me to see this lake. It was not difficult to find parking. Although this attraction was crowded, it was definitely under control. I would encourage people to dress appropriately in terms of their usage of warm clothes and proper footwear.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Cozgrove
    Harwood Heights, Illinois17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do NOT skip this. Best part of our trip.
    This was our FAVORITE lake, sight, activity, parkway stop, etc in all of Banff and Jasper NPs. Made our trip. The beauty was unparalleled. Get off the beaten path a bit away from the viewing platform crowds and you'll be rewarded with a serene view of the most majestic sight of your life.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Christina B
    Louisiana2,712 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Stop
    Although this hike/walk is about 1/3 if a mile (.6 km) each way on a smooth paced path there’s a lot of uphill. I’ve got knee issues and did ok going up and down. Going up gets your heart going & knees aching on the way down.. but take your time & it’s doable. Knew the bus parking lot at the top would be better for me, but I didn’t try to park up top. Great viewing platform and look out areas.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Jobylake
    Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom937 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pictures do not do this lake justice
    We missed Peyto Lake the first time we drove the Icefields Parkway back in 2016 so we added it to our itinerary this time. We left Banff and drove the scenic 1A Highway (no wildlife seen) down to Lake Louise taking in Morant’s Curve and on to Peyto Lake. The car park here is not massive so it tends to be one in one out depending on the time of day you arrive. We arrived late morning so the car park was pretty much full. The walk to the lake is uphill all the way (one or two steep bits) but it is well worth the walk. There is a coach and disabled area higher up so the walk to the lake will be more level. There is a viewing platform (which was built when the area was closed during pandemic times). We had fabulous weather with sun and cloud so the view changed depending on whether the sun was out or behind the clouds. It gets busy here but by being patient, you will get to the edge and get to see the most gloriously blue lake you will ever see. The photos you see on the web do not do this lake justice. By walking back away from the platform, you will find gaps in the fences to enable you to climb down to get much better photos and a photo with just you (and the odd photobombing chipmunk). If you are brave enough to clamber over rocks, you can find yourself in an area by yourself and get some different perspective views. Our route back to Banff on the Icefields Parkway saw a bear jam. We managed to get very close to a young black bear. We managed to get pictures before Parks Canada Rangers appeared to monitor the situation. We also stopped at Bow Lake (see other review) to get an afternoon’s view as this view also changes depending on the time of day.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Alex S
    London, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful 🤩
    This is an absolutely beautiful lake a short and not too steep walk from the car park. As it is so stunningly beautiful it is also very popular and there were a lot of people on the viewing platform. There are toilets in the car park (but long queues).
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 9, 2023
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Laurisa R
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Loved the lake! There is a hike with some steep bits up to get to the lake but the views are incredible. Wear some hiking shoes or shoes with grip when you go as there is still a lot of snow on the trail. I would recommend going at a quieter time as the trail is small in some places and requires waiting for people to pass. Would definitely go again.
Written June 24, 2022
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Scott G
Los Angeles, CA486 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My 20 year old son and I saw Peyto Lake half on a whim, after spending our first two days in Banff exploring Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Boy am I glad we went to Peyto, because it's as impressive as Louise and Moraine, just different.

Louise is huge and glowing milky blue and has the most activities, and it's fun walking to the end of it where the glacial silt goes into the water. Moraine seemed a bit smaller to me and is equally bright and beautiful, but more green. And Peyto seemed a bit smaller than the other two from above, but amazingly bright in both sun or shade and somewhere between the color of Louise and Moraine I thought. The view you get of it is perfectly composed, like a painting, with amazing mountains all around which fade into the distance in the background. Peyto is also a lot less crowded and an easy hike to the one main observation point, about 15 minutes. If I could only go back to one of the three it would be Peyto.

We took the trail that goes along the ridge to the left from the observation platform, and found some amazing views. We stayed up top but you can also walk down to the lake. Its about a 30 minute drive from Lake Louise to Peyto Lake, and it's totally worth it. The views along the way are great, too. The mountains seemed to start blocking the sun in the late afternoon, so to get the full effect of a sunny day on the lake I would arrive before then. I would definitely put Peyto, along with Louise and Moraine, as the three must see lakes in Banff. Highly recommended, see this lake!
Written August 15, 2022
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Michele
Seattle, WA83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Don't like to hike long distances, but want to see the beauty Banff National Park has to offer? Peyto Lake is for you. Even with wild fire smoke being rather thick, the bright blue water still shined through! I can only imagine what it looks like on a clear sunny day,

The walk to the viewing platform is a quick mini hike from the parking lot. Due to the viewing platform being relatively close, the time spent at Peyto Lake is short. Even if the parking lot is full when you arrive, spots are constantly opening up. Don't give up if the lot is full!
Written September 6, 2022
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Candice T
manila, philippines213 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We typed in "Bow Summit" on Google Maps to find this place. We arrived here on June 1st and the lake was still frozen. The path was still covered in snow and it was very slippery. Definitely not good for senior citizens. Viewpoint still has snow on it and we were not able to go up the trail past the boardwalk. We saw some people using stick or shoes with spikes (which was a great idea). Parking was also a bit difficult at 10 in the morning, but people come and go fast. It would have been great if the snow has melted and the lake is as blue as all the pictures I've seen. But still, can't complain how beautiful the lake is, even when it's frozen.
Written August 29, 2022
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BelaN74
Mississauga, Canada4,240 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We got engaged at Peyto Lake 5 years ago and when we were planning this trip to Alberta ( we live in Ontario) we checked to make sure Peyto Lake was accessible. We read it was under construction but opening end of August. We were there end of September and greatly disappointed when we drove to Peyto and it was closed. This was to be a huge highlight of our trip and I can’t even explain how disappointed we were. Why was this closed. Stick to the schedule because people make plans and spend lots of money. Disgraceful.
Written October 29, 2021
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TennisStar602
New Jersey619 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Peyto Lake had a breathtaking watercolor, and I got some great pictures of the entire lake. The surrounding mountains and the trees were out of this world. I took a trail that was probably about half (1/2) a mile long to reach the boardwalk that allowed me to see this lake. It was not difficult to find parking. Although this attraction was crowded, it was definitely under control. I would encourage people to dress appropriately in terms of their usage of warm clothes and proper footwear.
Written July 13, 2023
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Golden_Amik
Red Lake, Canada138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We stopped along the way when we were moving campsites, so we had our camper hitched up. We pulled along the side of the road and parked, unsure how we would be able to get out! There are two parking lots, which fill up quickly. One at the bottom of the hike, which we would not have been able to maneuver our rig through. The second parking lot at the top, closer to the lookout is for busses and the disabled. We were able to drive up here and turn around, as there were no busses parked. Please note that in 2020 there are refurbishments happening at this location - check the park's facebook page to be updated on accessibility so as not to be disappointed.

After a short walk to the parking lot and a 15 minute, uphill hike, we made it to the lookout. It was worth it! This was a clear highlight of our trip out west! The colour of the wolf-shaped lake is out of this world. The saturation of the pictures you see online are not turned up... it really is that colour. Spectacular blue with the towering mountains around. What a treat to see such beauty.

While it was beautiful, there were some that made the experience not as pleasant... Trying to get that perfect shot for Instagram, while doing a yoga pose, outside of the boundary of the lookout with a 100 foot drop below you... is ill advised.
Written January 20, 2020
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Gra
Ruthin, UK64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
What a beautiful view, and easy to climb up to from the car park on an easy trail. Only loses a point as it is always busy, go early to get any chance of a good view without having to queue for it. Also not much else to do here once you've seen it, but I'm so glad we went, the wolf head shape is so evident and the colour of the water in June just after ice melt (one third of the lake was still frozen) is such a stunning blue.
Written July 15, 2022
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Keith J
Llanelli, UK444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We stopped in Peyto Lake on our way to the Ice Fields on our recent trip to Canada. There is a new viewing platform looking down on the lake giving fantastic views of the lake. Well forth a visit.
Written September 6, 2022
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SNelson
Terrace, Canada676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Stunning views. We visited during May long weekend. I knew Lake Louise & Morraine lake would be swamped so we opted to drive a little further. The parking lot was less than a quarter full. It’s just a short walk to the view point. So beautiful with out the crowds of people!
Written May 30, 2023
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