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Peyto Lake

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Address: | Icefield Parkway, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch
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1-Day Photography Adventure in the Canadian Rockies
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary

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You have to have an eagle eye, so you do not miss the turn off. Planned to visit on the way home from Columbia Icefields, but due to construction, the sign was taken down... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Mississauga, Canada
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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You have to have an eagle eye, so you do not miss the turn off. Planned to visit on the way home from Columbia Icefields, but due to construction, the sign was taken down. There are 2 ways to get to the lookout. The first one is an easy 10 minute walk from the main parking lot. The second, you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a bit of a walk to the view point, and just like everywhere else it was crowded with people. However, this sight is a must- see! The color of the lake, the setting: absolutely stunning.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Out of all of the lakes I saw in the Canadian Rockies, Peyto Lake was my favourite. I'm going to have to make sure I do the hike to get to Bow Summit the next time I'm in Canada!

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Lennox Head, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Peyto is a hidden gem. Please make sure you walk the trail to the higher view point of Peyto. It has facts and history along the way but the view is 10 times better then the first platforms. You are more elevated and there are less people. Absolutely worth it.

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

From the highway, follow the indications to the Peyto Lake viewpoint at Bow summit. Be careful since there are two parking lots. One for the buses and one for cars.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Stunningly beautiful. We went when there were no crowds, and the silence was incredible. You could hear a stream miles away, as well as elk calling. One of the most beautiful places on earth. Thank you Canada for keeping your national parks pristine!!

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Sun City, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Worth the trip in a rental car to picnic at this beautiful location. The Canadian Rockies are outstanding beauty. We were disappointed in the Icefields as a created business on what should be off limits to the environment.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After having viewed Lake Louise and Lake Moraine, my wife an I were disappointed. Don't get me wrong, if you hadn't done the other lakes, you would love this one, but the view just doesn't hold up to the more spectacular lakes. Its claim to fame is that it's much less crowded than the other two so a nice picnic... More 

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Kent UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have visited this place a few times, but today was the first in the snow. Only the lower carpark was open so you had to hike. The hike is short but very slippy, so only attempt this if you are fit and stable on your feet! The view is superb and you can see why its on the front of... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a convenient stop along the Icefield Parkway, just about 30 mins north of the Lake Louise area. You need to turn left if driving north towards Jasper, so be prepared. You'll find yourself at the outlook after a short walk (no, it's not even a hike), so this is big reward with very little effort ;) It's NOT... More 

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