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“A beautiful Lake with a short hike - well worth it!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake
| Icefield Parkway, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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$68*
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Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Lake Louise
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Vernon, Canada
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“A beautiful Lake with a short hike - well worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We first went to this lake in about 2006 and were glad we did. This lake is kind of shaped like a dogs head. It is claimed to be the most colorful lake in the Rockies, but I find Moraine Lake to be a prettier blue. That being said, this is an easy walk from the parking lot to an observation platform overlooking the lake. It is a spectacular view of the lake and the valley. For handicapped/wheelchair, there is an upper parking lot where you don't have to do the walk.

Visited August 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Peyto Lake & Bow Summit Lookout”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

If you are driving along the Icefields Parkway, a stop at Peyto Lake is an absolute must. Yes, it's only a short trail up to the viewpoint and it can be very crowded up there (so be aware of that)...especially in the summer months. If you can visit either before 10.00am or after 4.00pm and you may be able to avoid the big crowds. And if you have some time and want to get away from the crowds you should follow the Bow Summit Lookout Trail which starts at the Peyto Lake viewing platform.

Many people only walk the paved nature trail to the Peyto Lake viewing platform. However, if you continue past the viewing platform and climb another 3km (1.9 miles) to the Bow Summit Lookout you will find some amazing views away from all the crowds. In my mind definitely worth it if you have a couple of hours for this hike. Here is a link to a PDF file with a very good description of this trail: http://www.summerthought.com/50Walks_sample.pdf

Visited July 2012
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“Spectacular lake scenery.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I went to this lake 4 times on my trip through Alberta Canada. One day I went around 0800 hours and it was totally fogged in. It made for some unique photos. While waiting for the fog to clear I drove south about five minutes to bow lake and got some beautiful reflection photos with some beautiful pink flowers in the foreground.

Visited August 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“Hidden secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I have never seen the colour of water so blue and green, very easy to miss the sign if you aren't looking for it.

Visited August 2012
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“Amazing place but could do with better signposting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Coaches for the tour groups park at the top car park nearest to the outlook, cars in the car park below and you have to walk up the hill...bit of a pull for those less fit.

The outlook gets crowded by the tour groups how go for a 5 second look and a quick snap. It is better to make your way along the trails off the main drag and get away from the crowds. Our guide books mention another outlook which is a good walk away (I can't remember how far they said) but we could not find it. It didn't matter though, as we were happy to sit on some rocks and soak up the amazing views.

Visited September 2012
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