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“Mind the mozzies!”
Review of Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake
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Ranked #2 of 34 things to do in Lake Louise
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

A very worthwhile stop off on the road from Jasper to Lake Louise. A fairly steep pathway leads from the car park up to the view point, but the view makes it it a rewarding trek. Longer walks are available for the more intrepid. The colour of the water is equally as good as Lake Louise, Make sure you take a camera and also some insect repellent, as the mozzies were more troublesome here than anywhere else we went!

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

It's a short hike up to see the best views of Peyto Lake. It is worth stopping along the Icefields Parkway to see the beautiful vista.

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Reviewed December 10, 2013

Peyto Lake is up the Columbia Icefields highway going from lake Louise to Jasper within Banff National Park. There is a turn off and easy hiking access from the parking lot. Such a gorgeous place and wonderful views from the look out. Not to be missed!

1  Thank MountainguyNM
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

I was so looking forward to seeing this in person after reading all of the reviews, and it did not disappoint. Thank you to the previous reviewers who posted about the alternate viewing point. My hubby and I found it and there was only one other couple there when we arrived. They left and we had the entire place to ourselves for 45 minutes. Do not stop at the viewing platform unless you want to be in a crowd of people trying to get that perfect picture of this beautiful lake. All you have to do is take the trail beyond it for about 15 minutes. When the trail splits, take it down and to your right. Follow it until you come to an opening. You will not regret it! It was so peaceful and we didn't want to leave. We got there early which I highly recommend. We arrived around 9:30 AM and the parking lot wasn't crowded at all. In fact, I think we were 1 of only 5 cars at that time. However, by the time we made our way back, it was VERY busy. Regardless, this is a must see. The color of the lake is nothing short of spectacular and it is absolutely breathtaking and magical!!

PS: There are a lot of complaints about mosquitos in the summer months and I am a mosquito magnet. However, if you are dressed appropriately and find yourself some good bug spray (Off with Deet worked), you will be fine. In fact, on this particular stop, I didn't see any mosquitos. It may have been too cold that day. It was in the 30's that morning. But, nonetheless, just be prepared and you will be fine.

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Reviewed November 23, 2013

With so much to see from your car or within a short walk you may think that it's not worth the time or effort to go to Peyto lake.

It is!!

Park the car and enjoy the walk through the trees on a good path. There are two car parks one at the bottom and one near the top, we opted for the bottom one so we could walk and burn off a few calories! Allow 15 mins each way.

The views of the lake when you arrive are incredible, the lake is an incredible turquoise colour due to the meltwater from the glacier, it really does look like the postcards.

With so much to see along the icefield parkway it would be easy to miss this, however it really is a 'must do'

We were there in April this year and the lake was inaccessible, my review is based on an earlier visit late September. Only downside I could see is that it may be crowded if you were there in summer, if you are there in summer I would suggest early morning or late evening to avoid the coach parties

1  Thank garrytev
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