Awesome Alberta: Peyto Lake is a turquoise wonder to behold (PHOTOS)

Aug 27 2019, 10:10 am

If you thought you knew what blue looked like, you might want to take a look at Peyto Lake.

It’s one of the most frequently featured lakes on Instagram with over 70,000 posts… and it’s not difficult to see why.

Peyto Lake is famous for its bright turquoise colour. No filter required. It’s practically every Instagrammer’s dream spot.

The lake and Peyto Glacier were named after Bill Peyto who was a renowned mountain guide and pioneer in Banff.

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For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from and AdventureSmart. Parks Canada visitor guidelines are available here. Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife — and please note that irresponsibly-taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal

Where is it?

Located in Banff National Park, Peyto Lake is located along the Icefields Parkway, about 45 km north of Lake Louise.


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How to get there?

A two and a half-hour car ride will get you there to the bluest lake in Canada. All you need to do is drive on the Trans-Canada Highway. Follow the highway until you reach Improvement District no. 9, afterwards, take the Alberta 93 exit. Drive for around an hour and a half before you merge onto AB-93 N.

You’ll pass by Lake Louise on your way there.

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake (Google Maps)


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What’s there?

You can hike for around 10 minutes to the viewpoint to take pictures of the stunning lake. Unfortunately, the viewpoint is closed for construction from mid-August until winter 2019.

When you come to visit and want to avoid the crowds that will be undoubtedly flocking the viewpoint, you can hike a little higher where fewer people dare venture.

While the official viewpoint may be closed off, any view of this body of water is exceptionally spectacular!

Not only is it a gorgeous summer view, but come winter, the view is just as amazing, with the crystalline blue of the lake against a snowy white canvas.


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