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

Aug 10 2020, 5:10 pm

COVID-19 still presents a very real and dangerous threat to public health. While much of Alberta’s outdoors have been reopened to visitors, it is recommended to plan ahead, check local restrictions and current public health measures, and avoid any areas that may be too crowded. 

UPDATE: Peyto Lake is closed to the public for improvements until November 2020. 

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.

Please note that Peyto Lake is currently closed for improvements and will reopen to the public in November 2020. So mark your calendars!

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?

Found 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 from Calgary. 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.

Those driving from Edmonton will need to drive 4 and a half hours to get there, heading south to Red Deer, then taking Highway 11 to hop onto the Icefields Parkway.


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What’s there?

You can hike for around 10 minutes to the viewpoint to take pictures of the stunning lake.

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

Any view of this body of water that you choose will be 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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