Peyto Lake is one of the most photographed lakes in Banff National Park. As you go from lake to lake with the mountain parks, you will notice that all are incredibly coloured, but each one is a slightly different shade, due to the differing rock flour in each lake. Peyto Lake is the most incredible brilliant turquoise colour - you won't believe your eyes.
The hike up to the lake is a pretty good climb - 100 foot elevation gain in a fairly short distance. But it is so worth it, once you are at the top. The hike will take roughly 30 minutes up and about 10 minutes back down.
You will find Peyto Lake along the Icefields Parkway, a short distance north of Lake Louise village.
There is also a road access to the viewing point for people with disabilities.
Johnston Lake is one of the closest to Banff Town. It is very pretty & green. The lake shore is quite sandy & a few families were sunbathing - some where fishing. A little river runs by here & the boardwalk around the lake & upto the flower medows is just so relaxing. To have this place on your doorstep must be sheer heaven
Johnston Canyon is a popular destination in Banff. It is not too far from Banff townsite, and the two small waterfalls and the canyon are very easily accessible from either Highway 1 or Bow Valley Parkway.
If you keep hiking up beyond the Upper Falls however, the number of tourists dramatically drops off. Keep hiking for about another hour, going up and then back down a hill, you will arrive at the 'Inkpots' - a series of small pools, each with a slightly different tint of colour in the water.
These small pools with the water bubbling up from the bottom through the quicksand are interesting enough. The fact that they are situated in a meadow-like surrounding, with mountains all around and a mountain stream running by.. that's bonus!
A slight detour off the Banff-Jasper highway to Peyto Lake lookout - a lovely short snow walk in November