We just had to see Peyto Lake again when the visibility was more reasonable. Just a stunning view.
The lake and glacier were named for legendary guide Bill Peyto. Peyto was an Englishman but came to western Canada when he was 18. Apparently, Bill was a great guide but also a prankster--letting a lynx loose in a crowded bar. When he needed solitude Bill would camp at this overlook and soon people in the area began calling it Peyto Lake. The name stuck.
The stormy snow clouds kept moving in, obscuring all but the brilliant blue lake and half of the mountainside across the glacier cut valley. For a brief time it felt as if we were alone in the universe. Just us, the mountain and the lake.
Of course, the moment was all too brief as two van loads of fifteen year old campers scampered to the overlook bellowing about the latest trends in hip-hop. But as they turned the corner and caught sight of the lake--they too were momentarily stunned into silence by the beauty of the tableau before them (I think their silence lasted maybe thirty seconds--such is the attention span of teens).
I have not seen all of the alpine lakes accessible only by trail. I have not seen Mt. Assiniboine. But I saw a lot and for my money, Peyto Lake overlook takes home the blue ribbon. To me, the lake looks like a liquid glacier. As if it was emptied and filled by galcier melt only this past spring.
The interpretive sign at the trailhead warned that snow is possible any day of the year. July 5, 2003, guess what? Snow. It really wasn't all that bad. A brisk walk uphill will generate all the body warmth needed. And the views at the top of this trail looking out over Peyto Lake. Well, I'd brave a heck of a lot more than a dusting of snow to see it.
Located 40 km north of Lake Louise by Icefield Parkway (#93) is the amazing Peyto Lake. From the parking lot, follow the sign to Bow Summit (20 min uphill), and you'll be rewarded with the panoramic view of Peyto Lake (see panoramic photo in my travelogue). To the left, you'll see the melting glacier water feed into the Lake. To the right, you'll see the distinctively shaped Peyto Lake (shaped like a reverse-Y). Most Peyto Lake photos I've seen are taken from the same angle (Bow Summit viewing platform), but the color of the Lake changes depending on season and light. There are also hiking trails around Bow Summit and down to the pebble beach of the Lake.
After a tough hike up to the Bow Summit through the melting snow, 15 -20 minutes depending on your physical condition, there was a pay off,as you can see on our faces we were very happy not to have missed this incredibly beautiful view of lake Peyton.
If you travel the Icefield Parkway ,you must not miss this viewpoint.
As the Peyto Glacier flowed down this Valley,it left behind piles of glacier moraines.
A natural Dam was formed in which the water was trapped. A delta on the left side of the lake shows the natural tendency of lakes to eventually fill with sediments.
There really are no words to describe the view from this viewpoint, just the wows and the reaction of the people reaching the summits viewpoint is proof of how incredibly
beautiful it is .
Lori's reaction was'' oh my God '' this is unbelievable.
Is it green or is it blue , it depends on who you ask.The official explanation is as follows.
Why is the lake Blue, The junction of the stream ,the lake and the delta is the clue.
Water leaving the glacier is muddy with rocks ,gravel and silt. As the stream slows down most of that rubble is left behind to become delta. Silt then flows into the icy water where most of it sinks to the bottom.Fine particles of rock ground ,like baking flour remain suspended in the water.
This '' Rock Flour ''scatters the blue -green rays of sun light,giving the lake its special colour.
PEYTO LAKE Overlook: Another jewel in the Rockies range. This incredible blue lake 250 m (820 ft) below this famous viewpoint changes color through the summer. The lake is named after Bill Peyto, the eccentric guide who camped alone on its shore. Quite a camper, don't you think ;-)? To have a lake as beautiful as this to be named after one.
The highest point on the Icefields Parkway is Bow Summit, 2088 m above sea level. Here the road crosses alpine meadows near the source of the Bow River before dropping into the Mistaya Valley. From the lower parking area at Bow Summit, a short trail takes you uphill to the Peyto Lake lookout.
This lake created by Glacier runoff is known for it's crystal blue color. Trails lead to an overlook and also around the lake,.
the Peyto Lake Lookout is an absolute must-see! We were taken there early in the morning; watching the sunrise there was something magical...
the view from the view point is really good and the parkign is like 5 minutes walk
there is also another and even closer parking spaces for handicapps and for buses (i think)
About 40kms from Lake Louise along the Icefields Parkway you will come across the brilliant turquoise waters of Lake Peyto. It is only a short walk from the parking area to this amazing viewpoint.