Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

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Ice Field Parkway # 93 Highway.

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    Peyto Lake

    by JanPeter74 Written Sep 16, 2004

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    bear-shaped Peyto Lake

    Another great lake. From the parking lot leads a steep but easy tarmac path to a lookout platform that provides a great view of the lake lying beneath you.

    Again, a very blue lake. And look at the shape. It is not so hard to distinguish a light blue bear in the shape of the lake.

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    Peyto Lake

    by Webboy Written Jul 23, 2004

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    Peyto Lake

    Peyto Lake is was one of the highlights of our trip along the Icefield Parkway (Highway 93).

    Having been unlucky the day before with the weather, we were delighted we got to see Peyto Lake looking its best in a clear sunny day!

    Peyto Lake is located between Bow Lake and Mistaya Lake on highway 93. You should follow signs for the Bow Summit and / or Peyto Lake Viewpoint ..... they share the same car park.

    Once parked, the veiwing point is around a 5 - 10 minute walk along a path that starts at the far end of the car park. Its an easy walk, and well worth it!

    The Peyto Lake viewpoint gives you not only a stunning view of Peyto Lake itself, but also gives you an excellent view of mountains away in the distance ..... Mountains incidentally that you will drive passed if you are going to Jasper!

    This should definetly be on your "to do" list if driving on the Icefield Parkway!

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    As blue as my eyes :)

    by kymbanm Written Sep 3, 2005

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    The other end of Peyto ...

    Well. maybe not ... but one of the amazing and awe inspiring things about the glacial lakes in the parks her are their colors .... this one is an amazing blue color .... and an interesting shape too :) I"m glad I listened to others along my route, and they were right, Peyto was worth the stop ...

    Be prepared for some cardio work on your way to the lookout ..... my goodness, it is very steep! For my first wander of the day, I wasn't prepared to work that hard to get to the view! Luckily, you can stop and read some of the informational plaques along the way while you catch your breath ...... a less obvious manner in which to rest your lungs :)

    My favorite picture of Peyto is on my Banff page, This picture is not as ... picturesque, but I love it as it displays the glacial edge of the lake, and still shows the amazing blueness of the water .......

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    Preyto Lake

    by chris_i79 Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    The Icefields Parkway has beautiful views around every corner. There is no shortage for places to stop and snap a couple photos. Preyto Lake however, may take the prize as one of the best. The lake is just off the main highway. About a 15 min hike from the parking lot. The color of the lake is unreal and even makes many tourists ask how the tourism industry has made it that color!!! A great place to stop.

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    The Green ,or Blue Peyto Lake .

    by Waalewiener Updated Jun 22, 2003

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    Peyto Lake.

    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.

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    A fantastic view of Peyto Lake and the Mountains.

    by Waalewiener Written Jun 23, 2003

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    Peyto Lake

    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.

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    PEYTO LAKE

    by LoriPori Updated Aug 15, 2007

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    Peyto Lake

    Named for Ebenezer William Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area, PEYTO LAKE is a glacier fed lake located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.
    The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefield Parkway.

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    Standing here together looking down is special.

    by Waalewiener Updated Jun 25, 2003

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    Lori & Hans at Peyto Lake Viewpoint

    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.

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    by Hermanater Written Aug 22, 2006

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    Chances are, if you have seen a calendar with pictures of the Canadian Rockies, the will be a photo of Peyto Lake. My pictures did not turn out a nice as others I have seen. There was a lot of cloud cover which threw off the lighting. From the parking spot at the south end of the lake, there is a short trail that leads to a viewing platform. You can see the streams from the glaciers that feed the lake. On sunny days, this lake is an incredible blue color.

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    Peyto Lake

    by Redlats Updated Aug 8, 2004

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    my mom @ Peyto Lake viewpoint

    Peyto Lake is a well known viewpoint along the Icefield Parkway (Highway 93).

    The viewpoint is around a 5 - 10 minute walk from the parking lot, and they even let you drive handicapped people up to the viewpoint.

    The Peyto Lake viewpoint gives you this famous view of Peyto Lake as well as describing the natural history behind the lake and reason for the name (some prospector's name).

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    Better weather for viewing Peyto Lake

    by zrim Updated Aug 3, 2003

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    The lake named after Wild Bill

    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.

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    The glacier responsible for Peyto Lake

    by zrim Written Aug 3, 2003

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    Peyto Glacier

    The first time we visited Peyto Lake, the glacier was not visible because of the snowstorm. However, when we returned the next afternoon we got a good look at the glacier that left the moraine (a moraine is a type of natural dam created by debris deposited by a retreating glacier) that created Peyto Lake. As you can see the glacier has retreated well up the mountainside.

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    so green ....

    by vtveen Updated Mar 19, 2007

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    Peyto Lake - green !!!!!!
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    .... or blue, or turquoise, I don't know exactly, but it was amazing.

    What an incredible beautiful view from the look out, which we reached after a short walk from the car park, more or less along Icefields Parkway (highway 93).
    It is not only Peyto Lake, but also the view over the valley, which makes this stop along Icefields Parkway a 'must'.

    Along the 'track' to the look out we saw lots of alpine flowers and squirrels.

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    We have a whiteout

    by zrim Written Jul 28, 2003

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    snow any day of the year

    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.

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    As surreal as a canvas by Salvidor Dali

    by zrim Written Jul 28, 2003

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    alone in the universe

    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).

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