Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

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Ice Field Parkway # 93 Highway.

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    Peyto Lake

    by lazyman_1 Written Aug 19, 2007

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    Peyto lake was gorgeous! a short 10 minute hike brings you to a viewing area where you get a panoramic view of the lake and the mountain that stand by the shores. Shaped like the head of a wolf, the lake exhibits that sparking blue colour that Ablerta glacial lakes all have. Don't even think about skipping this stop as it is directly along the icefields parkway and there are many signs pointing you here.

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    Peyto Lake: best view regardless of weather

    by zrim Written Jul 28, 2003

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    glacier blue

    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.

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    by spidermiss Updated Apr 5, 2011

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    Peyto Lake is named after an early 20th Century explorer, Bill Peyton. The lake is situated on the Icefields Parkway and the lake is fed from glacier which is shrinking rapidly and this is monitored by scientists at an automatic weather station nearby. You look at the lake and the surrounding area, Wapta Icefield that sits on the Continental divide, down below from a view point.

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    Peyto Lake (Icefields Parkway)

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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    PEYTO LAKE Overlook

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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    Peyto Lake and the Bow Summit Lookout

    by Ann75 Written Jan 30, 2013

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    If you are planning to drive the beautiful Icefields Parkway then Peyto Lake is a must see! Yes, from the parking lot it's only a short trail up to the viewpoint and it can get very crowded up here...especially in the summer months. Try and plan your visit before 10.00am or after 4.00pm to avoid the large crowds. If you have a couple of hours to spend then I suggest you continue on from the viewing platform to the Bow Summit Lookout trail which takes you away from the crowds while still enjoying the gorgeous views.

    Many people walk only the paved nature trail to the Peyto Lake viewing platform. However, if you continue past the viewing platform and climb another 3km (1.9 miles) to the Bow Summit Lookout you will find some amazing views away from all the crowds. In my mind definitely worth it if you have a couple of hours for this hike. Here is a link to a PDF file with a very good description of this trail: Bow Summit Lookout Trail

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    Peyto Lake

    by chewy3326 Updated Nov 17, 2011

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    One of the most gorgeous gems of the Rockies is Peyto Lake, a shimmering, large turqouise lake just north of Bow Summit. Massive peaks and the Wapta Icefield tower over the lake, shaped like either an angel, or a dog (use your imagination!). The most popular viewpoint of the lake is from Bow Summit: from a parking lot, a 10-minute paved trail leads uphill to a wooden viewing platform with an absolute stunning view of the lake and a forested valley to the north. Expect it to be crowded though! Tour buses roll through every couple minutes and drop tons of tourists who run to the viewpoint and snap a few shorts before leaving; while that certainly allows you to see the lake, plan on allotting more time to appreciate an absolute wonder. A number of plaques along the trail give a good description of the natural environment of the area; one of them allows you to compare the now-small Peyto Glacier to what it looked like at the beginning of the 20th century.

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    Evidence of a glacier

    by zrim Written Aug 3, 2003

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    can you see the path of the glacier?

    You can see the route the glacier took when it cut through this valley. And still today snow and ice melt off the mountain and follow the glacier's path to replenish Peyto Lake with fresh glacial water.

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    Bow Summit view of Peyto Lake beautiful

    by sinjabc Written Aug 20, 2006

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    This was our first stop on Highway 93 from Lake Louise to Jasper via the Icefields Parkway.

    The hike up to Bow Summit is easy to moderate (maybe 10 minutes uphill). It was mid-summer, so many of the wild flowers were already turning. There were still some pretty ones to look at. We did not hike around the area because there were no other viewpoints.

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    Peyto Lake

    by mht_in_la Updated Jul 6, 2003

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    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.

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    really nice viewpoint - especially during morning

    by orke Written Oct 27, 2004

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    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)

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    Peyto Lake

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Jan 4, 2008

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    the Peyto Lake Lookout is an absolute must-see! We were taken there early in the morning; watching the sunrise there was something magical...

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    by windsorgirl Written Jul 13, 2004

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    Peyto Lake, Banff NP

    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.

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    Peyto Lake

    by Jim_Eliason Written Aug 26, 2013
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    This lake created by Glacier runoff is known for it's crystal blue color. Trails lead to an overlook and also around the lake,.

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