Alberta, Canada

Peyto Lake Canada, Banff NP. How To See Its Colors: 3 Moments

Peyto Lake, Canada: what’s so special about it? Is it really that blue? How to explore it with kids. October 2021 opening. Essentials, Bow Summit lookout

Peyto Lake, Canada: why is it a must-see while visiting Banff National Park?

A mix of blue, green, and turquoise, glowing from the inside – “Peyto” could easily be a color of its own. On a clear summer day, Peyto Lake will hypnotize you and make you want to pinch yourself for a reality check!

Peyto Lake Canada

1. Where all those colors came from?

Peyto Glacier is feeding the lake, slowly melting, moving, and scratching the surface of the ground at the same time. Tiny, flour-like particles of silt are filling the water, giving it that postcard, “Peyto” color.

2. How to enjoy the Lake during peak season

Panoramic view of the Peyto Lake from the Bow Summit platform. Alberta

Bow Summit lookout

The best place to view Peyto Lake is at the Bow Summit lookout.
During the summer season, choose early morning or late afternoon hours to avoid huge crowds. The parking lot is pretty big but is still not enough for all the people visiting during peak season.

Peyto Lake was under renovation until October 9, 2021 (closed for nearly 2 years) to make it more safer and comfortable for visitors.

On the picture below you can see how it looked before: observation platform is too small; unfenced area where nothing stops you from going over the edge:

Bow Summit lookout platform. Peyto Lake

3. Peyto Lake, Canada: Hike to the Bow Summit lookout

An easy hike to the Bow Summit lookout has some very steep parts. Even with a super-lightweight stroller, you will have a hard time getting to the top.

Alternatively, you can drop off those, who are unable to take the hike, at the “buses and handicapped” parking lot (which is very close to the lookup platform), then go back to the main parking lot and meet at the top:

Peyto Lake: Essentials

There are no cafe or place for kids to run freely. The trail is pretty narrow and ends up right at the parking lot. Long lines to the restrooms during the busy summer months.

  • Bring the very best mosquito repellent you can find for your trip to Banff and Jasper. Mosquitos were so bad during our visit in July!
  • Make sure to check hours, conditions, fees, and restrictions before you go.
  • Don’t forget a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
Peyto Lake Canada: The Lake is fed by the Peyto creek which drains water from the Peyto Glacier (on the left)
Peyto Lake Canada: The Lake is fed by the Peyto creek which drains water from the Peyto Glacier (on the left)

Peyto Lake, Canada on My Map

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I am Ira, the author behind Grazy Goat. My husband and I run this blog and share our experiences about thrilling places and cultures. Our son Artem recently joined us and helps with editing.

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