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Peyto Lake Tours

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Peyto Lake
When you first see Peyto Lake, nestled in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, the striking blue color of the water will astound you. The hue is thanks to the geologic makeup of the silt (“rock flour”) that mixes with the runoff from nearby Peyto Glacier. Take in the spectacular view from the Bow Summit or hike in for a closer look.
 
The Basics
Along the Icefields Parkway, a scenic drive that runs through the Rocky Mountains between Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, is a stop for the Peyto Lake Lookout and the Bow Summit. Many Rocky Mountain parks tours travel this route—aptly named for the glacial icefields, notably the Columbia Icefield—between Banff and Jasper, to the Columbia Icefields, or around the Lake Louise area. Most stop along the way at Peyto Lake Lookout, the Icefields Discovery Centre, and more, allowing travelers to marvel at the scenery rather than driving.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Peyto Lake is a must for first-time visitors to the Icefields Parkway and Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks.
  • It’s about a 10-minute walk from the parking lot to the lookout point.
  • There is a washroom facility near the parking lot.
  • There is a drop-off point closer to the viewing platform (via a short, level path). Follow the signs for tour buses and limited mobility access.
 
How to Get There
Peyto Lake lies about 26 miles (42 kilometers) from Lake Louise, Alberta, along the Icefields Parkway. Keep an eye out for the signs for Bow Summit. There is no public transit to the lake.

When to Get There
A large amount of snow in the winter will close the parkway, and snowstorms can make driving treacherous for even experienced winter drivers. However, the views of Peyto Lake in winter are stunning, and you will have far fewer crowds with which to contend. In the summer, arrive in the early morning or early evening to avoid tour bus traffic.
 
Best View of Peyto Lake

The Bow Summit viewing platform offers spectacular views of Peyto Lake. This easily accessible platform has a downside though: It can be very crowded. To get a less obstructed view, try walking down toward the lake via the path just past the viewing platform. Or go a little farther down the path and look for a trail on your right that leads up to another, less busy viewpoint.
Address: Improvement District No. 9, Banff, Canada
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Columbia Icefield Adventure 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Columbia Icefield Adventure 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

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Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy of the Crowfoot Glacier on this day trip around Banff and Jasper's national parks. At the edge of the Columbia Icefield, hop out to explore a small corner of the largest icefield in North America and consider an optional tour to Skywalk (*closed for the season from Oct 12th). Continue on to the shores of Bow Lake, where you can snap photos of the Waputik Range's jagged peaks, and check out the icy foot of the Crowfoot Glacier. Learn how this massive sheet of ice carved out the area's mountain-studded skyline, and then swing by Peyto Lake, whose blue-green waters seem to glow due to their high mineral content.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$112.05
Price varies by group size
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US$112.05
Price varies by group size
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Jasper National Park 2-Day Tour

Jasper National Park 2-Day Tour

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Explore the largest national park in the Rockies. At the edge of the Columbia Icefield, hop out to explore a small corner of the largest icefield in North America and consider an optional tour to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk (*closed for the season from Oct 12th), experiencing features waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting 1-kilometre walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot (280 m) drop. You will enjoy the town of Jasper’s beautiful sights, Maligne Canyon and the crystal blue waters of Maligne Lake. At Maligne Lake you have a chance to take an unforgettable cruise to Spirit Island (optional *closed for the season from Oct 12th).
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$331.05
Price varies by group size
From
US$331.05
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Rockies Special 2-Day (Banff National Park and Columbia Icefield)

Rockies Special 2-Day (Banff National Park and Columbia Icefield)

Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy around Banff and Jasper's national parks. At the edge of the Columbia Icefield, hop out to explore a small corner of the largest icefield in North America and consider an optional tour to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk (closed for the season from Oct 12th). Continue on to the shores of Bow Lake, where you can snap photos of the Waputik Range's jagged peaks, and check out the icy foot of the Crowfoot Glacier, and then swing by Peyto Lake (if closed, replaced by Waterfowl Lakes), whose blue-green waters seem to glow due to their high mineral content. From the quaint mountainside town of Banff, to the must-visit natural attraction Johnston Canyon (if closed, replaced by Lake Minnwanka). Scope out the snow-dusted peaks, misty falls, and dramatic canyons around Banff as you explore this rugged slice of Alberta with an experienced guide.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$260.76
Price varies by group size
From
US$260.76
Price varies by group size
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Rockies Classic 2-Day Tour (Yoho National Park and Columbia Icefiled)

Rockies Classic 2-Day Tour (Yoho National Park and Columbia Icefiled)

Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy around Banff and Jasper's national parks. At the edge of the Columbia Icefield, hop out to explore a small corner of the largest icefield in North America and consider an optional tour to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk (*closed for the season from Oct 12th), experiencing features waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting 1-kilometre walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot (280 m) drop. Skirt the slopes of the Continental Divide as you explore Yoho National Park and beyond with an experienced local guide. Spend time meandering along the shores of Moraine Lake's opalescent waters and examine the natural span of a river-carved bridge created over thousands of years, and also make a stop at Lake Louise to snap photos of its turquoise waters.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$265.86
Price varies by group size
From
US$265.86
Price varies by group size
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