By Maria June

Peyto Lake

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III
State/Province/Region
AB
Country
CA
Nearest Area
Icefields Parkway
Town
Banff
Brief Directions

Peyto lake is easily accessed from the Icefields Parwkay in Banff.

Notes

It is a very easy and short walk from the Parking lot to the Bow Summit. Once we reached the Bow Summit, I was mesmerized by the brethtaking scenery and the turquoise color of the Lake.

Description

Peyto Lake is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The lake itself is easily accessed from the Icefields Parkway. It was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area. The lake is formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1,860 m (6,100 ft). During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise color. The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefield Parkway. The lake is fed by the Peyto Creek, which drains water from the Caldron Lake and Peyto Glacier (part of the Wapta Icefield), and flows into the Mistaya River.

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Date Added
July 1, 2013
Date Taken
January 7, 2013

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