Peyto Lake Canada

Peyto Lake Canada

Peyto Lake Canada

Astounding doesn’t quite convey the staggering beauty that greets me as I step onto the viewing platform. Surreal turquoise coloured water, spectacular mountains rising from the valley, stunning panoramic vistas span every direction. If heaven has an advertising poster this would be its image. Fifty two years of life and never have I gazed upon such a breathtaking landscape. Peyto Lake is etched indelibly in my mind. For this reason I would urge everyone to visit this amazing lake, if you get the opportunity. You will not be disappointed.

carolyn in awe of peyto lake travel is sweet

Peyto Lake is named after an early trapper and trail guide from the Banff area Bill Peyto. It lies between Mount Jimmy Simpson, Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and sits 1860 metres above sea level. Measuring 2.8 kilometres long by 800 metres wide it is fed mainly by Peyto Creek which gets water from Peyto Glazier. In the summer months glazier rock flour flows into the lake in substantial amounts. Hence, these rock particles give the lake its amazing bright turquoise colour. Peyto Lake’s outflow is also the head of Mistaya River. Bow Summit is the highest point on the Icefields Parkway and is the best vantage point to view Peyto Lake.

Getting to Peyto Lake

Lake Peyto is situated in the heart of Banff National Park Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. To access Bow Summit car park, you will need to travel along the AB-93 Icefields Parkway. Travel south from Jasper 188 kilometres or 43 kilometres north from Lake Louise to reach the entrance. Once on the access road there are two car parks. If you travel to the end of the access road there is a limited amount of car spots but the walk to the viewing platform is relatively flat and easy. However, parking at the lower car park you will find lots of parking spots and 2 bio toilets.

peyto lake trail travel is sweet

Although, the walk/hike of approximately 1.5 kilometres to the viewing platform is taxing. So long as you are fit this inclined walk will be no problems. For those that are elderly or unfit it will be about 30 minutes, including shorts stops to catch your breath. For this reason, my suggestion is to check for available spots in the top car park or drop off elderly or unfit passages here. Another key point, both top and bottom trails are paved. However, proper walking shoes are a must, particularly when the snow and ice start to melt.

mum and dad going down trail peyto lake

Important Info

Best Time to Visit: in general, as with most popular tourist attractions Peyto Lake gets very busy. Arriving early before 10 am or late afternoon will help you avoid the crowds and tour buses. It is open all year round with summer being the busiest period. However, any time of year will give you a stunning vista. Although, you will need to be careful on the walk, in winter.

Fees: Peyto Lake is situated in Banff National Park and therefore park fees are required. Current fees can be located at Parks Canada website. As an illustration, we were in the park for 6 nights and had a car with four Adults and it cost us $120 CAD (May 2018). However, if you are on a tour into Banff National Park these fees should be included in your tour.

Amenities: There are 2 bio toilets located at the bottom car park. However, there are no shops, so make sure you bring water and food should you require it. As a matter of fact, the closest lodging is 6.5 kilometres south called Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. Otherwise more lodging and shops can be found at Lake Louise.

Quick Tip Guide

  • Arrive early before 10am to afford crowds or late afternoon
  • Bring water and food as there are no shops.
  • Wear proper walking shoes
  • Pack for different weather conditions as it can change quickly.
  • Carry bug spray as the bugs can be very friendly.
  • Try to park at the top car park limited spaces.
  • Be prepared for a steep climb from bottom car park.

Join Us

We would love for you to follow our exciting journey by joining our friends list here on our website and following us on our social media pages below.

If you have any comments or questions we would love you to leave them below or email us.

Take care

Andrew & Carolyn

Travel is Sweet (Dream It, Experience It, Treasure It)

Home » Canada

Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
Disclosure: "Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission."

Booking.com
Super Star Blogging
Register Your Domain Name
Live Chat Software
My Top Five

My Top Five

My Top Five !!!!!

Canada has always been a bucket list destination of ours not only because of the spectacular scenery. Also, there was the chance of capturing my big 5 list (bear, wolf, bald eagle, moose and caribou) on camera. Albeit the chances of capturing these animals in the 3 weeks we had in Canada, I knew might be challenging. However, you never know your luck!!!

caution-bears

Caution Bears

 

With all eyes peeled from the car for any signs of the big 5. We were leaving no stone unturned in our quest to grab those elusive shots I was after. The kilometres passed, multitude of animal crossing signs and blurry eyes. Lots of what’s that, there’s one oh….wait no it’s not and not even a bit of fur did we see. We were beginning to think that all the hype of wildlife was a fantasy. Furthermore, we would likely come home with zero pictures of the top 5.

bald-eagle-canada

Bald Eagle at The Raptors

 

Did I mention the scenery? WOW from majestic mountains to incredible lakes it was hard to be disappointed at the lack of wildlife. Every turn, every hill crest, every bridge we were mesmerised and then BAM…… “look there’s a bear”.
Where, where!! were the cries. Up ahead the outline of a bear on the verge next to the road. About 3 cars had already pulled over to watch this magnificent animal graze on the vegetation. Fifteen minutes later and loads of images shot we decided to move on. Allowing others to grab some pictures of this amazing animal.

Canada Bear….. Tick

“One down four to go” hopefully it would not take as long to encounter the next on our list. Jasper turned out to be a haven for wildlife, albeit not the species I was after, but nevertheless worthy of a good captured image. Birds of prey had been flying overhead for most of the trip but too high to photograph, fortunately we made a stop at “The Raptors” wildlife park, where I was able to take some wonderful images of the Bald Eagles. Yes…….. two of five captured life is good 😊.

bighorn-sheep-medicine-lake

Bighorn Sheep at Medicine Lake

 

Question now was ….. would I succeed and shoot my last three animals, or would it be, that another trip to Canada would be required? The latter was looking more and more likely. We had yet to encounter a wolf, caribou or moose, but we hadn’t lost hope. A moose was spotted via binoculars and we were able to capture an image. Unfortunately, you could barely make it out, so I couldn’t really count that. However, we were graced with an abundance of chipmunks, marmots, squirrels, deer and a herd of Bighorn Sheep which was not to be sneezed at but lacked the punch of my last three.

chipmunk

Chipmunk near lake in Canada

Still Searching!!!!

So, after three weeks and countless kilometres driven, still three of my top five animals were yet to be immortalised on my cameras digital sensor. Thus, another trip to Canada will need to be planned with the expectations of completing the mission started in 2018. Canada be prepared for the return of one hopeful photographer and his dream of capturing his top 5.

deer-at-sun-peaks

Deer on road to Sun Peaks

 

We would love for you to follow our exciting journey by joining our friends list here on our website and following us on our social media pages below.

If you have any comments or questions we would love you to leave them below or email us.

Take care

Andrew & Carolyn

Travel is Sweet (Dream It, Experience It, Treasure It)

Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
Disclosure: "Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission."

Booking.com
Super Star Blogging
Register Your Domain Name
Live Chat Software