Peyto lake glacier Banff national park Canada Rocky Mountains turquoise green blue Alberta


Location: Banff National Park. Alberta. Canada


This is Peyto Lake, probably one the most photographed lakes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This glacier-fed lake is located in Banff National Park, in the province of Alberta (Canada), and it is formed in a valley between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1860 m (6100 ft).

In case you are wondering, no, the image has not been modified with Photoshop. That amazing turquoise color is absolutely real! During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake that unique milky blue color.

If you are planning to visit the Canadian Rockies, you have probably seen this view very often. If you want to have your own postcard of Peyto Lake, you just have to go to Bow Summit Pass. The access from Icefields Parkway is very easy, and even though there are only a couple of well-established viewpoints, the views are outstanding (the photo was taken from Bow Summit Pass)



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