Peyto Lake Tourist Attractions
Peyto Lake Tourist Attractions – A guide and packer of early 1900’s, Peyto Lake gets it’s beautiful turquoise green color from glacial silt which created by the Wapta Icefields and the Peyto Glacier. the lake is situated at an elevation of 1800 m in the Canadian Rockies. Peyto Lake is situated on the Icefield Perkway, about 43 km from Trans Canada-Icefields parkway interchange or about 187 km from the yellow head Icefields/highway parkway junction. When traveling to north on the parkway, turn left to reach the parking lot then hike the paved path to the lookout.
The incredible blue-green color of the lake is due to the light reflecting properties of glacial flour which flows into the lake from the Peyto glacier. Peyto Lake is situated in the Waputik valley and has 90 m depth. This lake is cold in Summer and it freezes in winter as since snow blankets the area.
One way to enjoy this lake is by hiking up to the Bow summit trail and enjoy the beautiful lake from the viewing platform. Form up there, just follow the path to the left then the trail you will see on the way to the Bow Summit Hike. A trail is also climbing down to the lake from the platform.
The lake shore can be reached from an unmarked pullout as well, about 2 km north from the Bow Summit turn off area. Tourists can admire the lake by walking along the shore line, which is perfect for picnic.
Peyto Lake lookout is famous for more of a walk than a hike, but for those who want to escape the crowds and explore further can hike to a higher viewpoint. Tourists can also hike down to this lake itself and then move towards the Peyto Glacier. From the Peyto Lake lookout keep on a few meters and find the trail which leading downwards to the lake or keep moving until finding another trail on the right which leads to an old fire road. This fire road leads to near old Bow Lake lookout. Just follow the dirt road a short distance till Peyto Lake comes into view. At this point tourists can scramble up the mountain behind for better views of the lake.
All the calendar pictures are taken from this peak is where. The better views of Peyto Lake the higher up you go. As a surprise there was no one here other than hundreds of touristsw who were trying to get a turn at the view point which is located way below. It is interesting to note that a National Parks statistic shows up to 93% of all tourist do not venture further then 1 km from their cars. Peyto Lake was name after Bill Peyto, a trail guide and historical trapper in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Tourists can see the snow blanketed lake during the winter for the viewing platform. The path which leading up to the Bow Summit can be snow shoed/hiked easily if one is putting on good snow shoeing foot wear/winter boots.
Things to do at Peyto Lake:
Fish in the lake from June 29 to October 31 (National park fishing license is required and kindly verify the season).
Hike up to the Bow Summit, which is the highest point in the Canadian Rockies as well as around the lake marveling at the color.
Enjoy the picturesque view which is the see it to believe it colored lake.