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Peyto Lake
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This glacial lake draws visitors for its turquoise waters and surrounding mountain scenery.

Peyto Lake is one of the most popular attractions in Banff National Park. It turns aqua blue in summer, creating a beautiful sight as the water is surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

The lookout high above the lake is the best place to see the water. Not many visitors hike down to the lake itself. There’s a car park just off the highway, and it’s a 10 to 15 minute walk to the lookout. The trail is paved and suitable for just about any fitness level. A second car park closer to the lookout is for tourist buses and disabled parking.

The lake is 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Lake Louise, and about 63 miles (100 kilometers) north of Banff. Rent a car from either town and drive the scenic Icefields Parkway. Several tour companies run day trips through the National Park, and most include a stop at Peyto Lake Lookout.

Enjoy the uninterrupted views across snow-capped peaks, valleys, forests and the lake from the wooden viewing platform suspended over the edge of the mountain.

The lake is fed by glaciers. Rock particles enter the water when the glaciers melt in summer, which gives the water its turquoise color. The view is still worth the trip in winter, when the lake freezes over and the landscape is covered with snow.

Tourist buses bring big crowds to the lookout in summer. Sometimes it can be hard to even get a foot on the viewing platform. Come before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to avoid the rush. Otherwise, continue on past the lookout. A 2-mile (3-kilometer) trail leads to Bow Summit Lookout. Fewer people take this route, so it’s less crowded, and there are some great photo opportunities.

A second trail leads from the Peyto Lake Lookout down to the lake. You’ll need several hours to attempt the return hike.

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HI-Mosquito Creek Hostel
HI-Mosquito Creek Hostel
1 out of 5
Highway 93, Bow Lake, AB
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Situated in Bow Lake, this hostel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Icefields Parkway and within 12 mi (20 km) of Peyto Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. Lake Louise Mountain ...

3.8/5Good! (6 reviews)

"I had a good experience , Ian was up late and was bale to check me in after 10. He gave me a good rundown of where everything was at .He gave me some good tips on where to get food , gas and where and when to see sites and good hiking spots. The cabin was very clean and so was the bathroom ."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 11, 2018

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Emerald Lake Lodge
Emerald Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Emerald Lake Road, Field, BC
The price is CA $149 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

Situated on a lake, this romantic hotel is 10.7 mi (17.3 km) from Upper Spiral Tunnel Scenic Viewpoint and 11.3 mi (18.1 km) from Lower Spiral Tunnel Scenic ...

4.2/5Very Good! (987 reviews)

"Truly felt like a winter wonderland. The scenery was gorgeous;"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2021

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Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
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The price is CA $118 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains within 3 mi (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, ...

4/5Very Good! (1,812 reviews)

"The bathroom was my favorite after a day on the hill, jetted tub and nice rainfall shower. The kitchen was great as well. No oven, however the convection oven/toaster oven worked great for what we needed. It was perfect, great renos."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

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HI-Mosquito Creek Hostel
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1 out of 5
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The price is CA $149 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18
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3 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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2.5 out of 5
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2 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
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3 out of 5
109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
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2.5 out of 5
105 Lake Louise Drive, Box 7, Lake Louise, AB
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