Why Peyto Lake Is My Favourite In Canada

Peyto Lake is my favourite lake in Canada. This beautiful body of water is one of many amid the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park. For me, more popular lakes such as Lake Louise and Moraine Lake did not compare.

What is so great about Peyto? Well, for starters, it’s absolutely, mind-bogglingly, ridiculously, unbelievably, overwhelmingly, breathtakingly pretty.

This was one of the final stops on a full-day road trip in the Canadian Rockies that I went on with a couple of travel friends.

I didn’t think it could get any better than the turquoise Emerald Lake or the picture-perfect Moraine Lake.

But Peyto was a pleasant surprise.

It was beginning to get dark when we arrived and the lighting cast incredible shadows over the lake and surrounding mountains.

We were just about to be on our way when there was an exciting twist of fate. We got chatting to a local couple who recommended we take the short hike off the main path that led all of the way down to the lake. I’m so glad that we took their advice.

Being down at lake level was a completely different perspective to the look-out point above.

 We felt free and exhilarated.

Who doesn’t love a good jumping photo? Although, I’m hardly lifting off the ground here!

It got crazier as we decided to leap across streams in order to get as far out as possible.

Before the hike back, we set the timer and got one last shot of the three of us looking happy to be in such a beautiful place.

If you ever visit Peyto Lake, take the hike down to lake level. It takes around 20 minutes there and 30 minutes back (due to it being uphill) and is definitely worth it.

Have you been to Peyto Lake or any other lakes in Canada? Do you have a favourite?


  1. November 11, 2012 / 19:06

    Yes, you do look like 3 happy travelers. I haven’t been to Peyto Lake, but it looks gorgeous from your photos. A hike there would be very nice.
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    • November 19, 2012 / 11:32

      Thanks Cathy, it’s a lovely hike but exhausting on the way back as all uphill. It was a workout an a half.

    • November 19, 2012 / 11:34

      It’s crazy how much the colours changed depending on the perspective.

  2. November 30, 2012 / 22:17

    Neat. I like the multi colors of the lake. Was the a mudflat in the second picture?

    Looks like a neat hike though.
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