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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

Even though Lake Louise is gorgeous and most definitely worthy of a visit, don't forget to see Peyto Lake. This amazing lake can be found in the Waputik Range valley at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, at an elevation of 6,100 feet.

It was named after Bill Peyto, who was a trail guide and a trapper in the area of Banff. The lake is about 1.7 miles long, can be accessed from the Icefields Parkway, is fed by Peyto Creek and flows into Mistaya River.

Embedded by lush, green forests and rugged mountain peaks, Peyto Lake will give you a bright, turquoise- colored view which you are not likely to forget and only may have seen on postcards. This brilliant color comes from all the rock flour from Peyto Glacier which flows into the lake during the summer months.

To get the best view and take some jaw-dropping pictures, follow the Icefields Parkway and stop at Bow Summit. This is the highest point on this road which you can reach by vehicle, but not the highest point for getting a good look at the lake; for that, you have to follow the trail to the overlook.

Be aware though that this is a steep hike, but the reward is a stunning view!

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