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Peyto Lake Overlook and Bow Pass Summit

Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

4.9/5
based on 10 reviews

Details

Distance

4.22 miles

Elevation Gain

863 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Brenda Lin

Heading out to Peyto Lake Overlook and Bow Pass Summit leads to breathtaking views of a glacier fed lake. This roundtrip out-and-back hike takes 2-3 hours and offers one of the best views in the Canadian Rockies.

Peyto Lake is a scenic location on the Icefields Parkway about 40 km (25 miles) north of the town of Lake Louise. Access to the viewing area for this magnificent area is immediately off the parkway and is well signposted.

From the parking lot at Bow Summit, a short paved trail leads to one of the most breathtaking views you could ever imagine. Skip the viewpoint wooden balcony where hoards of tourists are common during the busy summer season. Instead, follow the paved use trail straight ahead where eventually it meets the dirt trail into the forest.

Upon climbing the short 1.9 mile distance to the viewing point you are greeted by what many consider to be one of the best views in Canada. The lake is located in a convergence of valleys surrounded by magestic mountains and rich forests. The lake system is fed from the Peyto Glacier to the left of the view point and this gives the lake a magnificent blue color in the summer months due to the mineral content. This glacier is part of the extensive Wapta Icefield, which straddles the Continental Divide and extends into the northern reaches of Yoho National Park in British Columbia.

Grab a snack and take it all in. With views this magestic, you may not want to leave! But alas, if you must, retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

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Reviews

Peyto Lake is a must-see if you're driving through the Icefields Parkway. It's a pretty short, easy hike that spits you out overlooking Peyto Lake. This is by far the bluest lake I have ever seen. It doesn't seem real even in person. It's a pretty busy spot but don't let that deter you from going.

Everyone has seen a picture of Peyto Lake, but seeing it in person doesn't compare. We went when the lake was still covered in snow, but it was still an incredible view. The hike to the overlook wasn't crowded and it was awesome to see how much snow the area had received. I will definitely make another trip when the lake has thawed out.

Love visiting Peyto lake, the view never gets old, in fact the characteristics of the surrounding scenery is always so dynamic shedding a different light on the lake each time. Just visited last weekend, trail was snow packed and icy. I'd recommend some traction aids for the winter season, happy trekking!!

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