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Peyto Lake Panorama Overlook [CLOSED]

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Banff National Park

Peyto Lake Panorama Overlook [CLOSED] is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Field, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 377 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Nature trips Walking Forest Lake Partially paved Views Wildlife Bugs Rocky Snow Closed
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NOTE: As of July 2020, users have reported that this trail is closed due to construction. Please check with the park for more information: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/randonee-hiking/93N#bow Peyto Lake Trail is a short hike that offers scenic views of Peyto Lake located in the provence of Alberta Canada, near the border of British Columbia. Peyto Lake is a stunning turquoise colored lake fed from Peyto Glacier. This is a great family-friendly hike suitable for all skill levels. The short trip uphill to the scenic Peyto Lake Overlook can be accessed off of Icefields Parkway, north of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Peyto Lake sits between Yoho National Park and Jasper National Park. Once at the top, you will look out onto spectacular views of Bow Lake and the glacier to the west, Peyto Lake, and the Canadian Rockies. Peyto Lake is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the rockies and attracts large crowds, especially in the summer months. It is best to get there early in the morning if you are planning to visit in the summer

Peyto Lake Parking: 51.71663542257378 N -116.4985342696309 W

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shaon B
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HikingGreat!

It was a little difficult for my toddler ( some sections were steep) but we managed .. amazing views.

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Roxanne Poulin
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HikingGreat!
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Darth Wolverine
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Saw some Squirrels.

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Rishi Bhatt
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Done this trail several times before, and in good weather conditions is pretty good. We did it in May once, and the trail was covered in knee-deep snow. Rainy weather will also make the trail quite muddy. The view of Peyto Lake in gorgeous, so worth doing it in any weather.

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Rabia Tariq
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51°44'07.6"N 116°30'23.6"W Peyto Lake trail to Base - unmarked trail, pull off past look outpoint on highway 51°44'27.7"N 116°30'45.9"W pull off

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Jon Reaves
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This is worthwhile for sure and go early to beat the crowds. It's an easy walk from the parking lot and provides that iconic view of Peyto Lake from the postcards. HOWEVER, The area is currently closed (June 2020) and has been since last autumn for construction. It is illegal to enter and it's currently barricaded off. People are attempting to go anyway. Please do not do this, there are plenty of other nearby areas that are just as awesome without having to break the rules and ruin it for the rest of us. I last completed this hike in 2019.

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Carola Bylsma
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Beautiful view, you have to stop and do this little hike, the color of the lake is beautiful. Done in 2018

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JareJae Pro
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Closed
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Shannon L
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Really great hike! The first portion of the hike to the overlook is paved and very crowded. If you hike a little higher up the nature trail/fire road you get awesome views with minimal crowds. Beautiful views of the lake and glacier. We hiked this in July/August 2018.

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Stuti Vora
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Absolutely stunning! - July 2018

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Patricia Müller
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Glück gehabt und wenige Tage vor Beginn der Bauarbeiten dort gewesen. Es ist ein traumhafter Ausblick über den See. Mehr gibt es nicht zu sagen. Einfach wundervoll.

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justine luçon
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Comment peut on admirer le lac peyto durant la fermeture de ce sentier? Je compte venir en juillet 2020, avec un enfant de 3 ans. merci d'avance

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Amy Lausch
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Trail closed - October 15, 2019

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Satit Jan
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I passed the area on Oct 12. I didn't hike because of the construction. Just to tell that I saw 4 cars parked on the highway even the entrance was not plowed and full of snow. One of these car are ranger patrol car and I saw the ranger was talking with some visitors and seemed they are in trouble! Will definitely come back after renovation finish in 2021

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Gillian Zhao
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beautiful lake and easy hike

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Aleksandra Sevcenko
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Trail is closed for construction :(

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Rebecca Liddle
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My favourite lake yet! Easy and quick walk

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Steve Curry
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Was driving the parkway, had read that Peyto was closed for renovations, but there were probably 20 cars parked on the highway and the gate had been opened despite multiple signs saying “do not enter” were posted. We followed the disallowed crowd and was glad, because the color of this lake was the most intense I’ve seen here. Easy, even my close to 70 parents could do. There is and extra walk from the highway to the trailhead, but easy, all paved.

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Justine Sbl
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Short little walk, very busy.

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Lina Koller
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I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a short little walk. Super easy and only takes a few minutes. There were lots of people but absolutely stunning.

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Kimberly Williams Smith
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Beautiful even on a cloudy day. Today (sept 15 2019) was the last day it was open for the season as Parks Canada is doing renovations.

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Courtney Lata
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You’ll never see a lake quite like this ever!!! Definitely worth the extra drive time if it’s out of your way. So gorgeous and the small short hike getting there is easy and well groomed! It’s a must see!

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Kelsey Rast
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Heavily trafficked and nearly straight uphill, but it's all paved and the view of the lake is spectacular. But it's also so heavily trafficked you have to fight for a viewing spot unless you go at a time that nobody else is there.

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Brittany Burge
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hike was way shorter than I had expected but still an amazing view!! completed September 6 and arrived around 7am. Trail was already busy with a handful of vehicles already parked. Sat up at the top and relaxed for just under two hours waiting for the sun to poke around. By the time we got back to the truck the parking lot was full of vehicles with multiple buses aswell. If you’re wanting a quiet hike I definitely recommend going earlier rather than later.

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sarah hayduk
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Not much of a hike but man is this lake beautiful!! Even with crowds we were able to enjoy it!

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