Peyto Lake Panorama Overlook [CLOSED]

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Banff National Park

Peyto Lake Panorama Overlook [CLOSED] is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.5 miElevation gain275 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingRunningForestLakePartially pavedViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsRockySnowClosed
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COVID-19 CLOSURE: As of April 2021, there are closures in this park or area due to COVID-19. For more information, please visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/covid-19-info LONG-TERM CLOSURE: As of April 2021, this area is closed due to damage. For more information, please visit: 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 province of Alberta, 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, users 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 is a stunning, pristine and vibrantly coloured lake along the Icefields Parkway drive, that is well worth stopping for. This is a popular place to stop for picnics, walks, views, and animal relief for those driving this scenic stretch of highway, so users recommend arriving earlier in the morning to beat the crowds that will spend much of the time around noon here. From the parking lot on the west side of the highway, a short paved trail leads to the wooden viewing deck which provides amazing views looking out to the lake. It is an uphill climb to the lookout, which was pretty steep in some areas as it gained considerable elevation and takes around 10-15 minutes to get there. Peyto Lake is absolutely spectacular, with the colours of the lake complemented by the surrounding mountains and pine forests. Users enjoy admiring the views and taking photos from this classic lookout spot in any season.

Peyto Lake Parking: 51.71663542257378 N -116.4985342696309 W

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Zach Herbst
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Short walk from Bow Summit parking lot. Snow is fairly well packed but I had poles and spikes as well. If you step off the path you are getting deep in it. The overlook point IS technically closed off. Can see people walked around it anyway and into lookout over the lake.

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Ash Pescott
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Hiking

Easy to walk up. The lake is covered in snow but it was really quiet.

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Hailey Sinnott
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Hiking

Very touristy vibes. The only accessible look out point was the closest lookout, which was enclosed by a fence all the way around. There was no way to avoid it having it in photos for a more natural shot. All the other look out points were washed and knee deep. Only ideal for skiers this time of year not for hikers.

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Courtney Alcock
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Hiking

Hiked to the main viewpoint but the other trails were too deep without skies or snowshoes to get to the panorama viewpoint. beautiful views!

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Adam Nelson
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Walking

Hundreds of people slowly walking up a hill to get their Instagram photo that the last 50,000 people took in the exact same spot. In all fairness, after spending most of the time in the backcountry, this is pretty overwhelming. But it all comes with the territory I suppose. Unfortunately I couldn't wait to get out of there. But if you're the type of person that's into places like Old Faithful, Avalanche Lake in GNP, Moraine Lake, etc, you'll be right at home and give this 5 stars.

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Deidra Hooper
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Snowshoeing

February 2021. This trail begins at the Bow Summit parking lot. There is several feet of snow here and the trail is not packed down. Snowshoes are necessary. The viewpoint is just 600m from the parking lot. You have to climb over the snowbanks in the parking lot to see the trail. Keep right and follow the interpretative signs. A beautiful little stop after snowshoeing on Bow Lake , just up the road. Worth the slog through the heavy snow!

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Dhaval Patel
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Hiking

Easy walk up to a breathtaking vista

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Pride of Everest User
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Scenic drivingSnow
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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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Hiking

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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Hiking

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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Hiking

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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Hiking

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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Hiking

beautiful lake and easy hike

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Aleksandra Sevcenko
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Hiking

Trail is closed for construction :(

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Rebecca Liddle
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Hiking

My favourite lake yet! Easy and quick walk

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