Peyto Lake Panorama Overlook

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Peyto Lake Panorama Overlook is a 2.7 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
115 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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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

hiking
5 days ago

We stopped by real quick just to take pictures at the viewpoint in April 2017. Although the lake was still frozen over solid, it was majestic.

hiking
10 days ago

Quick hike on a paved path with a huge payoff! This is a very busy trail.

hiking
16 days ago

May 31st, 2018. I went up the scramble for the view, but would recommend going down to the base of the lake and then into the valley behind it. Truly incredible. I was completely alone and felt like I was on another planet. The rock/cliff formations back there, with the streams running along side is just mind blowing. From the base of the lake, it’s about an hour all the way in, and once inside that valley, it feels like you’re in Lord of the Rings. There’s a small rock/cliff waterfall thats eerily cool, and I’d recommend climbing above it for a great perspective. Highly recommended to go into the valley. What a treat!!

hiking
1 month ago

Best effort vs value

hiking
2 months ago

This place is sooooo crowded, and it's not a hike. I'm usually doing 20 miles a day, so this is a joke. ... Still, I have to admit this might be the single most beautiful thing I've seen in Banff. Don't skip that for anything else, trust me!

3 months ago

Beautiful view point. We wanted to see how far we could get to summit but with only crampons and no snow shoes we didn't make it very far as we frequently sunk to our waist's into the snow when trying to venture onto the path that the cross country skiers took. The walking trails did not extend very far up the mountain.

3 months ago

It is difficult to find out the road to the lake due to limited sign. Recommended consult ppl before hiking, definitely worth for it. 5 stars

hiking
6 months ago

A short stroll to a spectacular view, not to miss if you travel along the Icefield Parkway!
Peyto Lake (pea-toe) is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park. The lake was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area. The lake is formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1,860 m (6,100 ft). During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise color. The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefield Parkway.

hiking
8 months ago

Really nice hike and views

hiking
8 months ago

Incredible view. Short walk on paved road. Lots of people it worth it.

9 months ago

This is a great short track to an amazing view point. Go early to avoid the crowds.

hiking
9 months ago

short hike, difficult to find the place but finally got there... that was so beautiful that I couldn't leave!!

9 months ago

Beautiful trail view panoramic views of Peyto Lake and the Glacier

9 months ago

Super easy "hike" to spectacular lookout. Keep going up to get away from the crazy crowds. Depending on the trail you take, you could travel through a nice little meadow. At the top you can look out onto Bow Lake. The entire hike is easy. Nice clean trails.

9 months ago

Path not clearly marked but you figure it out along the way, just head up! Very short and easy, nice view with less tourists! Maybe 45 min round

10 months ago

One of the most beautiful overlooks on the planet! Hiked it the first week in July on a cloudless day. Once you get past the tourist overlook where most everyone stops to "Oooo" and "Ahhh," and then hike further to the good stuff at the rocky overlook, it's pay-dirt! Fairly easy trail on which we saw few hikers after the tourist overlook.

walking
10 months ago

An absolute must do. Most breathtaking scenery in Canada!

10 months ago

skip the first lookout and head to the ones higher up - alot less people so can enjoy the view..

hiking
10 months ago

Can be a very busy overlook platform if you get there after 9 am. If you want to enjoy the lake in peace, take the trail down to the base of the lake and end up on the delta at the left hand side of the lake.
Starting from the viewing platform, turn around so that the lake is behind you. Take the paved trail on the right until the wooden railing ends. Go another 50 feet or so and you will see a small dirt path on your right that heads downhill. It's a little over a mile down but it's VERY steep so be ready for a workout on the way back up.

11 months ago

Best view!

11 months ago

There are a lot of beautiful lakes in Alberta but don't miss Peyto Lake! It's a short uphill walk to spectacular views of the lake. You can see the lake, mountains beyond, as well as a glacier. The path is heavily trafficked in the summer with lots of tourists. There's plenty of room to enjoy the lake you may have to hike a bit and find a spot. No bad views!

hiking
11 months ago

Easy fast hike but neat lake

hiking
11 months ago

Very easy, quick walk to an amazing lookout point

The lake is Beautiful

11 months ago

Amazing

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

Beautifull blue lake! It's a must see! The wood deck is over crowded. The upper left trail will bring you to a rocky ridge. From there, you get a gorgeous view! Much less crowded... we made it on June 5th and there was a lotttt of snow. Don't wear sandals ;)

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

When I went in late May, the trail was completely covered in snow or ice. Very slippery, but ultimately well worth the effort of getting there. It is an easy and short hike during the summer I'm sure. Peyto Lake is amazingly blue and beautiful. It was mostly frozen when I was there, but it was stunning. Highly recommended!

hiking
Thursday, December 08, 2016

Beautiful spot, great views of what must be one of the most photographed lakes in the Canadian Rockies. It gets quite crowded at the lower viewpoint though. Easy hike to the upper viewpoint.

walking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

one of my most favorite lookouts in banff!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Easy hike. Beautiful scenery

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