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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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

16 minutes ago

Go early to miss crowds

hiking
1 day ago

Short hike that ends in one of the best views in the entire park.

hiking
9 days ago

The most unreal views I’ve ever seen but a little too crowded for me. Try going early or later in the day, take side trails off the main path and hike down below the wooden overlook to escape the crowd.

walking
9 days ago

Very nice view at the end of a short walk, but so, so crowded.

hiking
17 days ago

Stunning views of Peyto Lake but insanely crowded. Expect to bring all of your patience when battling for parking or views at the overlook. Walk down just below the overlook for the same view with much less people. The view of the lake and glacier above make this quick hike worth it.

21 days ago

The trail gives you a much better view of the lake...away from the crowds!

26 days ago

Trail was awesome the view is amazing and super easy and laid back

1 month ago

Incredible views from the end of the trail. Worth doing despite crowds.

1 month ago

10/10 views. Paved, very short trail with steep incline to the look out. Bathrooms in the parking lot. SOOO many people acting like fools.

1 month ago

Nice easy hike up a paved trail leading to an overpopulated wooden lookout. For an even better view with no one in your way, leave behind the crowds and continue on to a three-way junction. Left leads to the upper bus parking lot while the right and middle trails continue on to a Forest loop. Take the middle trail and continue on for about a kilometre where you will run into an unmarked dirt trail on your left. Take this switchback trail up to an amazing lookout with no one around. It’s well worth it, trust me.

hiking
1 month ago

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the Rockies. The short uphill trail can get quite busy. But the view at the top is incredible.

1 month ago

Busy and people just stomp all over vegetation to get a good picture. Beautiful views.

1 month ago

Super easy walk to this I went off the paved trail because let’s be real it’s no trail when shits paved. Cool views from higher of the mountains and lake! Tour buses come here so be aware you’ll have a ton of people get in your views and pictures. Cool spot but less crowded than the other famous lakes.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
3 months ago

Best effort vs value

hiking
4 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!

5 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.

5 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
8 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
10 months ago

Really nice hike and views

hiking
10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

Beautiful trail view panoramic views of Peyto Lake and the Glacier

11 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.

11 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

Friday, August 04, 2017

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
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

An absolute must do. Most breathtaking scenery in Canada!

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