Peyto Lake is one of the most beautiful sites in the Canadian Rockies, which is saying a lot. Fed by glaciers, sediments that flow into the lake every summer give it a highly unusual and magnificent turquoise color. Peyto Lake is one of the must-see destinations located within Canada’s Banff National Park.
The area in what is now Banff was first discovered over 10,000 years ago, and early native tribes lived in the area of the lake during much of this period. Peyto Lake was discovered by European settlers in the 19th century, and was named after Ebenezer Peyto, an explorer and guide who spent much of his life at Banff.
Peyto Lake is wedged between three mountains in the Waputik region of the Canadian Rockies. The nearby Peyto Glacier melts into Peyto Creek, which flows into the lake, which in turn flows out into the Mistaya River.
Peyto Lake is one of the highlights of Banff National Park, considered by many officianados to be the most beautiful national park in North America. The lake is easily accessible due to its proximity to the Icefields Parkway, which runs from Banff to Jasper. In addition to summer being the busiest season in general, it is in summer that the lake is at its most turquoise, and thus when it draws the greatest number of visitors. Web: www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banff (official website).