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Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

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131 Reviews
Improvement District No. 9, Banff, Canada

The Basics

Along the Icefields Parkway, a scenic drive that runs through the Rocky Mountains between Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, is a stop for the Peyto Lake Lookout and the Bow Summit. Many Rocky Mountain parks tours travel this route—aptly named for the glacial icefields, notably the Columbia Icefield—between Banff and Jasper, to the Columbia Icefields, or around the Lake Louise area. Most stop along the way at Peyto Lake Lookout, the Icefields Discovery Centre, and more, allowing travelers to marvel at the scenery rather than driving.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Epic Adventure
SteveM, Jul 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Great experience. There were many stops along the way. The bus was clean and Rob was a terrific host.
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Highly recommend
Matt_W, Sep 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Robbie was awesome! We had a blast together on our honeymoon. I would definitely recommend this, tour. You get to see all the best spots around the area and don't have to worry about driving or parking.
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Awesome tour
Dolly, Aug 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Highly recommended that you go for this tour for it will save you time to see the beauty of Banff if you are staying for a limited time.
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Beyond Banff is Amazing
alex_i, Jul 2021
Private Tour for 1 to 10 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway
Rob Jr. and his father are the best guides you can find in Banff and the surrounding areas. White glove service and extremely knowledgeable.
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Recommended
Rod_M, Jul 2021
GPS-Guided Driving Tour: Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise & Jasper, Alberta
Well worth the $6. Covered all the main sites and a great selection of the lesser known. The GPS matched the sites in an area with no cell coverage, and tour works travelling either direction.
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Most convenient way to see Banff NP
Danny_C, Aug 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Robbie our guide was very personable and helpful! This is the way to go to tour Banff National Park! No parking hassles as tour buses have special parking areas. Private cars may find parking lots full and only to be turned back!
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Great usage of technology
MIRZAAZIZ_B, Jul 2021
GPS-Guided Driving Tour: Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise & Jasper, Alberta
Wonderful experience, never Imagined it could be such a great experience initially I was reluctant to take the service but now I can tell you have to give a try and experience it
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Robbie is THE MAN
Marie_J, Aug 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Absolutely amazing trip! Our tour guide, Robbie, was all around a great guy. Our group was an excellent bunch but we would not have been able to enjoy ourselves as much as we did without Robbie. His lighthearted spirit made it feel like we were just travelling with an old friend. We spent like 9hours with him and saw so many gorgeous sites including Lake Louise, Lake Moraine, and Bow Glacier (among many others). 10/10 recommend.
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Stunning views.
Maha_I, Aug 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Great view points! Did not feel rushed. Perhaps a packed lunch with drinks to go is a good idea. When we stopped for lunch most places had run out of food or had long lines!
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If you've never done this before, do it
Abdeali_D, Aug 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Robby was a fantastic guide. 100% would recommend if you want a day full of great sights. Lake Moraine was my favourite part of the trip and Robby supported my parents on the hike up.
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Great experience even in the rain!
campbellkayla, Aug 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Highly recommend! It was a long day but a great one. Even with the cold and rainy weather, Robbie was laidback but helpful and informative. He quickly changed up our itinerary to suit the weather conditions and we made the most of it! Lunch options are a bit limited though so my advice is to also pack a snack!
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Lake louise day trip
Stephanie_G, Aug 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Lake moraine absolutely stunning!!Robby the tour guide was very informative, and funny! Its a full day tour stopping for lunch and the day flew by! So much to see and a small hike , although heart pumping to see yet another beautiful view!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Peyto Lake is a must for first-time visitors to the Icefields Parkway and Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks.

  • It’s about a 10-minute walk from the parking lot to the lookout point.

  • There is a washroom facility near the parking lot.

  • There is a drop-off point closer to the viewing platform (via a short, level path). Follow the signs for tour buses and limited mobility access.

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How to Get There

Peyto Lake lies about 26 miles (42 kilometers) from Lake Louise, Alberta, along the Icefields Parkway. Keep an eye out for the signs for Bow Summit. There is no public transit to the lake.

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When to Get There

A large amount of snow in the winter will close the parkway, and snowstorms can make driving treacherous for even experienced winter drivers. However, the views of Peyto Lake in winter are stunning, and you will have far fewer crowds with which to contend. In the summer, arrive in the early morning or early evening to avoid tour bus traffic.

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Best View of Peyto Lake

The Bow Summit viewing platform offers spectacular views of Peyto Lake. This easily accessible platform has a downside though: It can be very crowded. To get a less obstructed view, try walking down toward the lake via the path just past the viewing platform. Or go a little farther down the path and look for a trail on your right that leads up to another, less busy viewpoint.

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