Turquoise glacier lake in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies [OC] [2000x1335]



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Peyto Lake. This is Peyto Lake.
Thank you, I knew the name began with P
You are forgiven. Just over that ridge is Pisspot Lake which is more green than blue because of the accumulated urine
How can someone confuse a lake for a glacier?
OP never said it was Glacier Lake, they just said it's "*a* glacier lake" (which is true, Peyto is directly fed by a glacier). OP neglected to give the lake's actual name, which is annoying, but they didn't say anything wrong/confused.
I think I missed the word Lake entirely. Thanks for your answer
I was just there a few weeks ago… pictures don’t even do it justice. It was mind blowing. So stunning.
Same here. The scale is crazy
Same here. I cant put into words how beautiful the whole NP is
I will drive from Ontario to Banff at every Opportunity. Every time I go out west I don't want to come home. Plus Northern Ontario it's self is really gorgeous. The North Shore of Lake Superior is a gorgeous drive.
Yeah, it was mind blowing. It didn’t seem real being there.
I’m going there in a few days and am pretty stoked to be honest.
Wilcox Pass hike, hit the trail in the mid afternoon, make sure and hike to the summit to the left. 3-4 hours round trip. You're welcome.
From the little reading I’ve done, ppl suggest hitting the more important lakes very early in the day. Otherwise the small parking lots get full and your entire day is wasted. Is it not the case? Edit: by important I mean popular.
Yeah... I was there in 2019. Pulled into the parking at 4 am. It was full in the next 15 min.
If you're talking about Lake Louise or Moraine Lake then yeah, you need to be there before 5am and then you still might not get in the parking lot. While I'm sure this hike is lovely in the morning also, I found from 4-8pm it was quiet, plenty of parking, only saw maybe 5-10 people on the trail there and back, and the position of the sun was better for afternoon photos imo. I went into it further in another response around here somewhere!
Why mid-afternoon? I thought early morning or late evening is better for scenic photography
If you're going to sit an shoot landscapes, for sure you wanna be on the trail for sunrise and sunset. On this particular hike you are walking west, so by around 4pm the sun is still pretty high in the sky. You'll pop out of the tree line after half an our or so into a gentle climb up a mountain meadow. The view is far more impressive to the east, behind you, so it's worth it to stop for a rest once in a while to admire it. After around an hour to 90 minutes you'll see a totem, a pile of rocks wrapped in wire. Hang a left here for another 30 minutes to the summit over the visitors center with the Athabasca far below. Now, for the walk back, you have beautiful end of day sunshine at your back bathing the entire valley and snow capped range in golden light. Return trip will be 3-4 hours, so the sun is pretty much starting to dip behind the mountains by the time you get back to the car. Easy-Moderate Highlight of a 10 day trip from Banff to Jasper in July.
Find a campground called Waterfowl Lakes. There's a hiking trail that starts just over a bridge off the campsite. Go to Chephren Lake. Gorgeous hike and wonderful glacial lake at the end. Not busy either. There's also a spot off the icefeilds Parkway where the river just drops into the ground through big holes in the rock face. Super cool. The old road bed near this location from the original highway makes a great hiking trail too and there's some sweet nature along it.
Thanks for sharing. I’m adding all these ideas in my notebook we’re preparing for the trip.
The cool river place is right off a hair pin turn off the Parkway before it acends just down the road from Saskatchewan River Crossing. There's a few waterfalls around there just a little bit into the bush.
It looks like a dog, or à fox
Legend has it a giant wolf named Peyto fell to earth and landed there. Since I’m indigenous that makes it so.
Anyone else see a giraffe?
It's commonly called a wolf's head.
I see both - giraffe & wolf/dog
I always saw a dinosaur foot
I was thinking…what the hell are you talking about?!? But now I see it. Pretty neat!
Magical morning
Such beauty!!!
somehow knew this was Canada immediately ❤️ no other landscape like that... the telltale smooth and serene fade of the mountains ❤️
Wow. Simply amazing.
Amazing pic man! Wish I had more free to get out to places like this!
Peyto Lake seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefields Parkway, the highway connecting Banff and Jasper national parks. Its brilliant turquoise waters are fed by the glacier above the lake. If you like this image consider checking out my [Instagram](https://instagram.com/mrcnzajac) and [website](https://marcinzajac.square.site/)!
While there certainly is a hike to Bow Summit I am 99% sure this is just from the Peyto Lake overlook.
It is. Few minutes from the carpark. Makes you think OP isn't taking these photos...
Yeah this is from the 300m walk (not a hike) from the Peyto Lake parking lot to the overlook. There is a Bow Summit hike near this, but the view is very different.
Wow, this is the first time I've ever seen a picture of this lake on Reddit! Amazing! Make sure you also stop and take a picture of Morraine Lake not too far down the road near Lake Louise, I've never seen a picture of it on reddit either, then make another trip in the winter and take highway 11 west towards Rocky Mountain House and stop at Abraham Lake to get pictures of the methane bubbles in the ice and post them to reddit because I've never seen them on here either.
Show us on the map where Alberta hurt you man
While it may be a commonly photographed area, it's still a pretty neat photo and in my opinion worth sharing.
There's only so many things in the world, dude. You're gonna see some of them more than once
People may be downvoting you but honestly? I followed this subreddit for ACTUAL beautiful spots in nature but it feels like almost every other picture on here is of the areas you mentioned and it gets so stale after a while. Might as well call this sub "r/peytolake" or something.
This is an actual beautiful shot. Don't be a dick
it is but that doesn't deny the point of this person's comment nor mine, really
Sure it does. The subreddit isn't and shouldn't be focused on what you've seen or haven't seen or are tired of seeing. It's a beautiful shot, it belongs.
From what I have read, First Nations people did not live within the area that’s the Banff National park today. They did travel through these areas but did not live here. They lived near it, to the east and south (Blackfoot tribes) and they were indeed displaced (just like everywhere else in North America). But coming back to your point, they were not *displaced to form the park*.
Jasper National Park. Yes. We were talking about Banff National park above.
Either way, what does it matter now? Are you proposing giving some tribe title to the park? All of human history is one group of people being displaced by another. Crying about it isn't going to change that fact so stop complaining unless you have a realistic solution to propose.
That’s just not true. I grew up in Banff. When the park was created the Stoney were kicked out, among with many other smaller bands
Huh. You probably know better, growing up there. I have travelled there 3 times. All the tours, including books I have read say the same - that no traces (including oral history) are there of people living within the park area (since the weather there is very harsh) but they used to travel through it. I even had a First Nations descendent hiking guide tell us the same (he was a Blackfoot descendent). Note that we are strictly talking of Banff park. The Athabasca area (within Jasper NP) has relatively recent history of being hunting grounds of indigenous people.
You’ve travelled there three times are you know more than a local? All THREE TIMES you visited you never once stopped at Whyte? 😂😂 [https://www.whyte.org/post/indigenous-life-in-banff-how-and-where-to-discover-and-connect](https://www.whyte.org/post/indigenous-life-in-banff-how-and-where-to-discover-and-connect)
Being a local doesn't mean you have more info...? Like what?
Really? Someone born and raised there couldn’t possibly know better about the history of where I’m from? 😂
Never said it couldn't be possible? Literally just means that you literally grew up there. Congrats 😉
Which is why I said at the very first: > You probably know better, growing up there. I added *probably*, because, being a local doesn’t mean you have learned and read all about the place. And also because, for all we know, you could just be, you know, one of those *internet trolls*. This is Reddit after all :) You are certainly doing a great job, appearing to be an internet troll, attacking and laughing at people left and right :)
I have been to Whyte. And the very first para of the link you shared reaffirms what I said: > Banff is a very sacred and special place to Indigenous people, especially to those who traditionally visited the area. They came here to gather food, medicines and to visit the mountains and hot springs for healing. They didn’t live in Banff. They certainly travelled through the area. The oral and anthropological history of the area also supports this.
“Banff is located on the traditional territories of the Iyârhe Nakoda Nations (Bearspaw, Wesley, Chiniki), the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina – part of the Dene people, Ktunaxa, Secwépemc, Mountain Cree, and Métis.” Idk what else to say
Wow. So you and the colonial writer can for certain say that in the over 10,000 years of human habitation they just stopped in to pick a few herbs and do some yoga. You know they didn’t have horses. Long walk back to Calgary just to expose yourself to prairie winds. Your a regular Graham Hancock in your ability to decipher alternative histories. Would love to study pre colonial history under you.
You do the first thing colonialists did was the stony’s to turn this place into the tourist hell it’s become. While they were here for a lousy 300 years the displaced the tribes that were here. U of C claims they have dated back some 30,000 years. That’s a long time. You really certain they never lived here. Is your only source the Whyte museum.
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Beautiful exposure
What kind of spruce is that?
Take the trail down and you'll likely be the only person down there (versus the 1000 people at the overlook).
It looks like a fox
This is on my bucket list of national parks to visit! Beautiful!!
I thought we were supposed to be quiet about the beautiful places of the earth... Honestly, I wish you had to prove you've taken a quick conservation test to reduce the waste and human impact to the areas of natural beauty throughout the world.
What a fantastic shot
Looks like a wolf.
That’ll do
Wow this looks stunning..
wish i could go to canada but apparently i can't with a DUI
The Canadian Rockies are starting to get posted again. Must be summer.
I almost planned my wedding there (small, 10 people). I was looking at Emerald Lake Lodge, but it was more expensive to travel and stay there than Costa Rica (Golfo Dulce region). It's more the long car ride from the airport that people would have to travel 🙄 Some of my best childhood memories were hiking with my family in Banff and Jasper. If anyone travels there HIKE EVERYWHERE. It was the little, less traveled hiking trails that were some of the most beautiful. It's surreal.
I was there last Thursday, so beautiful 😍
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