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Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

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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Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
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Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
$143.06 per adult
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Our guide(Robbie) were great and have a lot of local knowledge he shared. Thanks
Our guide(Robbie) were great and have a lot of local knowledge he shared. Thanks It was a very pleasant day!
Sydney_H, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Another wonderful day!
Dawn_T, Aug 2022
Icefields Pkwy: Lake Louise | Bow Lake | Peyto Lake | Glacier - PRIVATE DAY TOUR
Another solid tour from ABest tours. To our delight, we had Manny as our tour guide again! Icefields, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake and an impromptu stop at Mistaya Canyon on our drive back to the hotel was truly an unexpected delight. We couldn’t be happier with the ease of booking through viator.com as well as the wonderful service we received from ABest.
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A wonderful day!!!
David_S, Jul 2022
Icefields Pkwy: Lake Louise | Bow Lake | Peyto Lake | Glacier - PRIVATE DAY TOUR
Manny is an exceptional tour guide! My husband and I had a wonderful day traveling the Icefield Parkway, going to the glacier, and stopping at beautiful spots like Mistaya Canyon and Peyto Lake. Also went to Bow Falls in Banff and ate a delicious steak house he recommended , The Keg. Manny goes above and beyond to make your trip memorable !!
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Awesome trip!
HV_C, Aug 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
This was a great trip and met all our needs. Our guide Rob was informative and friendly, we had plenty of time at each location and the tour was on time and extremely well run. We would highly recommend Beyond Banff Tours
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Great tour. Tour guide...
Martha_B, Aug 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Great tour. Tour guide was knowledgeable, informative, and very kind. Enough time was given at site.
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Introduction to the Rockies
Mary_C, Aug 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Our tour guide, Robbie, was a delight. Very informative tour. Amazing views of the lakes and mountains. The time spent in each spot was sufficient. I recommend this tour.
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Do it!
Melanie_D, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
The views were spectacular, there was a great atmosphere on the bus and the guides were fantastic! Moraine and peyto lake were breathtaking!
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Highly recommend the Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway trip!
Chantal_S, Aug 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
The scenery is spectacular! A wonderful and stunning trip! Our driver was great and very accommodating!
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Great Tour with Amazing Views!
JOHN_W, Aug 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
We completely enjoyed our tour with Robbie! He is very knowledgeable and we felt safe as he expertly maneuvered our bus through mountain roads and tight parking lots. Robbie took us to several places with amazing views! Great way to spend a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains!
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Great tour guides.
ReinaE_M, Jul 2022
Rocky Explore from Calgary to Banff, Lake Louise, Icefield & Jasper 5-Day Tour
Let me star saying that this is my first time visit Canada and I’m so thankful that I find you guys in trip advisor at the beginning I was nervous but the day I Arrived Lissa contact me and confirm the details for the beginning of the best trip of my life she is kind and very efficient and know how to resolve issues the best way she was the tour guide the first day big group,second day I was so lucky to meet Jessica a yung girl full of energy very polite she pick up me and two other persons right on time and from the begging to the end of the tour she went far & beyond making sure we all feel confortable and happy thank you for all the great memories I will keep in my heart.
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Rob our tour guide and...
LAURA_B, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Rob our tour guide and driver was great. Super informative. Great personality. Felt completely comfortable on the tour
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Beyond Banff is Amazing
alex_i, Jul 2021
Private Tour for up to 24 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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Amazing! Fantastic!
Barbie_W, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
We had a wonderful day with Rob as our tour guide. He was knowledgeable and friendly. We saw Two Jack Lake, Lake Minnewanka, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Glacier and Bow Lake. The views were incredible. Out of 1 - 10, I’d rate Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake twelves and the rest 10s. Our pictures are awesome! And we were able to see elk, sheep and a bear, too! A great experience!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Peyto Lake?
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