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Peyto Lake
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
$143.92 per adult
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A Wonderful Day exploring!
We had a wonderful day exploring Banff on this tour. Seasonal conditions altered our itinerary a bit but we still got to see amazing sites. We got to see Bow Falls, The Hoodoos, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise corner, Lake Louise, Emerald Lake, Kicking Horse river, the Natural Bridge etc. The best part was our expert guide Rob Sr. whose friendly, patient demeanor and lighthearted humor made our day pleasant. He knew interesting details about each location we visited as well as the areas along the way. We highly recommend Beyond Banff tours!!!!
Christopher_B, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Ronal_M, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Great guide and travelling in small group was even better. A must visit both with this group scenery/wild life. Whole day was perfect. Thank you
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Fantastic day touring BANFF with Viator tours.
Michelle_G, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the lakes and natural bridge. Our guide (Robert) was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of BANFF.
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A great tour by an expert guide.
Stephen_W, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Rob gave us a superb tour. His expert knowledge was invaluable and we were lucky enough to see a grizzly and a black bear as well as deer and big horn sheep. The scenery was beyond spectacular and he took us to some well chosen viewing points, which were great for capturing some great photos.
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Fantastic view and great...
Taeyeon_K, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Fantastic view and great spots for pictures. Luckily we saw a black bear and some wild animals!!!! Highly recommend!!!!
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Excellent
Paula_C, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Very knowledgeable. Robbie was a very good story teller. Made effort to speak to everyone. Took photos when we asked.
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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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Unforgettable
Steve_C, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Such unique sights. The natural bridge and Emerald lake were incredible. Rob our guide was very knowledgable and thorough, he made the effort to takes us places that suited the time of year since many of the lakes were frozen.
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Really nice experience!
Katherine_D, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Robbie is a nice tour guide. He took us to amazing places and we could enjoy the whole day. We also spot some wildlife. I definitely would recommend this tour.
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Great Experience!
Russ S, Jul 2019
Private Tour for up to 24 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway
Rob was a great guide. Courteous and kind. Extremely knowledgeable of the area. We spent a full day together and he did not disappoint. Great value for all we saw!
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Great trip
heather_b, Apr 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Great full day to beautiful parts of the National Park. Very helpful guide. Really enjoyed this tour.
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Perfect Trip
Hongyeol_C, Mar 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
It was first time trip in Banff and it was a such great trip with gorgeous places. We did visit plenty of places during trip.
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Despite the lakes all...
Elizabeth_H, Mar 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Despite the lakes all being frozen over we had a great time! Very informative tour with an excellent tour guide!

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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