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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
$142.86 per adult
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Must do!
This was a local family run tour and the father and son that run the tour were amazing. Funny and personable and made it feel like a home away from home. We saw the best sites, the most amazing views and were looked after the whole way. You should definitely book this if you're in town.
Kathryn_B, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Robby was an awesome tour...
Sonia_P, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Robby was an awesome tour guide! He adjusted our tour to please everyone in our large family of nine!
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Highly recommend
Lorna_T, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Very experienced guide. Great way to see the area. Rob was informative and we had plenty of time to take photos and ask questions. We couldn't visit Moraine lake as it wasn't safe to travel there at the time, but the trip was adapted and we weren't disappointed. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Well worth it!!
Marie_W, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Lovely relaxing way to see the beautiful scenery of Banff, our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us plenty of relevant and interesting information. Would highly recommend this tour
star-5
Amazing!
Lorraine_F, May 2022
Icefields Pkwy: Lake Louise | Bow Lake | Peyto Lake | Glacier - PRIVATE DAY TOUR
Amazing trip with Jeff, we saw so much and he is brilliant at taking photos of us so we got ones will all three of us at each stop. Spectacular views. It is a long day as it’s a long way but so very worth it. The price for the private tour seemed a lot sat at home but once we got going it was 100% worth it to make our trip unique and go to the places we wanted to.
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Happy to let Rob drive!
JCooper351, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Rob was a great guide… really knew his stuff. I’m usually a backseat driver, yet felt safe. He made the most of a rainy, miserable weather day.
star-5
Wonderful Tour!
Valerie_K, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
I only had one day to sightsee and this was a packed itinerary which was perfect. The insights and commentary from our guide really added to the experience. The scenery was spectacular and the trip was well organized.
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Would recommend it to anyone visiting Alberta
Saina_J, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
It was a wonderful tour with some excellent fellow travelers and a great tour guide. Rob is not your average tour operator ,just throwing facts at you but is a good conversationalist.
star-5
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.
star-5
Great trip!
Anonymous, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Seeing bears eating by the side of the road was the most memorable part of the day. The scenery was beautiful and the guide very friendly and knowledgeable!
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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 early season tour
Brenda_V, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Great tour early in the season, no crowds and even though some lakes were still frozen our guide showed us many other fantastic sites. Thanks for a great tour.
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Lake Louis tripe
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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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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