Peyto Lake is a famous landmark and tourist destination in Banff National Park, due to its distinct shape. The lake is fed by Caldron Lake and Peyto Glacier (part of the Wapta Icefield) and drains into Mistaya River. The lake is named after Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.
Peyto Lake is easily accessible from Icefields Parkway (Highway 93). There are two trailheads (parking lots) that lead to the viewing platform for the lake. The lower parking lot is for cars and the upper parking lot is for buses. Hiking from the lower parking lot to the lake view takes about half an hour, while it takes only a short 2-minute stroll from the upper parking lot to the viewing platform. Where to park? I’ll leave that to you!
Trail Map and Driving Direction
Peyto Lake is indicated by Red Pin on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).
Or, read Icefields Parkway Tour Guide for nearby attractions.