Peyto Lake

The Other Turquoise Lake

Ask someone to name a Canadian lake and you might get a few different answers. If you’re in the Maritime Provinces you might hear about the salt water Bras d’Or Lake in Cape Breton where Alexander Graham Bell had a summer home and did experiments with massive kites. In central Canada, any of the great lakes will be the most likely answer or possibly lake Muskoka with its many cottages. On the West coast, most will recall the turquoise colored Lake Louise in Banff National Park. It would be difficult to find a Canadian who hasn’t seen a postcard or photo of the picturesque lake nestled in the Canadian Rockies, and most would agree that is among the most beautiful in the world. Interesting when the magazine Budget Travel designated the worlds 10 most beautiful lakes it wasn’t Lake Louise that made the cut but another lesser known lake found 40km to the North called Peyto (pea-toe) Lake. Like its Southern sister Peyto too has an almost impossible green-blue color to it, as a result of the glacier flour that flows into it. As the glaciers above move down the valley they grind the limestone underneath loosening particles which reflect the brilliant color photographers try in vain to capture on film. I have a friend who travelled to the Rockies from Moncton, NB for business and spent a day touring the mountains. Asked if he enjoyed his trip he told me while you’re surrounded by such beauty you almost can’t enjoy it being alone, you must have someone to share it with to enjoy it completely. I’ve never been to Lake Louise and now Lake Peyto has been added to my list of places to visit, with someone to share it with of course. – Budget Travel articleBill Peyto