The Canadian Rockies offer a wealth of lakes for your viewing, swimming, boating and exploring pleasure. Well, if you go during winter or early spring like us, you will hike, ski, snowshoe or go on a fat bike, It was hard for us to pick a favourite, so here is our Top 5 Lakes in the Canadian Rockies.
Pyramid Lake | Jasper National Park
Here you will get an unique perspective of the Rockies as Pyramid Mountain towers over the lake below. Absolutely stunning !
Stroll over to the island on foot-bridge, canoe (if not frozen!) across the lake to the secluded lake beaches or look for wildlife along the shore! We went in the beginning of Spring so the lake was a lake turns in to a winter wonderland with cross country skiing and sleigh rides.
Apparently in summer this is one of the warmest lakes around!
Maligne Lake | Jasper National Park
The largest glacier-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies is a must-see! During warm months, you can hop aboard the Maligne Lake Cruise and get to he iconic Spirit Island only accessible by boat. If you are into kayaking or canoeing, you may choose to paddle the almost 30km round-trip to the island itself. The lake goes further past the island and ends with a small campsite at Coronet Creek at the 22 km mark (if you dare enough to embark on a multi-day canoe trip).
During the cold months this place is magical! Whether on foot, skis, snowshoes or fat bike, you can explore this special place and help to protect woodland caribou winter habitat. There are plenty of trails, the easiest are definitely the ‘Little Moose Lake Loop (2.6km) and the Mary Schaffer Loop (3.2Km)
Peyto Lake | Icefields Parkway
One of the most awe-inspiring lakes in the Canadian Rockies is easily accessible from a viewing platform high on the mountainside. We knew that this lake has glacier-fed turquoise waters sneak into view as you complete the short pathway to the view point. We knew that these mountainous lakes get their vibrant turquoise tint from rock flour, or glacial flour that is picked up during the melting process. However, we only saw a frozen lake! Definitely need to go back in Summer!
Lake Louise | Lake Louise
This lake is cuddled by towering peaks and mesmerising glaciers. Lake Louise, beautiful in every season offers canoeing opportunities to explore the water’s edge and popular hiking trails in the summer.
In winter, the lake is a host to the Ice Magic Festival showcasing a stunning carved Ice Castle on the surface of the lake. Or do what we did and walk to the very end of the lake – it’s impressive!
Lake Minnewanka | Banff National Park
The largest lake in Banff National Park is nestled between mountain scenery and is cloaked in history. If you are going during summer, you can hop on board the Banff Lake Cruise, or you may choose to rent a pedal boat and explore the water’s edge, hike on local trails or use it as the centre-point for amazing photography in all seasons.
Lake Minnewanka is also a popular spot for scuba-diving in the Rockies for exploration of the submerged village of Minnewanka Landing.