Snow at turquoise Peyto Lake, Canadian Rockies, Banff NP, Alberta, Canada.
Snow covers the Waputik Range above turquoise Peyto Lake (1860 m or 6100 ft), in the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park, Alberta. Bill Peyto was an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area. Suspended rock particles of glacial rock flour create its bright turquoise colour. Bow Pass (2068 m or 6787 ft) is the highest point on the Icefields Parkway, and a side road leads to a nature trail to Peyto Viewpoint (and higher bus road to wheelchair access). The lake is fed by Peyto Creek, which drains water from Caldron Lake and Peyto Glacier (part of the Wapta Icefield). Peyto Lake is the origin of the Mistaya River, which heads northwest. Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885. Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 1984.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download