Peyto Lake – Banff National Park: Weekly Hump Day Photo

| January 18, 2012 | 6 Comments

It’s Wednesday which means it is Hump Day. What is Hump Day you may ask yourself? Each Wednesday we post up a picture of something that we have found helps us imagine what we might get up to this weekend. It could be just a relaxing beach, a surfing location, a great snorkelling spot, a destination, well you get the idea.

Where In The World This Week?

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

On day one of our epic 18,000 km road trip across Canada and USA we drove through Banff National Park and decided to stop at Peyto Lake. After a short 20 minute hike up to Bow Summit the trees parted and we were left with this view.

That is honestly the colour of the lake. During the summer the glaciers feed tiny rock particles (referred to as rock flour) into the lake which then reflect the sunlight creating such a vibrant blue. I love the contrasts between the towering grey peaks, shadowed tree line and Peyto Lake.

What memories does this photo evoke to help you get over Hump Day?

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  1. Sam says:

    We learnt about glacier fed lakes when we went for a ride on the Athabasca glacier explorer (on my site somewhere). Un-naturally impressive colours, due to the ground up rock particles as you mentioned.

    • Cole says:

      Both times we visited the Athabasca Glacier it was really stormy so we only managed to walk up to the front of it. Wish we had a chance to drive on it like you did (saw your post somewhere too haha)

  2. Neil says:

    Wow, amazing shot! My first thought was photoshop, but I obviously believe you when you say its the natural colour of the lake. Turely amazing.

    I’d love to go to Banff, heard so many great things and it looks stunning.

  3. bronwen burmester says:

    beautiful shot. Reminds me abit of the glacial lakes in Sth Is when on our bus – swimming in those lakes was Brrrrrrrr . Total submersion and last one in buys the donuts.!!

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