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Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

Near Bow Summit I parked the bicycle and walked out on a little platform which overlooks Peyto Lake. The view here is magnificent and the lake itself has a strong milky turquoise colour due to the large amounts of rock flour being washed down from the mountains. The unique view from here often appear on calendars and in publications and it is a popular sightseeing spot. The lake was named after Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.

After having reached Jasper I followed the Icefields Parkway which runs 230 km (143 miles) from Jasper to Lake Louise in Banff National Park. The highway parallels the continental divide, and offers spectacular views of the mountains along its entire length. The scenery here is simply breathtaking, with the mountains displaying dramatic and unusual shapes everywhere. The highway passes Bow Summit of 2,088 m which was the highest point on my trip. I covered the road in 4 days at a somewhat slower pace than earlier on the trip since I was now near the end and had found that I was ahead of schedule. I stopped at a number of highlights along the road such as the Crowfoot Glacier, Columbia Icefield, Peyto Lake, and Athabasca Falls, some of which are shown on the following photos.


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Michael Edwards23-Feb-2011 12:21
Magnificent image...
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