Torrie & Micah – Peyto Lake
September, 17th 2024
Sunrise: 7:16 a.m
Sunset: 7:44 p.m
Moon phase: full moon -1 day
^ Lower viewpoint
v Upper viewpoint
You can find some videos of how Peyto Lake looks like on this link.
The first one is the Upper viewpoint (under the snow). The second one is the Lower viewpoint
Nearest Town: Lake Louise, AB
Where to sleep: Either at Lake Louise (plenty of options), or there is a lodge by the Bow Lake (five minutes away from Peyto Lake’s parking).
Location Information: Jasper National Park
Good to Know: Very easy to access. There is some more secluded and better viewpoints than the main viewpoint. The lake changes colors during the day and with the weather.
How to Access: Access is via the Icefield Parkway (Road 93). The parking is right by the main road. To get to the main viewpoint, it takes about 20 minutes of a walk up and then 5 to 10 minutes to get to either of the two other viewpoints.
Best Lighting: 1h around Sunrise and 2h around Sunset. Good to know: When the sunsets, the best light is actually a few minutes after the sun goes behind the mountains.
Pet Friendly: Hike is pet-friendly.
Permit Information: Needs a National Park Pass. The ceremony needs a Jasper National Park permit.
Leave No Trace Considerations: Always keep in mind that everything you bring in has to be taken out. Including flowers, food, drinks.
Privacy/Seclusion (estimate): It is a very popular spot but most of the people come during the day because it is a spot “after Lake Louise” or on their way back from the Columbia Icefield (Athabasca Glacier). The only people you meet at sunrise or sunset are either influencers or photographers for sessions. The upper spot has more people (because it was advertised on Instagram) whereas the other one has less people but you can see the people on the platform from there (and the rocks are “less stable”).
Considerations: There is either the shore of Peyto Lake where you can go for some water photos with paddle boards (you would have to get them before getting there) or the bow lake shore. There is also a very nice road viewpoint on the way back from Peyto to Bow Lake. Here are two photos (first one of the road shot and the second one of the shore of bow lake for sunrise).
This is what the hike looks like (source: All Trails). It is short and paved until the platform and then it is more an earthy ground. There is an incline walking up but nothing too bad.
People usually stop there on there way to or from Lake Louise to Jasper. Sunrises and sunsets are way more quiet than the rest of the day.
There are a few options for lodging within 30 minutes to the parking lot.
The closest option would be the Bow Lodge. It is 5 to 10 minutes away from the parking. It might not be the most economical option though (especially with make up and/or hair).
There are a lots of hotels in Lake Louise which is 30 minutes away from Peyto Lake parking lot. This might be a cheaper option. One place I love to stay in Lake Louise is the Hi Hostel (it is an hostel but they have private rooms), because it has a cabin/cosy feeling and is a great price/value deal.