• Sydney Moore

6 Instagram Worthy Lakes in Alberta, Canada

Being from Alberta, I can sometimes take the magnificence of my own backyard for granted. But, the truth is, people travel from all over the world to explore the Rocky Mountains that I am lucky enough to call home. This blog post is specifically dedicated to 6 breathtaking lakes nestled in the mountains of Alberta. Read on to map out your future AB road trip!

1. Lake Louise

Two hours West of Calgary sits one of the most iconic lakes of Canada. There is a chateau to stay in or just to visit for high tea looking out over the lake. Beautiful in the summer and winter there is no wrong time to visit, however you can combine sight seeing with other activities. In the summer months there are tons of hikes in the area, leading to tea houses on smaller lakes and even up to glaciers! In the winter, there is a popular ski hill to try out as well as skating on the lake!

2. Moraine Lake

Just past Lake Louise is Moraine Lake, one of the most instagrammed lakes in the world and for good reason. It is surrounded by some of the most mesmerizing and rugged mountain peaks. Climb the rock pile to get a better view of the lake and mountains or rent a canoe and venture out on to the lake itself!

Pro tip: The road leading from Lake Louise to Moraine is only open in certain months during the summer. Make sure you plan your trip accordingly!

3. Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake is located roughly an hour up the Icefields Parkway. Known for its vibrant blue colour and unique wolf shape, Peyto lake has become an extremely popular stop for locals and tourists alike! Just a short 15-20 minute walk from the parking lot you will be treated to unforgettable views from observation decks high above the lake.

*Pro tip: Peyto lake can get very congested with people so try to get some space to yourself by following a narrow path to the left of the main observation decks. Another 10 minutes of walking and you will come to a large rock pile that is usually much less crowded but offers up the same iconic views.

4. Bow Lake

Bow Lake is also located on the Icefields Parkway. Orignially, it was more of a pitstop for us on the way to the better known Peyto Lake. I was shocked to see how beautiful this lake was as well! If you are headed up the Parkway already, this lake is a must-see too!

*Pro tip: You will get the best lighting on the surrounding mountain faces if you visit here earlier in the day!

5. Waterton Lakes

Waterton Lakes holds a special place in my heart. Not only did I spend a lot of time camping and hiking here as a child, but I also spent several summers living and working in the National Park! These lakes are further south than the rest listed in this post, and half of the upper lake is actually in the United States.

Pro tip: One of the best views of this lake can be had from the hill the Prince of Wales Hotel is perched on.

6. Kananaskis Lakes

Lesser known than some of the other lakes mentioned in this post, the Kananaskis Lakes still deserve a mention. Not only are they still stunning mountain lakes, but they are usually less crowded than the others giving you more space to explore! There are two separate lakes, Upper and Lower. The Lower lake is mostly used for camping, whereas the Upper lake is used for picnics and hiking trails. Both are pictured below (Lower first and Upper second).

Pro tip: If you feel up to it, try hiking (or snowshoeing in the winter) up to some of the smaller and isolated lakes in this area. Some of my favourite, more moderate trails are Chester Lake and Rawson Lake!

Hopefully you can come check these lakes out for yourself sometime in the near future! Drop a comment below to let me know if you found this post helpful or if you have a lake you think should be on this list! Also, feel free to leave questions if you need more help planning a trip!

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