We recently spent a week in the beautiful Canadian rockies, nestled in the town of Banff. We didn’t really know what to expect, and that was the best part. We were in complete awe and disbelief of the mountains and scenery surrounding our entire drive in. We spent our time in Banff waking up at the crack of dawn to explore as much of the National Park as we could each day. One of the coolest things about Banff National Park is the incredible lakes it is home to.
Here are our top 5 lakes within Banff National Park
1. Moraine Lake
This lake is the famous Lake Louise’ overlooked neighbour. This was our favourite lake within Banff National Park. We arrived early and had time to soak up the magic of this place while it was quiet. The calm and sunny morning made for amazing reflections of the glaciers on the water and the shades of blue were incredible.
2. Peyto Lake
The drive itself to this lake along the Icefields Parkway is just breathtaking. We arrived at Peyto Lake and took a short walk to some rocks high above the lake where we hung out for the afternoon. The scenery is unbelievable, we were surrounded by mountains and glaciers, looking down to the beautiful Peyto Lake. The water is so blue and lined with green pines.
3. Lake Louise
We spent an early morning admiring the reflections of the mountains and glaciers on the glassy blue waters of Lake Louise. We took the epic trail up the Big Beehive high above Lake Louise, read about our experience here
4. Lake Minnewanka
We had a picnic on the banks of this picturesque lake. It’s a nice spot to watch the boats passing by or to have a dip on a hot summers afternoon.
5. Bow Lake
This roadside lake was an awesome stop on our drive along the Icefields Parkway. We sat and soaked up the views of the glacier and waterfall flowing into the blue lake.