Peyto Lake

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Peyto Lake
Peyto Lake-Banff NP-Canada.jpg
Peyto Lake seen from Bow Summit
LocationBanff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates51°43′37″N 116°31′19″W / 51.72694°N 116.52194°W / 51.72694; -116.52194Coordinates: 51°43′37″N 116°31′19″W / 51.72694°N 116.52194°W / 51.72694; -116.52194
TypeGlacial
Primary inflowsPeyto Creek
Primary outflowsMistaya River
Basin countriesCanada
Max. length2.8 km (1.7 mi)
Max. width0.8 km (0.50 mi)
Surface area5.3 km (3.3 mi)
Surface elevation1,880 m (6,170 ft)
 
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Peyto Lake
Peyto Lake-Banff NP-Canada.jpg
Peyto Lake seen from Bow Summit
LocationBanff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates51°43′37″N 116°31′19″W / 51.72694°N 116.52194°W / 51.72694; -116.52194Coordinates: 51°43′37″N 116°31′19″W / 51.72694°N 116.52194°W / 51.72694; -116.52194
TypeGlacial
Primary inflowsPeyto Creek
Primary outflowsMistaya River
Basin countriesCanada
Max. length2.8 km (1.7 mi)
Max. width0.8 km (0.50 mi)
Surface area5.3 km (3.3 mi)
Surface elevation1,880 m (6,170 ft)

Peyto Lake (pea-toe) is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The lake itself is easily accessed from the Icefields Parkway. It was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.[1]

The lake is formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1,860 m (6,100 ft).[citation needed]

During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise colour. Because of its bright colour, photos of the lake often appear in illustrated books, and area around the lake is a popular sightseeing spot for tourists in the park. The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefield Parkway.[2]

The lake is fed by the Peyto Creek, which drains water from the Caldron Lake and Peyto Glacier (part of the Wapta Icefield), and flows into the Mistaya River.[3]

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