Sunrise at Peyto Lake

This is the wonderful Peyto Lake at sunrise.  The unfortunate part of my trip to Banff was the weather was unseasonably warm the first two days and their wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I was hoping to get away from the heat but it followed me.  This didn’t take away from the fact that the Banff National Parks were still very beautiful!  I made the best of the first sunrise here at Peyto Lake.  The lake is such an amazing color of turquoise!

Peyto Lake (pea-toe) is a glacier-fed lake 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. 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). During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise color.

Sunrise at Peyto Lake, Banff, Alberta, Canada - ©2011 - Rick Louie Photography -
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Capture Notes:

  • Now that is some gorgeous looking water my friend. Great capture!

  • Fantastic colors Rick! Love the turquoise tone of the water and even though it’s cloudless, that early morning sky is gorgeous!

  • I’m totally wanting to be here right now. This is such a gorgeous and serene setting.

  • Gorgeous shot Rick. The lighting is amazing.

  • Stunning shot. Love that light on the mountain.

  • Beautiful shot Rick. The color of the water is incredible.

  • Beautiful. I have been here too. Well worth an early start to capture this!

  • Very cool. Its one of those places you really have to see in person, because until you do you can’t believe that color is real. Such a great place. Nice shot!

  • Thanks for all your wonderful comments!

  • Forget the cloudless sky, look at this view. Awesome in every aspect. This is one fantastic shot, Rick.