Peyto Lake, Canadian Rockies — Foto Friday

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park
Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

Meet Peyto

Could this be the most photographed lake in the whole British Columbia? Could be.

Well, here’s one more.

What’s with the color of the lake?
The color is due the glacial silt runoff from the river that feeds the lake. The silt is so fine that the particles don’t sink in to the bottom, they just float around suspended in the water reflecting light that enters the water. And thus, the bright turquoise color of the lake.

If you ask me, I think something so pretty can only be caused by magic.

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22 Replies to “Peyto Lake, Canadian Rockies — Foto Friday”

  1. What an amazing photo! It's so sad that we are in Vancouver and have not yet made our way out there yet…not a long drive… that must change! Must make time! 🙂

  2. What a great shot! Reminds me of the first time I saw a lake like this – in Bolivia – the minerals and colours dominating. There the tones were far more green.

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  4. yea, I think that's what it probably is; magic. Unbelievable beauty of the universe, pictures like these are what make me want to feed my eyes more world.


  5. Thank you for telling me what makes it that color! A lot of the lakes in Patagonia are the same color, and my husband and I have been meaning to look up why. We thought it must just be a particular mineral, but I think the glacial silt explanation makes sense there too. Gorgeous photo.

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