Peyto Lake, Canadian Rockies Photography Hot Spot

Pamela Goodyer at Peyto Lake

A rare image of Photography Magazine Extra owner, internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer Pamela Goodyer taken by Tom Gross during the Extra Eyes Photo Tour that she runs. Next year we go here on a PRIVATE JET PHOTO TOUR! 2024

Peyto Lake Photography

Can you see the wolf image in the lake?

Peyto Lake is a stunning natural wonder located in the Canadian Rockies. It’s renowned for its beautiful blue waters and picturesque setting. Peyto Lake photography is a popular activity for tourists and photographers alike. The lake is easily accessible from the nearby town of Banff, making it a popular spot for day trips.

Peyto Lake photography offers breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The best time to photograph the lake is in the early morning or late evening when the sun is low in the sky and casts a beautiful golden light on the water. Peyto Lake is also famous for sunset photography, as the sunsets here are incredible.

Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting, Peyto Lake Photography will give you some amazing shots you’ll cherish forever.

This lake is a stop along the Icefields Parkway, but it is a location from which you will not get many different images. There is an overlook that you walk down to from the parking lot and view the lake.

We don’t have many images here because this is the main area. Park in the upper parking lot if you cannot do the long walk up the steep road. You will need to stitch your images together here. You do not have to be on a tripod to do that. There were some trails, but we had yet to adventure down them toward the lake to see what we could find. Maybe this year, when we return in June will explore. We go every year with Extra Eyes Photo Tours on the Canadian Rockies Photo Tour.

The main image above was photo stitched. We took five shots with our camera vertically and stitched them together. If you are unsure how to do this, join us on a photo tour, and we will teach you how! Either way, know how to do this before photographing this magnificent location.

We Run a Private Jet Photography Tour to This Location


Lens: Wide Angle

Gear List at a Glance: Circular polarizing filter, wide-angle lens.

When to Go: Call ahead in winter to see if they are open. We like Fall the best.



If you walk down to the lake, you might have slightly moving waters. If the water splashes or moves some, you can do your long-exposure running and milky water shots. You will have to use a tripod for this effect. Your settings will vary depending on the lighting and your neutral density filter. You will shoot in manual mode for the milky waters. ISO is always 100 or as low as your camera will allow. The aperture is f22. Your shutter speed will be the only variable depending on the light. Roll your shutter speed until your meter reads zero. (In the center)  Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer to prevent camera movement when exposed. You will want at least a 2-second exposure for milky water. If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. 

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Peyto Lake – 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. Because of its bright color, photos of the lake often appear in illustrated books, and the area around the lake is a popular sightseeing spot for tourists. The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefields Parkway.

The lake is fed by Peyto Creek, which drains water from Caldron Lake and Peyto Glacier (part of the Wapta Icefield). Peyto Lake originates from the Mistaya River, which heads northwest from the lake’s outflow.

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Park Information:

Bow Summit is where the Peyto Lake Lookout is located. Watch for the sign marking the Bow Summit as you travel on the Icefields Parkway. When leaving Lake Louise it is an approximately 35-minute drive north up the Icefields Parkway.




Waterfowl Lakes Campground is north of Peyto Lake. It is open June 26th to December 7th.

  • No cell phone access at Waterfowl Lakes Campground or any campgrounds on the Icefields Parkway.
  • There are food lockers for walk-in campers.
  • There are 3 dry toilet facilities and 1 washroom with hot and cold running water and flush toilets.
  • The maximum people per campsite is 6. Maximum 1 RV per site.
  • All vehicles (maximum 2) and tents must be set up or parked on the gravel area of the campsite.
  • There are picnic shelters in this campground

Find Waterfowl Camping information here.

Where to camp

Do you want us to send our photography and ghost-hunting friends to your campground to stay during their ghost-hunting trip? Put your campground information here. We will put a picture of your establishment, the website link, the phone number, and the information on your campground to make it easy for our photographers and ghost hunters to find you. They are good at getting there in the dark.

Would you like to be featured in an article as a place to stay while doing photography or ghost hunting? If so, please send us an email. You will be surprised at how affordable our prices can be.




There aren’t any restaurants or any places to get food or even snacks near this location. Make sure to bring your own food/snack while traveling the Icefield Parkway. I met a lovely couple from England in an RV in the parking lot when I was here. I was asking where I could find the nearest store or restaurant. They were so kind. They invited me into their RV and made me a sandwich!! It appears that I was unprepared this day on my journey north on The Icefields Parkway.  The closest food is at the hotel/restaurant stated above in our hotel section.

Add your Restaurant here!

Do you want us to send our photography and ghost-hunting friends to your restaurant after their ghost-hunting trip? Put your restaurant information here. We will put a picture of your establishment, the website link, the phone number, and the information on your restaurant to make it easy for our photographers and ghost hunters to find you.

The best hotels while doing photography


Hotel Information:

Peyto Lake is pretty far from any major destination. It is a stopping point along the way from one spot to another.  It’s not a location you should plan on spending too much time at to do photography. There is one overlook to take some images, and that’s it.  You can stay at a different general location and travel to Peyto Lake. Check out Banff Rocky Mountain Resort Here.

PICK – Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge – Phone: (403) 522-2167

This is the closest hotel in Petyo Lake, located on the Icefields Parkway. It’s a good stopping point at the end of the day between Yoho/Banff and Jasper. There is nothing else around this hotel except for a great lake area behind the hotel/restaurant. We got some unbelievable pictures behind this hotel. I would stay here for the location and the super relaxed atmosphere.

See the images of our Canadian Rockies Photo Tour.

Add your hotel here!

Do you want us to send our photography and ghost-hunting friends to your hotel for their photography or ghost-hunting trip? Put your hotel information here. We will put pictures of your hotel, the website link, the phone number, and your hotel information.

The Canadian Rockies are one of the world’s most stunning and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Carved by glaciers and home to some of the tallest mountains on the continent, the Rockies stretch for over 3,000km across western Canada.

Whether hiking through alpine meadows, exploring ancient forests, or marveling at towering peaks, there’s always something new to discover in the Canadian Rockies. And with so much to see and do, it’s no wonder this region is one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations.

If you’re looking for an adventure, the Canadian Rockies are the perfect place to find it. From climbing to wildlife watching and camping, there’s something for everyone in this wild and beautiful part of the world.

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