Beautiful Lakes in Canada’s National Parks

When visiting the Canadian rockies, you must see all the beautiful lakes in Canada’s National Parks. Each park is unique and full of adventure. Have you ever seen pictures of some magical destination on social media and thought to yourself, there is no way those colors are real. That’s how I’ve felt each time I’ve visited Canada’s National Parks and surrounding areas.

Imagine…experiencing ancient glaciers, waterfalls, dramatic rock formations, and emerald lakes as you road trip through the Canadian Rockies into the National Parks. The colors are bright, vibrant and unbelievably breathtaking.

These are the most beautiful lakes in Canada’s National Parks you won’t want to miss!

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Getting There

Fly into Edmonton, and then rent a car. If you drive south from Jasper it will take you through 3 jaw dropping Canadian National Parks. Starting in Jasper National Park, make your way down the icefields parkway through Banff National Park & end in Yoho National Park. So if you plan on visiting each of the parks, flying home out of Calgary will save you time and money.

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Jasper National Park – Alberta

Jasper National Park has plenty of adventurous activities to offer visitors. From rock climbing, to white water rafting- this is an adventurer’s dream park. Read more about Jasper in my Adventurer’s Guide to Jasper National Park for more info!

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Maligne Lake

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Jasper Waterfall Wildlife Lake Maligne Tour
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Second Lake

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Fourth Lake

In Jasper National Park there is a 4.5 kilometer trail called Valley of the Five Lakes. The Loop is rated as moderate and is dotted with 5 lakes and breathtaking mountain views. The trail is primarily used for hiking, with the best time being from March to October.

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Jasper White Water Rafting Tour
Jasper National Park Sulphur Skyline Hiking Trail

Adventure Guide to Jasper National Park

Looking for your next outdoor adventure? Go white water rafting, rock climbing, hiking & more at Jasper National Park in Canada.

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Icefields Parkway – Alberta

The Icefields Pathway will take your breath away, as you drive the famous stretch of road.  The drive is an adventure itself as it takes you through the Canadian rockies national parks. The road goes from Jasper down to Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta.

Along the drive you’ll see hundreds of ancient glaciers, cascading waterfalls, dramatic rock formations, and crystal clear emerald lakes. All surrounded by sweeping valleys of thick pine and rich forests.

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Banff Canyoning Tour
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Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake is a glacier fed lake in Banff National Park. The lake is easily accessible from the Icefields Parkway. A short hike up the trail will bring you to this breathtaking view of Peyto Lake.

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Banff National Park – Alberta Canada

Recommended Read: Learn more about the area in this article: Banff, Canada: History, Culture, and Travel by Neelamber Patel from yoair.com

Banff Wildlife Safari
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Lake Louise

Perhaps one of the most crowded lakes in Banff National Park- Lake Louise is known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks. Hiking trails wind up to the Lake Agnes Tea House giving hikers a bird’s-eye view of the lake. You can rent canoes in summer, or skate on a frozen glacier lake skating rink. The lake has a ski resort with a gondola, making this a popular winter destination as well.

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Lake Moraine

This iconic jaw-dropping shade of turquoise is sure to leave a lasting impression. The waters are the most amazing color, and set in the Valley of Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, Alberta. The lake is great for kayaking, hiking or picnicking as it is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles. 

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Yoho National Park – British Columbia

The least visited of the 3 Canadian rockies national parks is Yoho National Park, in British Columbia. The park should not be overlooked by its more famous siblings Banff & Jasper. The park is half as busy as Banff offering visitors over 61 beautiful lakes to explore.

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Emerald Lake

Emerald lake is the largest in the park. Canoe’s are available for rent out on the absolutely beautiful glacial-fed lake with vibrant turquoise colored water.

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Sherbrooke Lake

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Best All Inclusive Tour to Banff Yoho Jasper
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Kicking Horse River at Wapta Falls

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Grassi Lakes Trail in Canmore just a short drive from Banff National Park.

Grassi Lakes

Grassi Lakes Trail in Canmore just a short drive from Banff National Park.

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Beautiful Lakes in Canada\'s National Parks

46 thoughts on “Beautiful Lakes in Canada’s National Parks

  1. Oh my every time I see the pics of these turquoise lakes in Banff and Jasper National Park, I just wanna get transported there. I have explored bit of Eastern Canada , but missed going to this stunning part. But one thing i knew that Canada is nature lovers delight. Thanks for sharing

  2. Gosh, these lakes make me want to buy a kayak today, haha! The water looks absolutely electrifying. Also, would love to try that wildlife safari!

  3. There are so many beautiful spots in Canada to see, and the lakes are always so magical! The only lakes I’ve been to are the ones in Ontario but I would love to explore more of the country.

  4. Wow all these places looks so beautiful…. especially Peyto Lake! So keen to get to Canada. Thanks for sharing

  5. Such a detailed post! I’m from Canada originally and am yet to cross some of these off my list. I’ve saved for later. Thank you!

  6. I don’t like crowds so may be happiest in Yoho NP. I went to Vancouver for the first time. It was so beautiful that it made me want to explore this area. I would love to take a train ride through the mountains and explore all the parks. I also need to end a hike with ice cream. Do you know if it’s homemade?

  7. Lake Louise is on my bucket list, but I didn’t realize there’s so much more to explore in the same area. I’ve pinned your post for future travel planning. I love being out in nature. The lakes are calling me!

  8. I love the Canadian rockies! There is nothing more beautiful than the sharp mountain scapes paired with the aqua blue waters. I haven’t been to the West Coast of Canada in years and this is tempting me to go back ASAP!

  9. Well this fellow Canadian loves to see and read other’s perspectives! It’s so beautiful, and has been way too long for me to remember this special place. I love how you showcased each lake, it’s so hard to choose a favourite isn’t it?

    1. I like to do the same! Foreign visitors have such a different perspective and it’s refreshing! I have visited the rockies twice now, 2017 / 2019 thats how much I love them haha we are from Michigan – so it’s a long journey for us to get there/back. This is the first “long” trip i’ve done where I return to a place i’ve previously visited – that’s how much I love the area haha

  10. I loved the Canadian Rockies so much. I drove from BC to AB. This post makes me wanna go back there right now!

    1. YES! BC/AB have some of my favorite NP’s. I did a week camping trip with friends a few years ago, then another with my partner last September. I’d go back today if I could. haha I’ve seen Jasper, Banff, Yoho, Icefields Parkway, Revelstoke, & Glacier- which ones did you visit?

    1. They must have been so beautiful with all the snow! Was it difficult to do hiking/exploring in the winter? I’ve been 2x to BC/AB area, and I would go back without hesitation lol

  11. The Canadian Rockies are very high on my bucket list. Like the sound of the Sulphur Skyline – nice walking distance, hot springs and ice cream – perfect!

  12. A friend of mine had Canada on his bucketlist, and when he passed away I decided that I would visit the places that were on his list.
    So I will be comming for canada 🙂

  13. We did the Rocky mountaineer trip years ago! Your pictures of Peyto Lake and Lake Louise brought back memories. I love this part of Canada. So scenic! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  14. Beautiful photography! My favorite NP in the states is Rocky Mountain NP- I’d love to check out the Canadian Rockies National Parks! The Icefields Parkway looks amazing, and the blue in Peyto Lake is insane! Thank you for this- I am going to pin it for later!

  15. Canada has definitely been on my bucket list for some time and I think this trip really captures everything I would want to do! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. I have only been in Canada to Banff for work and I felt in love with the Rockies. I did not even know that mountains like that existed. It was simply breathtaking. Thanks for compiling these!

  17. I think this is my favorite trip to date too!! I wanna go back. Jealous you’re going again this year!

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