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Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

Peyto (pea-toe) Lake is 90 km northwest of Banff adjacent to the Icefields Parkway. The lake and Peyto Glacier, Peak (2970 m) and Creek are named for Ebenezer William "Bill" Peyto (1869-1943), who became one of the best early guides in the Canadian Rockies. Walter Wilcox, who regularly hired Bill, suggested the name Peyto Lake.

Icefields parkway sign to Peyto Lake

Highway sign on the Icefields Parkway.

Trapper Peak (3014 m) is located near to Peyto Peak. It is also named after Bill Peyto.

Peyto Glacier is part of the Wapta Icefield. The finely ground glacial flour, flows into Peyto Lake. This glacial flour gives the lake its unique blue-green colour.

The alluvial fan at the head of the lake formed by the glacial silt settling out.

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