Lake Louise Bodies of Water
Mistaya Lake, located near Peyto Lake and about 72 km (45 mi) from the town of Lake Louise, is a small clear lake set among the Rockies.
The namesake of the hamlet, this idyllic lake is surrounded by a hiking path and offers canoeing in the summer and ice skating in the winter atop its blue-green waters. Its shoreline runs along the Chateau Lake Louise property. The lake derived its name from Princess Louise Caroline Alberta.
Found off Highway 93, this lake area offers a trailhead popular for alpine ski tours in the park. The trail is about 8 km (5 mi) long and is also ideal for snowshoeing, backcountry skiing and cross country skiing.
Located near Lake Louise, Hidden Lake is a small lake that is accessible through a backcountry trail near Boulder Pass. A campground is also located near the lake.
Peyto Lake and Bow Summit
The highest point on the Icefields Parkway is Bow Summit, 2088 m above sea level. Here the road crosses alpine meadows near the source of the Bow River before dropping into the Mistaya Valley. From the lower parking area at Bow Summit, a short trail leads uphill to the Peyto Lake lookout. Bow Summit is located 190 km (118.75 mi) south of Jasper and 40 km (25 mi) north of Lake Louise.
Moraine Lake and Valley of the Ten Peaks
Formerly pictured on the back of the Canadian $20 bill, this emerald-green lake is set before a backdrop of sharp peaks. To the north is Mount Temple, the highest mountain in the Bow Range and third highest in Banff National Park. Visit the Parks Canada Information Bureau in the town of Banff or the Visitor Centre in Lake Louise for information about trails. Canoe rentals are also available at the lake. Moraine Lake can be accessed 12 km (7.5 mi) east from the Lake Louise access road.
Lake Agnes is most popular for its hiking trail that leads up to the Lake Agnes Teahouse, a rest stop that first opened in 1984. The teahouse offers scenic views of the lake as well a view of nearby Mirror Lake.
The beautiful green waters of Hector Lake spread below a fresh carpet of lush forest. While the southern part of the lake is forest-enclosed, the northern end is set hard against rugged mountains, which is typical of a lake formed in a glacial basin. View Mount Balfour and the Waputik Range to the southwest. The lake is located 214 km (133.75 mi) south of Jasper and 16 km (10 mi) north of Lake Louise.