5 Most Beautiful Lakes in the Canadian Rockies

A list of the most beautiful lakes, hikes, trips and places in the Canadian Rockies, British Columbia and Alberta province, Canada.

We've put together a list of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies. Read about best lake trips, hikes, and place you must visit in British Columbia and Alberta province, Canada.


Canada, especially province of Alberta and British Colombia, is associated in many people's mind as a country of turquoise mountain lakes surrounded by jagged peaks. 

We had no different expectations.

You won't believe the color is real until you are standing on the shore and see it with your own eyes. It's real photographers heaven so go ahead and find your spot!

We've put together a list of the lakes in the Canadian Rockies we liked the most.

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake is a magical tourist attraction in Yoho National Park. The flat trail encircles the lake so you can enjoy a relaxed stroll and admire reflections on the water surface.

Easy access to this trail makes it popular with everyone, especially families.

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Lake Louise

Lake Louise belongs to the most iconic natural features in the Rockies if not in the whole country.

The scenery is breathtaking, and the surrounding snow-capped mountains together with emerald waters in the summer and calm frozen surface in the winter create a rewarding combination.

Plan your trip and activities carefully as the lake might be still frozen through the May though.

Lake Louise is the starting point for many trails such as Plain of Six Glaciers.

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Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake is another beautiful and at the same time the largest lake in Jasper National Park.

It is fed by Maligne River and surrounded by high peaks. Nearby trails are tempting, we hiked Opal Hills trek, but Jasper's most famous walk is Skyline Trail, 44 km ridge trail.

When in the area, don't miss out on Maligne Canyon.

Our Tip: Getting around the Canadian Rockies is best with a rental car, it saves time and allows you to explore more of the country independently. Just remember, don't leave any valuables in the car and carry a bear spray while hiking in the mountains.

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Moraine Lake

Arguably the most beautiful and photographed lake in Canada lies in Banff National Park.

It is almost impossible not to see the postcard-like photo before you reach it by yourself. We guarantee you the lake settings will allure you and it does not matter how many times you've seen it before.

This stunning place attracts crowds, and if you arrive during high season, long weekend or just on a clear day, you might end up using an overflow parking on a Trans-Canada Highway as the parking lot has limited number of parking spots and fills up pretty quickly, so be aware of it.

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Peyto Lake

Located on the famous Icefields Parkway, this lake receives a large number of visitors every year.

A boardwalk will take you to the viewing platform from where you can admire the emerald color and atypical shape of this lake.

The walk from the parking lot is short and there are many information boards along the trail, so you can learn more about the diverse nature in the mountains.

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Garibaldi Lake

While Garibaldi Lake technically doesn't lie within the Canadian Rockies boundaries, we've included it on our list as a bonus tip, if you are traveling from or to Vancouver.

Garibaldi Lake is a turquoise colored glacier-fed lake surrounded from three sides by majestic mountains.

The starting point to Garibaldi Lake trek is just an hour and a half ride from Vancouver which makes it a perfect one day trip. Make an extra effort and climb up to the top of Panorama Ridge, a breathtaking view from above will blow your mind away.

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  • Bear Spray | You are in a Bear Country, make sure you carry a Bear Spray. You can buy them in outdoor shops in all major towns along the way, just don't be surprised to pay double the price.

  • Mosquito Repellent | We can gurantee you, there will be mosquitoes. 100% Deet is a must.

  • Headtorch | If you ever get lost while hiking, headlamp could be a life saver. It also comes handy when you are camping.

  • T-shirts with Long Sleeves for Him & for Her | We use one long-sleeved t-shirt as an extra layer for all our hikes.

  • Windproof and Waterproof Jacket for Him & for Her | It can snow any time even during summer, it will most likely rain at least a couple days during your road trip. It is necessary to have a good-quality wind and waterproof jacket.

  • Hiking Boots for Him & for Her | Quality, waterproof, and broken hiking shoes are essential to enjoy hiking in the Canadian Rockies.

  • Nutrition Energy Gel | Even though most of the lakes are within a short walking distance from the parking lot, you will be driving a lot and the days will be long, and a goodie can boost your energy.

You can read a more detailed all season packing list we've created for the Canadian Rockies.


In high season, you need to book accommodation well in advance because the capacity of hotels is limited and the popularity of Canadian Rockies immense. Bear in mind, that the prices for hotels are skyrocketing during this time.

We’ve recommended five hotels below, one hotel for each destination.

These are our overall favorite picks:

Calgary | Are you tired after a long flight and don't want to drive? Stay at the Wingate by Wyndham Calgary Airport.

Banff | Banff Park Lodge is an environmentally friendly hotel located in the town center surrounded by stunning scenery.

Lake Louise | Stunning views of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier from Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will blow you away.

Jasper | Are you looking for a hotel with an excellent location, cozy rooms, sauna, and steam room? Stay in Jasper Inn & Suites.

Golden | Soak in the Golden's history tied to the Canadian Pacific Railway and the logging industry. We recommend you to stay in Best Western Mountainview Inn.


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