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Peyto Lake might be the most picturesque place in Canada

Canada has no shortage of beautiful lakes and rivers to satisfy the nature lovers among us, but none of them can quite compare to the stunning turquoise colour of Peyto Lake

This extraordinary body of water is located in Banff National Park in Alberta. It's just 40 km north of Lake Louise, and it's a popular tourist spot for those travelling along the Icefields Parkway

Peyto is a glacier-fed lake, and it gets its notable turquoise colour from glacier rock flour that flows into the lake during the summer months. 

It was named after Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area, when the Icefields Parkway first opened in 1941. 

According to Parks Canada, the beautiful lake draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 

And for an extra special view of the lake, tourists can head to Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefields Parkway. 

Unfortunately, this wonderful spot is in need of rehabilitation and is currently closed to visitors. 

"Parks Canada has a rare opportunity to significantly improve visitor experience at an iconic Canadian destination for future generations," reads a description of the improvements that are currently underway. 

"The Peyto Lake day use area is closed for improvements to the upper and lower parking lots, viewing platform, trails, wayfinding and restrooms."

The view point will be closed until winter 2020/21, at which point travellers will be able to take in Peyto Lake's beauty once again. 

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