Amazing lakes you must visit in the proximity of Calgary
So you’ve ran out of places to go and things to see in and around beautiful Calgary, Alberta. You’ve seen the mountains and the Calgary tower, spent countless days at the stampede throughout the years and feel like you’ve seen it all. But what you didn’t know is that you’ve been missing out this entire time! Calgary has five breath-taking lakes surrounding its city limits – Just a short drive away! These naturally occurring lakes are home to some of the most picture perfect moments as well; so don’t forget to bring your camera along for the trip.
Peyto Lake (pronounced pea-toe lake) is a lake formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1,860 meters. From up above it looks like a huge turquoise pendant, surrounded by the emerald green forests and rocky peaks. Each spring this phenomenon intensifies, as melting snow brings the glacial rock particles into the waters of the lake, in turn enhancing the deep blue color. Take a trip up to the Bow Summit just off of the Bow hiking trail and that’s where you will capture the best photo moment. If you come here at night, during the right period of time, you might also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. Regardless of the time, this place is always breath taking.
The Moraine Lake – found at 1,885 meters above sea level is a beautiful glacier-fed lake. One of its most notable features is its exotic blue water. Silt deposits form on the lake, due to the glaciers melting and the light is reflected off of them, which creates the majestic blue tint. If you’re considering taking a trip to the area, dress in comfy clothes and sneakers, as there are various hiking trails around the surrounding area, which feature different views and angles of this amazing lake. There is no doubt that this is a must see!
Visiting Lake Louise is not only a great opportunity to get out into nature, but it also happens to be the home a divine castle which rests on the shores of the lake and other various local attractions. The castle looks like a scene out of a fairy tale. The lake was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, who was the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. The image of the lake with the grand mountains and neighboring lush forests will not be an image you’ll soon forget. A great tip is to stay and catch the sunset there. The fiery red peaks in contrast with the bright blue waters will amaze you – maybe so much that you’ll take a selfie with the lake.
There are three lakes in the Vermilion area. These lakes are an excellent area to view wildlife as they are noted as one of Alberta’s various wetland sites. Prehistoric tribes had inhabited the area many years ago and ancient tools and artifacts have been found in the lake area throughout recent years. If you look hard enough, you may be able to find a souvenir to take home. Leave your car and walk along the shore, or even better go for canoe ride and take off from the floating docks located along the banks of the lake. Breath in the pure air, indulge your eyes with the evergreen color of the coniferous forest and fantastic scenery surrounding you. Don’t forget your bathing suit because the third lake has a natural hot springs that you won’t want to miss out on!
Last but not least on the list of amazing lakes is Lake Minnewanka. Known as “Water of the spirits” in the Nakoda language, it has the most absolute beautiful natural scenery in the area. Flee the city life for a few hours and enjoy this magical creation of Mother Nature. Boat tours are available near the parking lot and hiking/biking trails run along the northern shores of the lake. A must see in the area is the Cascade Falls, found at the base of the Cascade Mountains. It is amazing just how serene a lake can feel in the protection of the large mountains and calm air. All these beauties are so close to you, offering you and your family a chance to escape the daily routine and enjoy something unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
What are you waiting for? Get planning.