Have you ever seen pictures of some magical destination online (Instagram, Pinterest) and thought to yourself, there is no way those colors are real. Experience ancient glaciers, waterfalls, dramatic rock formations, and emerald lakes as you road trip through the Canadian Rockies into the National Parks. The colors are bright, vibrant and unbelievably breathtaking. The drive would take us through 3 jaw dropping national parks. Sure I knew they would be gorgeous, but was the water really THAT blue? I found out the answer during a week long summer road trip along the Icefields Pathway through Jasper, Banff, & Yoho National Parks.
If Canada wasn’t on your bucket list before- it will be after these 10 photos!
1. Peyto Lake
Peyto Lake is a glacier fed lake in Banff National Park. The lake is easily accessed from the Icefields Parkway, but with just a short hike up a trail you can reach this breathtaking view.
2. Sulfer Skyline
Sulphur Skyline is a 7.7 kilometer moderate out and back trail in Jasper National Park. The trailhead hosts the parks hot springs (and and ice-cream shop) so bring a suit and relax your muscles after the long hike up!
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3. Emerald Lake
Located in Yoho National Park, British Colombia. Emerald lake is the largest in the park. Canoe’s are available for rent out on the absolutely beautiful glacial-fed lake with vibrant turquoise colored water.
4. 4th Lake
In Jasper National Park there is a 4.5 kilometer trail called Valley of the Five Lakes. The Loop is rated as moderate and is dotted with 5 lakes and breathtaking mountain views. The trail is primarily used for hiking, and is best used from March until October.
5. Moraine Lake with Canadian Rockies
This iconic jaw-dropping shade of turquoise is sure to leave a lasting impression. The waters are the most amazing color, and set in the Valley of Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, Alberta. The lake is great for kayaking, hiking or picnicking as it is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles.
6. Ice-fields Parkway Canadian Rockies National Parks
The Icefields Pathway is unlike any other. The stretch of road is an adventure itself as it takes you through the Canadian rockies national parks. The road goes from Jasper down to Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta. Along the drive you’ll see more than 100 ancient glaciers, cascading waterfalls, dramatic rock formations, and crystal clear emerald lakes. All surrounded by sweeping valleys of thick pine and rich forests.
7. Lake Louise Adventure
Perhaps one of the most crowded lakes in Banff National Park- Lake Louise is known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks. Hiking trails wind up to the Lake Agnes Tea House giving hikers a bird’s-eye view of the lake. You can also rent canoes in summer, or skate on a frozen glacier lake skating rink in winter. The lake also has a ski resort and gondola, making this a year round attraction in the park.
8. 2nd Lake Hike
9. Yoho National Park
The least visited of the 3 Canadian rockies national parks is Yoho. The park should not be overlooked by its more famous siblings Banff & Jasper. This park has tons of adventure opportunities with more than 61 lakes just a jaw dropping as this- I wish we had planned more time in Yoho and less in Banff. Yoho was half as crowded in the busy summer season of July.
10. Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park has so much to offer it’s visitors. From rock climbing, to white water rafting- this is an adventurers dream park. Check out my Adventurers Guide to Jasper National Park HERE for more info!