Canada is a land of thousands of graceful lakes. Some of these lakes in Canada are undeniably gorgeous paving their way through the high mountains. So, just in case you are planning your vacation, here is the list of the top ten most beautiful lakes in Canada.
Lakes in Canada
1. MORAINE LAKE
One glance at this enticing lake and you will understand why this lake is probably the most photographed lake in all of Canada. This lake is located in the Valley of Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, at an elevation of around 1,900m. It would be best if you carry a camera with lots of memory in it because you would not want to stop taking pictures of what is the prettiest lake you will ever see. Also, read about surprising facts about Canada.
2. LAKE LOUISE
Lake Louise is a ravishing azure lake outlined with huge mountains and snowy peaks. This lake was in fact, named for Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Louise Carolina. This lake is a perfect vacation spot, irrespective of the seasons. You can swim if you dare in the cold, cold waters of Lake Louise or take a hiking trip around it or even go skiing in the snow during winter. It is almost the centrepiece of tourist attraction in Canada.
3. PEYTO LAKE
This Turquoise lake is fed by glaciers throughout the year and is found in the Banff National park around a height of 6100 ft. This lake is surrounded by three high peaks and presents an awe-inspiring panoramic view. Situated in the Waputik Range Valley, One of the beautiful colorful lakes in the world, the Peyto Lake’s bright turquoise colour is caused due to the melting of glaciers throughout the year. This lake is also the most visited in Canada all year round.
4. MALIGNE LAKE
Stretching for almost 21 km (13 miles), this elongated lake is the longest lake in the Canadian Rockies. Located in the Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, the Maligne Lake (pronounced meLEEN) is most known for the colour of its water, the snow-capped peaks as a backdrop and also Spirit Island, an intermittently photographed islet. You can go kayaking, fishing and canoeing or also take a hike around the lake or even visit the Spirit Island, which is a small island with plenty of trees and shrubs, which would make it the ideal day in a hot summer season. Also, read about best places to visit in Canada.
5. EMERALD LAKE
The Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada is home to the Emerald Lake. The name Yoho is Cree for awe and wonder and the Emerald Lake does no injustice to the name. This lake is the largest lake in Yoho Park which contains 61 lakes and ponds. Emerald Lake is one of the premier tourist attractions in the Yoho National Park. It is an excellent place to visit no matter what the time of the year, although July might be a good time to visit since the emerald green water would look the prettiest. Visiting in the winter would mean one of the best skiing experiences ever.
6. GARIBALDI LAKE
Garibaldi Lake is a turquoise coloured alpine lake found in the Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. It is one of the prettiest lakes in the country. This lake provides activities throughout the year as well. In summer, it is a resplendent place for swimming and canoeing whereas in winter, the tourists can go hiking among other outdoor activities. Only a 90 minute drive from Vancouver, this site attracts tourists all round the year.
7. LAKE SUPERIOR
By surface area, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world. It actually contains 10% of the total freshwater in the world. Created by a volcanic explosion, it is one of the oldest lakes ever as well, existing since hundreds of millions of years. Unlike other lakes in Canada, this lake has a lovely coastline which can be enjoyed throughout the year. The southern portion of the Lake Superior divides the United States and Canada and this portion is commonly called the ‘Graveyard of the Great Lakes’ because of the high number of shipwrecks around here. Recently, this part of the lake has been converted to an underwater reserve.
8. ABRAHAM LAKE
This lake and its surroundings have the effect ambience for a good hike enveloped only by nature as far as the eye can see. Abraham Lake is actually an artificial lake on the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta, Canada. The temperature around here drops to -30 degrees Celsius or even lesser during winter which freezes the entire lake. This makes it is one of the most eye-pleasing sights during winter. The uncommon yet outstanding bubbles found on the surface of the lake are due to the flammable methane gas. This creates a distinctive phenomenon in winter making this lake utterly beautiful.
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9. UPPER ARROW LAKE
Found in British Columbia, Canada, this lake makes the list only because of its beautiful view during the night. Although this lake doesn’t offer much of a view during the day, it is covered up by the sublime sight in the night. Covered totally by an incredible range of pine forest it gives a great opportunity for outdoor activities and also shades during the summer.
10. SPOTTED LAKE
The Spotted Lake is a saline-alkali lake located in the in the valley of British Columbia, Canada. The ‘Spotted’ lake certainly lives up to its name, not because of the water but due to the great variety of minerals present in the lake. The best time to visit this lake is during summer. When the water evaporates due to the heat, it leaves behind a lake bottom of a variety of colourful mineral ‘spots’. These mineral spots harden during the summer due to the extensive heat.
So, these are the beautiful lakes in Canada. A totally different lake than what you had expected, right? That is exactly what Canada offers.