Did you know that Canada has more than 60% of the World’s Lakes? Here are the top 10 stunning ones:
#10 Medicine Lake
“Medicine Lake, Jasper National Park, Can” (CC BY 2.0) by eleephotography
Medicine Lake also known as the “Disappearing Lake” is located 20 km from the town of Jasper, Alberta. This lake which is full during the summer performs a disappearing act and vanishes to almost the size of a few puddles during autumn.
#9 Emerald Lake
“Canoeists on Emerald Lake” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by dave_hensley
Emerald Lake derived its name from the gorgeous green color of its water. This lake is the largest lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia and is a popular lake to spot wildlife such as moose, osprey, bald eagles and loons.
#8 Abraham Lake
“Sunrise over Abraham Lake” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Fred Dunn
The Abraham lake is not a naturally formed lake and was created in 1972 due to the construction of a dam.
This lake is popular during winter when the methane gas released by the decaying plants get trapped under the ice leading to frozen bubbles.
#7 Osoyoos Spotted Lake
“Osoyoos Spotted Lake” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by marcia-oc
The Osoyoos Spotted lake is located northwest of Osoyoos in the Eastern Similkameen Valley, British Columbia. The spots on the lake are the main draw of the lake. The spots which vary in size and color are formed when the water evaporates during the summer leaving mineral deposits behind. The color of the spots is determined by the concentration of the mineral deposit.
#6 Waterton Lake
“Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton National” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Gord McKenna
The Waterton Lake is the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies and is located in the Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. As on Oct 2017, many parts of the park have been closed to public due to the Kenow Fire.
#5 Vermillion Lakes
“Vermillion Lakes” (CC BY 2.0) by Brandon.Levinger
The Vermillion lakes consists of three lakes at the foot of Mount Norquay. The lake can be accessed by the Banff Legacy Trail, which is popular among cyclists and hikers. These lakes are also a hotspot for wildlife and you even can occasionally spot a grizzly bear hunting fish.
#4 Maligne Lake
“Canada, juni 2009” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Martha de Jong-Lantink
Maligne Lake is known for its crystal blue water and the picturesque landscape. The small island on the lake is called the Spirit Island and can be accessed by boat tours that run from summer to fall.
#3 Peyto Lake
“Peyto Lake, Canada” (CC BY 2.0) by garyullah
This brightly coloured turquoise lake is a very popular lake in Banff, Alberta. It is often remarked that the shape of the lake looks like a wolf’s head from a distance.
#2 Lake Louise
“Sometimes there’s just not enough words.” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Michael Muraz
Lake Louise is one of the top lakes to visit in the Rockies. The lake is very popular among tourists. Not only is the color of the lake stunning, there are many things like boating, hiking trails and accomodations at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, that can be of interest to a traveler.
#1 Moraine Lake
“Moraine Lake Sunrise” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by `James Wheeler
Moraine Lake is located close to Lake Louise in the Banff National Park. This lake is famed for its distinctive blue color and magnificent views. This famous view of the lake is the one of the most popular photo spots in Canada and also made it to the back of the twenty dollar note of Canada in 1969 and 1979.