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Spending the summer in Whistler, BC, Canada and travelling into the neighbouring state of Alberta from there we were constantly blown away by the nature that surrounded us. The natural colour that lit up the landscape through the huge trees, impressive mountains and epic Canadian lakes just blew us away. Some lakes can be seen pretty easily from the main roads and highways but those that were the most rewarding were the ones that took a few hours or even a day to hike up to as they also came with the feeling of being totally lost in the wilderness. Each one completely different to the last and all boasting their own shade of magnificent blue, here are our 10 favourite Canadian Lakes that will blow your mind.

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10 Canadian Lakes That Will Blow Your Mind…

1. Cheakamus Lake

Located a few km’s just south of Whistler Village in Cheakamus with a 7km trail leading down the side of the lake with two campsites along the way. This lake gives epic views of the Garibaldi Provincial Park mountains and is a great place to camp and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

2. Moraine Lake

The iconic, beautiful and peaceful Moraine Lake located close to Lake Louise, Banff. We would recommend getting here early as it is a bit of a tourist hotspot when the buses start arriving. There are also a few great hikes and some amazing canoeing that can be done on and around Moraine Lake.

3. Iceberg Lake

Part of the ‘Skywalk’ trail heading up from Whistler, a not so strenuous hike leading up to a glacier that sits high above the lake. The surrounding area boasts beautiful meadows ladened with huge trees and colourful flowers! One of the smaller Canadian lakes to behold but still a unique beautiful spot!

4. Green Lake

Glacier fed and very cold all year round (trust us) this tranquil lake sits on the outskirts of Whistler northbound toward Pemberton. With hikes accessible all around the lake as well as the Nicholas North Golf club situated here it is a great place for a walk, a drink and a bite to eat.

5. Garibaldi Lake

Part of the provincial park and accessible with hikes such as the Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge (featured in photo) this lake can also be visited from the lakeside itself with a popular campground also situated there. We would highly recommend the Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge hikes which bring in different views of the lake and surrounding areas!

6. Lake Lousie

Probably the most well-known of the 10 Canadian lakes situated in the state of Alberta. The famous Fairmont Chateau is situated right on the lake and is a perfect stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner as well as staying a night or two. With a couple of hikes accessible from the Lake and also Agnes Tea house, a few km’s walk and 400m incline walk up to the right hand side of the lake. Tea up the top of a mountain – Yes please!

7. Wedgemount Lake

A beautiful small lake at the top of Wedgemount Mountain. The lake is accessed by a steep 7km hike up Wedgemount with a short scramble at the end. Fed by a glacier at the back of the lake that can also be walked up to with proper snow shoe equipment. This tranquil setting truly feels like you are lost in your own little world.

8. Russet Lake

Located in the Garibaldi National Park and accessible by hiking 14km from Whistler Village. Russett Lake is completely tucked away on the other side of the Blackcomb Glacier again a magical experience of feeling like you are truly disconnected from civilisation & deeply connected to the wilderness.

9. Peyto Lake

Located on the iconic Icefields Parkway in Alberta and easily accessible by road. A short walk from the car park boasts an epic view of the lake and glacier to the right in which the mountains loom over the lake which is shaped like a wolf’s head. The whole setting feels rather surreal as you stand there and just take it all in!

10. Alta Lake

Situated in the heart of Whistler with stunning views of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains Alta is also the starting point to access the River of Golden Dreams during the early summer months. It is an epic days’ activity floating and paddling down the river by kayak, canoe or anything you can lay you hands on that floats! We would definitely recommend getting there in the morning for sunrise as the mist often covers the lake and with the sun peaking over the mountains it is an incredible start to the day!

We hope you have enjoyed our 10 Canadian Lakes that will blow your mind! Any comments or questions for us? Just add them below!

You can also see the rest of our posts and more epic things we got up to in Canada right here.

Happy adventuring 🙂

Adam & Kelly x

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The Wilder Route - Author Bio. Image shows Kelly & Adam sat on a rock with a cloud encompassed mountain behind them, they are facing the camera & smiling. Kelly is wearing a bright yellow coat, a brown hat, jeans & yellow leg warmers. Adam is wearing a navy blue coast & jeans.

In 2017 Kelly & Adam Peck embarked on a journey that would change their lives forever... 

Equipped with a couple of second-hand bikes, they took a one-way flight to Havana, Cuba &, after a cycling escapade that took them over four hundred kilometres - through remote villages & untouched landscapes, the roots of The Wilder Route were firmly planted. 

From there the adventure was destined to continue... this intrepid couple spent the next 10 months soaking up the vibrance of Mexico, hiking up volcanoes in Guatemala, taking in the wild scenery of Canada & experiencing the beauty & diversity of Colombia, before eventually returning to the UK. 

With the feeling of exploration in their souls, Kelly & Adam knew that they wanted to build a life that brought them closer to nature, a life that made adventure part of their every day. Selling most of their belongings & packing the rest of what they owned into their tiny home on wheels, van life became the next step of their journey.

Since moving into their motorhome in 2018 (a Bessacar E560 named Barnaby) they have experienced many more magical moments, built their online business on the road & have even planned a wedding & said "I do" along the way.

Featured in publications such as Wanderlust Magazine & Housesitting Magazine & speaking at events such as Destinations ShowsBorderless Live & The Caravan & Motorhome Show about living a location-independent lifestyle - they are passionate about helping & inspiring others to explore, to connect with nature &, to live alternatively.

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6 thoughts on “10 Canadian Lakes That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. sophiegdonnelly says:

    I can’t wait to go to the rockies Mountains! We went to Vancouver last year but didn’t have time to go to whistler which was annoying but it’s now given me the perfect excuse to go back!

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks for reading Sophie 🙂 The Rockies blew us away & what’s great about the Icefields Parkway is there are loads of places to stop off & enjoy the scenery! Vancouver is such a cool city & Whistler is well worth a visit, we have loads of posts up on the area if you do go back.

      • sophiegdonnelly says:

        I will be going back don’t you worry about that! I was gutted we didn’t have time but as I say an excuse to go. I’m looking forward to reading them, will defo use them to convince the other half! I may also have to come ask you for more advice haha!

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