Canada is by far one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the entire world. In particular, Alberta is definitely where it's at when it comes to gorgeous turquoise lakes and mountains abound. While most of us look towards the summer, planning trips to other places around the world, why don't we take the chance to explore our beautiful backyard first? We are SO close to the mountains, which makes for endless road trip possibilities and a never-ending supply of amazing photo ops.
We've gathered a list of some of the most stunning turquoise lakes in the province that you definitely need to check out this summer. Grab the besties, grab the car food, and put on your most mountain-dweller-wanderlust-travel-I love-Patagonia-hipster outfit and get in the car.
1. Moraine Lake
Alright, let's start with the creme of the crop, one of the most photographed places in all of Canada, and one of the most breathtaking views you'll ever experience in your life. Yes, the tourists love this place, but as long as you get off the beaten path it isn't difficult to find a view all to yourself.
2. Lake Minnewanka
This is one of the lesser known gems in Alberta, yet equally as beautiful. This place has beach-like vibes with mountain landscapes. It's the perfect place for a destination picnic or to cool off with a swim.
3. Peyto Lake
This one involves a bit of a hike, but with an ending view like this, you'll be running up the dang mountain in anticipation! The colour of the lake below is absolutely one of the most magnificent shades of blue you have ever seen.
4. Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake and Spirit Island are just two of the most photographed spots in the entire world, and it's not hard to see why. It's definitely a scene out of a dream, and it's a must-see spot for anyone looking to see the best Canada has to offer.
Well, this lake literally says Turquoise in the name, so you can't really go wrong here. This gorgeous hidden oasis is surrounded by gorgeous pines, and will provide you with the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of tourists at other, more popular, destinations.
6. Grassi Lakes
These crystal clear lakes will allow you to see the hidden world that lies underneath the water, while allowing you to be secluded in the depths of the mountains. It's also in Canmore, which is super convenient if you're looking for a little town to grab lunch!
This lake is absolutely stunning, but yet not a lot of Albertans know about it. What does that mean? A gorgeous tourist-free lake for you to spend hours at just reading or taking in views. But it comes at a cost - you do have to do a hike to get there.
8. Boundary Lake
Nestled in Jasper National Park, this little-known lake is another hidden gem that is totally worth seeing. The sky blue waters while absolutely gorgeous, also look quite chilly, so maybe pass on the post-hike swim..
9. Lake Louise
You didn't really think we were going to make a list about turquoise lakes in Alberta and not include Lake Louise, did you? This is probably the most popular spot, but regardless, it's still one of the most stunning. Beware of the parking lot though, it gets pretty crazy in the summertime...