There are thousands of lakes in Canada but some of the most beautiful turquoise gems are all concentrated in Alberta. This map will take you on a lake crawl like no other. In the summer, when these lakes are thawed the turquoise and emerald colours in the water shine like you wouldn't believe!

Whether you're looking for a place to take a dip this summer or you want to find the lake with the most intense and surreal shades of blueโ€”this map will take you through all the best turquoise lakes in Alberta.

What are you waiting for? Make like a duck and get out on the lake ASAP!

Maligne Lake 

Price: Free!

Address: Improvement District No. 12, AB

Why you need to go: This is the largest lake in the Rockies! You can take a boat to Spirit Island in the centre of the lake for a quintessential Albertan experience.

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Abraham Lake

Price: Free!

Address: Abraham Lake, Clearwater County, AB

Why you need to go: This lake is famous for the bubbles that get trapped in the ice in the winter, but in the summer it's great to walk or hike around and admire the turquoise colours without the touristy summer crowds you'll find at the more famous lakes.

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Peyto Lake

Price: Free!

Address: Peyto Lake, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why you need to go: This chilly glacier-fed lake has the most unreal shades of blue! It's like photoshop in real life where someone just cranked the saturation.

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Lake Louise

Price: Free!

Address: Lake Louise, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why you need to go: This might be the most iconic Canadian lake ever! Plus there's an actual castle right on the lake you can visit.

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Moraine Lake

Price: Free!

Address: 622 Moraine Lake Rd, Field, AB

Why you need to go: The most rugged rocky mountains imaginable surround this colour-changing lake! See it in late June for the most intense turquoise hues.

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Grassi Lakes

Price: Free!

Address: Grassi Lakes, Canmore, AB

Why you need to go: Canmore is one of the most underrated places in Alberta to visit plus the aquamarine Grassi Lakes are stunning.

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Lake Minnewanka

Price: Free!

Address: Lake Minnewanka, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why you need to go: Just north of Banff, this lake has a ton of amazing hiking and biking trails. You can go canoeing and glide over the turquoise water in peace and tranquillity. 

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Horseshoe Lake

Price: Free!

Address: Improvement District No. 12, AB

Why you need to go: This is one of the best summer swimming holes near Calgary and the water is incredibly clear. Come here to hang out and cool off on a hot summer day.

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