Have you been dreaming about a tropical getaway? Well, you don't need to fly away to the Caribbean to enjoy crystal clear water. Within our province, there are tons of different lakes with water so beautiful you'll think it was Photoshopped. To help you discover some of these local hidden gems, we've made a list of where you can find the most spectacular turquoise water in Alberta.

At times it can feel like our summer is too short, and winter can drag on forever. So, once the warm weather arrives, it is essential to make the most of it.

For the ultimate relaxing afternoon, it's hard to beat a trip to the lake. It is a fantastic spot to make memories with your friends as you enjoy kayaking, relaxing on the beach and, of course, swimming.

Even when it is too cold to dive into the water, you can always go for a hike nearby to enjoy the breathtaking azure scenery.

To make the most of your weekends, you'll want to start planning your road trips with your friends now. Thankfully these bodies of water are all nearby, so you won't have to travel too far.

Here are 11 incredible lakes in Alberta with crystal clear water that you need to see first-hand:

Grassi Lakes

Address: Grassi Lakes, Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: Following one of Canmore's most spectacular hiking trails, you'll be led through the forest to two clear aquamarine lakes (Upper Grassi Lake and Lower Grassi Lake). The entire 4km route should take approximately two hours to complete.


Maligne Lake

Address: Jasper National Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: At the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies you can enjoy a relaxing camping getaway, where you can spend the afternoon canoeing across the water.


Moraine Lake

Address: Banff National Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: When you see photos of Moraine Lake, you might think it has been digitally edited as the water is such a vivid colour. The lake here is indeed that stunning that you absolutely need to see it in person.


Barrier Lake

Address: Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: The human-made lake is a gorgeous spot to go stand-up paddleboarding on the clear water. Nearby you can also enjoy several hiking trails.


Lake Louise

Address: Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: It's hard to beat the famous azure scenes at Lake Louise that attracts travellers from across the globe. Nearby you can enjoy hiking trails that will give you a picture-perfect view of the water.


Chephren Lake

Address: Saskatchewan Crossing, AB

Why You Need To Go: The next time you are looking for something to do, why not try the 3.5 km hike at Chephren Lake? The walk will take you through a spruce forest to a jaw-dropping lake, where you will see Mount Chephren.


Horseshoe Lake

Address: Horseshoe Lake, Improvement District No. 12, AB

Why You Need To Go: It is a fantastic swimming spot in the summer, as you can enjoy the lake's crystal clear water. When it's too cold to swim, you can still enjoy the view of the water from the short hiking trail nearby.


Peyto Lake

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

Why You Need To Go: The summer is the best time to enjoy this incredible aqua water. When it's warm out, glacier water flows into the lake, giving it a stunning hue.


Quarry Lake

Address: Quarry Lake, Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: It is an old mining quarry that was transformed into a magnificent swimming hole. When the weather is good, it's a dreamy spot to relax on the sandy beach and cool off by going for a dip.


Address: Abraham Lake, Clearwater County, AB

Why You Need To Go: Abraham Lake is best known for the small bubbles that form when it freezes. During the rest of the year, you can enjoy the amazing views of turquoise lake.


Lake Minnewanka

Address: Banff National Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: Lake Minnewanka is the ultimate spot to relax with friends. Here you can go canoeing, hiking, swimming, or have a picnic. It's also the only lake in Banff National Park where you can use a powerboat.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.



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