Often it feels like summer is over in a blink of an eye. So it is essential to make every sunny day count. There is no need to fly to Mexico or Hawaii to see bright blue water. Instead, you can stay closer to home and go on a road trip to our most spectacular lakes. To help you plan, we create a map to take you to the most gorgeous turquoise lakes in Alberta.

Get ready to be awestruck. We are blessed to have so many aqua lakes, but we did all the work for you to make a list of the absolute best ones.

It is completely up to you if you want to use your holidays and do a lake crawl from one to the next, or if you want to explore a different spot every weekend.

So what will you do first?

Perhaps, pretending to be somewhere tropical and relax on a sandy beach reading a book? Or are you going to dive into a refreshing pool of clear water to help you beat the heat?

Summer also wouldn't be complete without going canoeing and hiking at least once.

It is time to start planning on where to go first so keep this map in your back pocket the next time you crave adventure and clear blue waters this summer.

Lake Annette

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

Why You Need To Go: It is a fantastic spot to go swimming and will give you tropical vibes as you lounge on the soft sandy beach.


Moraine Lake

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

Why You Need To Go: Did you know the water here gets even more stunning in the summer? As the glaciers melt, the lake transforms into a brighter shade of turquoise that is breathtaking.


Peyto Lake

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

Why You Need To Go: It is worth every step to hike up to the magnificent lookout of Peyto Lake. The entire journey will take you under an hour, so grab your water bottle and head here ASAP.


Grassi Lakes

Address: Grassi Lakes, Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: You will get two sights to enjoy here. The Upper Grassi Lakes Trail Loop Trail will take you to picturesque cyan bodies of water.


Horseshoe Lake

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

Why You Need To Go: If you don't have air conditioning, this refreshing swimming hole is a dreamy spot to cool down.


Lake Minnewanka

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

Why You Need To Go: There is so much to do at this lesser-known spot in Alberta, like canoeing or hiking around the lake. If you prefer to have more of a low-key day, you can always enjoy a picnic by the water instead.


Maligne Lake 

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

Why You Need To Go: This lake in Jasper National Park is famous for its sparkling aquamarine water. In the summer, it is a peaceful spot to go canoeing surrounded by the Canadian Rockies.


Lake Louise

Address: Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: There is a reason it is the most iconic Canadian Lake, no matter how many times you see the water, it is just as stunning.

Barrier Lake

Address: Barrier Lake, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: The next sunny day, you'll definitely want to lace up your hiking shoes and explore the walking trails around this lake. Or you could always paddle around the water in a kayak or canoe.


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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