From trails and cities to mountains and boardwalks, Wild Rose Country has some incredibly cool sights, but among the very best? Our many rivers, pools and watering holes. From hidden gems to well-known destinations, here are some of the most incredible blue lakes in Alberta – most of which are best seen in the warmer months!

Peyto Lake 


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There’s no place quite like Banff National Park and Peyto Lake? It’ll make your jaw drop. With bright blue water and towering forests on either side, this is a must-visit for those looking for something spectacular.

Where: Peyto Lake, Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

Moraine Lake 

Famous for its heavenly water, Moraine Lake is also located in Banff National Park and has delighted both locals and tourists all over the world. There’s nothing quite like it – so stretch those legs, bring a few snacks and check it out.

Where:  Moraine Lake, Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

Grassi Lakes


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A scenic surprise after a short mountain hike, Grassi Lakes has some of the clearest, bluest water in the province. Our advice? Leave early because this particular trail gets pretty busy – though it’ll be worth it!

Where: Grassi Lakes, Canmore, Alberta

Maligne Lake

Farther north? Maligne Lake is Jasper National Park’s answer to Lake Louise. A tourist destination for over a century, Maligne Lake is bright blue and is also home to Spirit Island, one of the most beautiful in Canada.

Where: Improvement District No. 12, Alberta

Abraham Lake


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Abraham Lake is an all-season stunner with some wildly blue water. What’s interesting, however, is that this is actually a manmade spot created in 1972 with the construction of the Bighorn Dam – though it’s still just as blue as the others on this list.

Where: Abraham Lake, Clearwater County, Alberta

Lake Athabasca

Straddling the Saskatchewan- Alberta border, Lake Athabasca is incredibly picturesque and as blue as can be. Here, you’ll be able to fish, lounge, take photos and make memories that’ll last a lifetime! Check it out.

Where: Division No. 18, Saskatchewan / Wood Buffalo, Alberta

Horseshoe Lake 


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Surrounded by tall cliffs, green trees and mountain views, Horseshoe Lake is a tranquil oasis perfect for lounging around. It’s quiet, it’s blue and you can swim here!

Where: Horseshoe Lake, Improvement District No. 12, Alberta

Lake Louise

Featuring a gorgeous waterfront hotel, tons of nearby amenities, and easy access to the lake itself, Lake Louise is the most famous on this entire list – and for good reason. It really is one of the most beautiful places – not only in Alberta or Canada but on the planet. It’s truly something else!

Where: Lake Louise, Alberta

And there you have it! Some of the most beautiful blue lakes you can visit in Alberta before summer’s end. Happy adventuring and enjoy!

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