West Canada Lakes
Canada has a lot of lakes. Think 32,000. With all those options, how do you decide which ones to visit? Lucky for you, I’ve compiled my top ten lakes that you must see when you’re in Canada. Don’t bother thanking me; it’s what I do.
1.) Lake Louise
I wrote a little bit about Lake Louise in a previous article, because it really does deserve its very own post. In sum, this glacial lake is incredible for its hiking, canoeing, and (believe it or not) tea houses.
2.) Moraine Lake
Not too far from Lake Louise is Moraine Lake. There are a couple special things about this lake that are worth noting. First, this lake became famous on Canada’s $20 bill. Secondly, it is a very distinct shade of blue because of rock flour in the water. So if you’re looking for a great #nofilter view, this is the place to go.
3.) Patricia Lake
You can visit Patricia Lake when you go to Jasper National Park. Its claim to fame is its status as a test site for a WWII unsinkable aircraft carrier. There’s a plaque about it somewhere near the lake.
4.) Maligne Lake
Another beautiful lake in Jasper national park is Maligne Lake. This is one of the top tourist destinations for people who want to photograph the Rockies. In fact, Spirit Island, located in Lake Maligne, is the most photographed location of the Canadian Rockies. Spirit isn’t the only great photo opportunity, though; the whole lake is stunning with its brilliant coloring and surrounding mountains.
5.) Bow Lake
Bow Lake is yet another lovely glacial lake in Alberta. The coolest part of this lake (apart from the views, the hiking, the watersports…) is Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. The lodge is over 75 years old and is distinctively rugged with its red roofs and stunning views.
6.) Grassi Lakes
The trek to these lakes is worth it when you see the view and the marks that untold time has left on the area. Ancient history left a long-dead reef that is now an interesting geological formation and great rock climbing spot. More recent history left thousand-year-old cave paintings that you can look at.
7.) Garibalidi Lake
This is a place for the adventurous. The lake was formed with a volcanic eruption dammed the river. Today, a volcanic eruption is still a possibility, so certain areas around the lake aren’t safe for habitation. People still love to visit and enjoy the views, though, including the view of Battleship Island, an island that looks like an actual battleship because of the silhouette of vegetation.
8.) Rice Lake
Not to be confused with Rice Lake in Ontario, Vancouver’s Rice Lake is a perfect destination for vacationing families. It is easily reached by a flat, short walk that people of all ages enjoy. Two of the top activities here are trail running and fishing.
9.) Thetis Lake
Although Thetis Lake was named after a mythological Greek sea nymph, the most famous mythical creature in the lake is reptilian. The Thetis Lake Monster, supposedly a lizard-like humanoid, has filled the imaginations of locals for decades. Maybe you can be the first to prove its existence!
10.) Sooke Potholes
It might not be a great name, but these small lakes are a definitely a great place. You can swim in the holes, or take a jaunt down the creek to find some pretty waterfalls.
18 thoughts on “10 Canadian Lakes You Can’t Miss”
What gorgeous lakes! The color is amazing. I wouldn’t mind checking some of these out.
These all look like beautiful lakes to visit. I definitely want to see Garibalidi Lake
Oh Garibaldi, yes, my favorite but also the most difficult to get to. IF you love hiking, go for it.
1,2,7 and 9 are looks a great Lake. Canada is one of my dream country. Wish i go in this country and visit those lakes. 🙂
Go during the summer, there are a lot of hikes that you could do.
These lakes are all so gorgeous! I have never been to Canada, but would really love to visit sometime soon 🙂
You should, you won’t regret it.
Lake Louise looks gorgeous
Each lake has their own unique beauty and that’s what makes them all worth going to! My favorite has to be Moraine Lake! The water is breathtaking!
Yes, and what I liked about it was when I went, it was less crowded than Lake Louise. Its smaller and more quiet. Hopefully, it stays that way.
Beautiful photos! I hope to visit Canada someday.
My husband and I love to travel and we’ve been all over the US. We’ve rarely been to Canada though and it would be awesome to go here and just enjoy these lovely lakes.
Oh, each lake in Canada that I saw was breathtaking. You can also rent a canoe, its fun.
Beautiful lakes, I can’t wait to travel and see these places!
I really and truly love Canada. If we could replicate it at a more southern latitude I would be all about living there. Those lakes are GORGEOUS and I really need to explore more of the country.
I spent a month and a half in Canada, I feel like it wasn’t enough. It is such a beautiful country.
Wow, lovely lakes and your pics are gorgeous! Love this post, must-see all of these places.
Good to know you loved my post, which one is your favorite lake?