The second largest country in the world, Canada ,is known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. It is home to eight different forest regions, two mountain regions, volcanoes and an Arctic zone. It also happens to have the world’s largest amount of freshwater lakes, which are distributed in all ten provinces and three territories.
It is believed that Canada has over 2 million lakes, of which 31,752 are larger than three square kilometers, of which 561 are larger than 100 square kilometers. In fact, over 9% of the country is covered in fresh water. That’s over 890,000 square miles! With so many lakes, it is almost impossible to decide which lakes are the best. Still, some of these lakes are much more spectacular than others.
Lake Louise; Banff National Park, Alberta
You haven’t really seen a lake in Canada until you’ve seen Lake Louise! The ice lake is small however it is extremely spectacular with its emerald green water and stunning surrounding mountains.
Lake Louise is located at the foot of Mount Victoria at an altitude of 1,750 meters. It is one of the main attractions of Banff National Park, not only for the landscape, but also for outdoor activities, which include hiking, mountain biking, rowing, ice climbing and, of course, ice fishing.
At the eastern end of the lake is the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, one of Canada’s major railroad hotels. The lake is also near the Lake Louise ski area, one of the three main ski areas within the national park and the first stop at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup.
Lake Garibaldi; Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia
This turquoise-colored alpine lake is located in the Garibaldi Provincial Park at an altitude of 1,484 meters. It is a stunning lake that is almost entirely surrounded by mountains that are reflected in the mirror-like water.
Lake Garibaldi stretches over 990 acres between Whistler and Squamish. It is only accessible by hiking along the nearly nine-kilometer Garibaldi Lake Trail.
Visit in the winter months and enjoy snow skiing or snow skiing while being enchanted by the beauty of the lake. During the rest of the year, go hiking and enjoy the meadows, flowers and waterfalls.
Lake Moraine; Banff National Park, Alberta
Although Lake Louise tends to attract more attention, there is nothing less enchanting than Lake Moraine of Banff National Park. The perfect icy lake lake is located in a valley of ten peaks at an altitude of more than 1880 meters.
Some can recognize the lake from ads, video games, or even a login screen, even though they don’t even come close to the real thing. In fact, it is probably one of the most photographed lakes in all of Canada.
There are several walking trails around the lake that offer spectacular views of the lake and the Ten Peaks Valley behind it. The lake is also the starting point of the Perren route; eight to ten hours of ascent to the Neil Colgan hut.
Emerald Lake; Yoho National Park, British Columbia
Emerald Lake is the largest of the 61 lakes within the park, and is also the best of the pile. The beautiful emerald green lake is completely surrounded by the mountains of the Presidential Area and is located at an altitude of over 1200 meters.
The lake is one of the main attractions of Yoho National Park, offering canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. It is also easy to reach the vehicle, even if it is in a hidden area.
The lake is frozen from November to June, and is most pronounced in July when the snow melts in the surrounding mountains. Still, no matter when you visit Emerald Lake, you’ll be thrilled.
Observed lake; British Columbia
The observed lake is naturally phenomenal because the water evaporates in summer leaving stains of mineral deposits. This can only be seen in the summer months, which is the only time to visit the lake and experience its “amazingness”.
As summer progresses, places change. Also, the spots change color as evaporation increases.
The Alkaline Lake is located in the Similkameen Valley near the desert town of Osoyoosa and is accessible by road (Highway 3). It is protected by a fence because it is a culturally and environmentally sensitive area, although it is still easy to photograph behind it.