Parker Ridge Trail

The Parker Ridge Trail provides amazing views of the Saskatchewan Glacier.

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The full hike to the end of the trail is 5 kilometres (3 miles) return. I did observe that not all hikers walk right to the end of the trail.

There is a turquoise lake at the foot of Saskatchewan Glacier. Parker Ridge only provides a view of part of the glacier. The glacier is approximately 13 km (8.1 miles) in length and covers an area of approximately 30 square km (11.5 miles).

Parker Ridge is named after surveyor Herschel Clifford Parker.

The Parker Ridge Trail is located on the Icefields Parkway in northern Banff National Park. There is a parking area on the west side of Icefields Parkway at the 117 km mark or 4 km south of the boundary between Banff and Jasper parks.

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Bow Summit & Peyto Lake

The Bow Summit Lookout provides amazing views of the turquoise coloured Peyto Lake.

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At 2070 metres above sea level the Bow Summit is the highest point on the Icefields Parkway.

It is approximately 10 to 15 minutes walk from the carpark to a viewing platform overlooking Peyto Lake.

Peyto Lake gets its a strong turquoise colour from the glacier rock flour that flows into it during the summer months. The lake is named after William ‘Wild Bill’ Peyto, an early park warden of the Banff National Park.

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