You need to visit these 10 otherworldly lakes in Canada: Features Article by

Canada is home to more than two million lakes and contains more lake area than any other country. Which means finding a gorgeous setting to kayak, swim or fish in isn’t difficult. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorites.  

Western Brook Pond | Newfoundland and Labrador

Ancient cliffs shoot up from Western Brook Pond — Photo courtesy of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

The largest lake in Gros Morne National Park, Western Brook Pond is considered both a lake and a fjord. Avoid its chilly waters by taking in views of the area’s ancient cliffs and roaring waterfalls by boat. (Note that there’s a 45-minute walk to reach the dock from the parking lot.) For a bird’s-eye view, hike to the top of the gorge. 

Lake Louise | Alberta

Lake Louise is shockingly blue — Photo courtesy of Canadian Tourism Commission

The quintessential Canadian lake is a photographer’s dream with its staggering turquoise hue set against a backdrop of pointy peaks and Victoria Glacier. Sitting at 5,740 feet, the water doesn’t thaw until June, and its coloring is most vibrant in July and August when the flow of the glacier’s runoff is highest (the deep blue/green color is the result of light refracting off the resulting glacier silt).

Canoe, stand-up paddleboard or hike the Lake Louise Shoreline Trail for some of the best views, and plan to adventure in the early morning or late afternoon for the thinnest crowds. 

Lake O’Hara | British Columbia

A protected area within Yoho National Park, Lake O’Hara is surrounded by at least a dozen other lakes, all linked by a well-maintained network of trails. Parks Canada has a quota system in place and runs a bus (reservations required) for all inbound travelers, whether for day trips or overnight excursions.

You’ll appreciate the solitude on any of the myriad hikes – the longest is just five miles long – that snake out from all sides of the lake.  

Garibaldi Lake | British Columbia

The trail to Garibaldi Lake is not for…

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