Waterfowl Lakes

July 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Waterfowl Lakes (Upper and Lower) are just north of Peyto Lake on the Icefields Parkway. By far, the easier of the two lakes to see is Lower Waterfowl Lake. There is a large pull-off on the eastern shore of LWL and many people stop at this pull-off to admire the mountain-backed lake of turquoise. We stopped at this lake and this pull-off on more than one occasion.

 

Lower Waterfowl LakeLower Waterfowl LakeWaterfowl Lakes

Lower Waterfowl LakeLower Waterfowl LakeWaterfowl Lakes

 

To get to Upper Waterfowl Lake requires a 5-minute hike through the woods. The first time we went to UWL was one of the first days we were hiking through woods without anyone else. Because of recent bear sightings at the campground between the two lakes (and not far from this particular trail), we stayed at the lake edge for just a short while. About a week or so later, we visited the lake again. The walk to the lake didn't seem as long and no bears were seen on the way down, so we stayed at the lake for longer. UWL is a smaller lake than LWL, making it more difficult to take the scenery in with just one photo. This is what I saw looking left, straight ahead, and then to the right.

 

Upper Waterfowl LakeUpper Waterfowl LakeWaterfowl Lakes

Upper Waterfowl LakeUpper Waterfowl LakeWaterfowl Lakes

Upper Waterfowl LakeUpper Waterfowl LakeWaterfowl Lakes

 

After taking all this grandeur in for a while, we started our walk back to the car. More comfortable walking through the woods this time, we weren't in as much of a rush as we were the last time we were here, and we noticed more things. Part of the trail reminded us a portion of a previous trail we hiked. We discovered the other trail was actually part of the old Icefields Parkway and we figured this was also part of the same road. 

 

We also spotted something in the woods we didn't notice on any of the previous times we had been up and down this trail: an old outhouse. We walked over to it and peaked in, and sure enough, it was an outhouse. We didn't feel the need to use it though.

 

Old OuthouseOld OuthouseUpper Waterfowl Lake

 


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