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Moraine Lake: one of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies

The Moraine Lake is a glacial lake located in the scenic Valley of Ten Peaks at about 1,885 meters high. The lake is small – it has an area of only 0.5 square kilometers – but it is located in a setting of incomparable beauty surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

The Moraine Lake is according to many people one of the most beautiful and scenic lakes of the Canadian Rockies. The lake is surrounded by ten high mountain peaks, the highest of which is the Deltaform Monuntain (3424 m.). The Moraine Lake has a water with wonderful colors turquoise and – as in Peyto Lake – this intense coloration is caused by fine particles of glacial silt, known as rock flour.

The lake area offers to the hikers and lovers of walking numerous opportunities to admire the lake and mountains that dominate it. There are routes of a day as the path that leads the Eiffel Lake – 11.2 km long – or more short as the path for the Consolation Lakes, which has a length of 6.4 km and take approximately 2 hours and 1/2. The shortest routes – to be performed in less than an hour – are those that run along or near the lake.

You can admire the lake walking along the east coast (Moraine Lake Lakeshore Trail, length 3.2 km, time 30-40 minutes), or from the top by climbing along the great glacial moraine near the lodge (Rockpile Trail), or finally go the short path – 0.7 km, 20 minutes – arriving at Moraine Lake Viewpoint. Alternatively, you can sail the lake with canoes that are rented to the right just past the Lodge and parking.

The Moraine Lake has become famous because in the past – between 1969 and 1979 – the image of the lake was printed on the Canadian $ 20 bills.


The Moraine Lake is located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks just 12 km from Lake Louise and 70 km from Banff.

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