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Moraine Lake: a lake in the Rocky Mountains

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Moraine Lake is a lake of glacial origin located in the scenic Valley of Ten Peaks at about 1,885 meters high. The lake is small in size – in fact it has an area of only 0.5 km² – but it is located in a scenario of incomparable beauty surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

According to many people, this lake is one of the most beautiful and scenic lakes in the Canadian Rockies. The lake is surrounded by ten high mountain peaks, the highest of which is the Deluntain Monuntain (3,424 m.).


Moraine Lake has a water with wonderful turquoise colors. As in Peyto Lake, this intense coloring is caused by the very fine particles of glacial silt, known as rock flour.

The lake area offers hikers and walkers numerous opportunities to admire the lake and the mountains that dominate it. There are one-day itineraries such as the path that leads to Eiffel Lake – 11.2 km long – or shorter ones such as the path to the Consolation Lakes, which is 6.4 km long and is covered in about 2 hours and 1/2. The shorter itineraries – to be completed in less than an hour – are those that run along or in the immediate vicinity of the lake.

You can admire the lake by walking along the east coast (Moraine Lake Lakeshore Trail, length 3.2 km, time 30-40 minutes). Or from above climbing along the great glacial moraine near the lodge (Rockpile Trail). Another possibility is to take the short path – 0.7 km, 20 minutes – which arrives at Moraine Lake Viewpoint. Alternatively, you can sail the lake with the canoes that are rented on the right just beyond the Lodge and the parking lot.

Moraine Lake, which is within Banff National Park, has become famous because in the past – between 1969 and 1979 – the image of the lake was printed on Canadian $ 20 bills.


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



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