Moraine Lake is a body of water in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, which attracts thousands of tourists with its emerald waters and breathtaking wilderness. Moraine enters into the huge range of Banff National Park, which is located near the border between Alberta and British Columbia.
In the vicinity of Moraine Lake, 14 kilometers to the north, is the no less impressive Lake Louise. Lake Moraine is fed by the melting ice glaciers and is located in the famous Valley of the Ten Peaks. The bed of Moraine is surrounded by exactly ten majestic mountains with frosted peaks which reach a height of 3000 meters above sea level.
Moraine is about 130 km from Calgary and was formed at 1885m altitude. Transparently clear waters of the water basin cover an area of 0, 5sq.km. When Moraine is absolutely full its waters start to shine in different shades of blue. The hypnotizing crystal color of Moraine is due to rock sediments, which have deposited on the rock-bottom of the lake.
From Lake Louise, Moraine is within easy reach, and the two water pools long rival in beauty. The route starts from the village of Lake Louise, where the road goes up towards Moraine. Follow the road which will go through the Eden Valley and eventually out to the car park on the lake.
Moraine Lake offers several tourist routes, but sometimes visitors to the park are limited because of danger of grizzly bears. Custodians of the park, however, take thorough care to provide alternative paths. Tourists usually prefer the easiest route - The Rockpile Trail, which is only 300 meters long and has vertical displacement of only 24 meters.
This trail takes visitors to a place where the lake Moraine and all other natural beauty of the area around it are seen as flat as the palm of one’s hand. This magnificent view is one of the most photographed in all of Canada. A view of the Valley of the ten peaks behind the lake Moraine is known by the locals as Twenty Dollar View, because the panorama was part of the banknote of 20 Canadian dollars between 1969 and 1979.
The path along Moraine Lake is about 3 kilometers long and has variation in height of 90 meters. It leads to the more overhead Consolation Lake. Close to Moraine Lake Lodge are two routes to explore the area.
Tourism chalets here offer all amenities for visitors - the area is well developed, offering canoe trips on the river and various other outdoor activities as well as the opportunity to learn a lot about local culture, history and traditions associated with the indigenous people - Canadian Indians.