Splendid Moraine Lake in Canada

If you are passionate about hiking and you want to practice your favorite outdoor activity in the vicinity of one of the most beautiful glacially fed lakes in the world, then you should pack your gear and head to Alberta in Canada, as this is where the Moraine Lake can be found.  Perched at an altitude of about 6,183 feet, the lake measures a total area of 0.19 square miles and boasts a maximum depth of 46 feet. Its deep shade of blue that impresses a great deal of tourists each year is owed to the refraction of light off the rock flour found in the lake’s waters.

Moraine Lake (3)

As you probably figured out by now, one of the most popular activities at Moraine Lake is hiking and mountaineering. Out of the many available trails, The Rockpile Trail is the most popular, measuring 984 feet in length and leading to a rock pile that provides staggering views of the lake and nearby mountains. As a matter of fact, this area is reportedly one of the most picturesque and frequently photographed in the entire country but this is not because of its enormous beauty alone. The mountains we mentioned before actually represent the so-called “Twenty Dollar View” since the lake was depicted on the reverse side of the Canadian twenty-dollar bill between 1969 and 1979.

Not too far there is the Consolation Lakes trail that stretches for 1.9 miles and reaches altitudes of 300 feet. Furthermore, the Moraine Lake Lodge canoe docks are in close proximity to a different trailhead that splits into two different trails along the way, one of which divides into four trails. That sums up to 5 distinct trails that start from the docks, namely the Eiffel Lake, the Moraine Lake Lakeshore Trail, the Larch Valley, Sentinel Pass and Wenkchemna Pass.

As far as mountaineering is concerned, there is a route named the Perren Route that starts from Moraine Lake and leads to the Neil Colgan Hut, which is an alpine hut found on the Fay Glacier in Kootenay National Park. This route takes between 8 and 12 hours to traverse, which is why it is recommended for experienced trekkers in particular.

Apart from being featured on the Canadian twenty-dollar bill, the beautiful image of Moraine Lake was also included as an image on the Blackberry Pearl smartphone as well as on the Palm Pre.  The Windows 7 operating system’s Canada and Winter versions also showcased the breathtaking image as a wallpaper.

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