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“Favorite Lake in Canadian Rockies!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake
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Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Lake Louise
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This beautiful lake nestled in the mountains is best known for its appearance on the back of the Canadian dollar bill.
Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews
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“Favorite Lake in Canadian Rockies!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

I visit this Lake on a regular basis. 5 to 10 times a year. It is one of the magical places in the Rockies. No matter the time of year it is always special. Saw that it was rated one of the worlds top 10 places to see on Trip Advisor. Thought I would share a photo taken in late May. Road is closed during Winter and this a Spring photo, before the ice melts.

Visited May 2012
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“One of the most famous views in the Canadian Rockies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We have been here numerous times over the years. This is one of the most scenic lakes to view in the Canadian Rockies. The really tough part about seeing this lake is the time of day. If you go first thing in the morning, there is hardly anyone there, however, the water is not the beautiful color you see in the pictures. To see that color you need to be there mid day and unfortunately that is the busiest time for this lake! The parking lot is always full in the afternoon, in fact it is so full, often you have to park at the side of the road if you are lucky enough to find a spot. Parks Canada doesn't like people parking on the side of the road.
Your best bet in seeing this attraction is to come mid morning and plan on staying for a while. There is a restaurant and hotel here with gift shop, so you can get a meal. There are trails around the lake as well, but as soon as the trails leave the lake, you have to be in groups of four or six (depends upon animal sightings - check with Parks Canada).
There is a great mound of rock at the top of the lake (this is where all the famous pictures are taken), There is great debate amongst geologists on how this mound got there, but for us, it is a great climb and easy to do. In fact Parks Canada revamped all the trails and steps in 2010 I believe.

Visited August 2012
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Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
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“Breathtaking.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

What can I say about this lake that hasnt already been said?, people may say "Its ONLY a lake", but its not,, Its an escapism, its a picture from the brochure, its a dream, but most of all it is a memory that will last in your heart & mind FOREVER,,an absolute MUST SEE for ALL visitors. ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING.

Visited June 2012
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Uiwang, South Korea
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“Second-to-none view from Morain Lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

What a view to a kill from Morain Lake it was. If you are considering to visit Lake Louise, don't forget to visit Morain Lake comparing those lakes.

Visited July 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“One of the most beautiful lakes in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Moraine Lake must be one of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies. It is located in Banff National Park near Lake Louise at the end of the Moraine Lake Road. When visiting don't forget to walk up the rockpile for the best view of this beautiful lake. You can also walk along a path that follows the shoreline of the lake and you can rent a canoe here as well.

The colour is usually a beautiful turquois, but it depends a bit on the time of day and the light. ou might wonder how these lakes have such a colours. Well, here's a short explanation for that: These lakes are can thank their brilliant blue-green colour to the light filtering effect of rock flour (a powdery substance that the glaciers grind off the mountain rocks) in the glacial runoff (meltwater). The rock flour that is suspended in the water filters out much of the light spectrum except for blues and greens leaving this remarkable turquoise blue color.

The rock flour might also leave that milky look to the water. That's why each lake looks different and each lake might look different on the same day. For example, on a calm morning or evening, the lake might look like a mirror and the colours is barely visible. But on other times of the day the lake is blue. It all depends on the weather conditions and how much rock flour is present in the water.

Visited July 2012
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