Lake Moraine is one of the most photographed areas in all of Canada! It’s situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks in the Lake Louise area of Banff National Park. The scenery is absolutely incredible, and the color of the lake is more vibrant than any other glacier fed lake I’ve seen! Depending on the time of day you’re there, the lake varies from a glacier blue to a glacial aqua in color, either way it’s stunning!
Several great hikes take off from this area, but beware that it’s required to have at least 4 people on most of these trails because there is often lots of bears in the area. Most people wait for additional parties to come along, and ask to join their group if they’re lacking the right amount of people. If you’re not into hiking, the scenery is still remarkable from the parking lot. There is a small hill of rocks that most people climb called the Rockpile Trail, it’s 300 meters long and it only gains 79 feet of elevation. From the top of the rock pile, Lake Moraine stretches away from you to the end of the Valley of Ten Peaks.
The above photos were taken later in the day, with the sun casting a haze on the ten peaks. The color of the water usually leans toward aqua as the sun moves across the sky. Sunrise is the best time to be there for optimum light in the valley. As the day wears on, you’ll find yourself squinting to bring the peaks into sharper focus, whereas in the morning they’re crystal clear (see the top photo on this page).
It also helps to have a full frame camera, even if it’s an iPad or phone camera. The Valley of Ten Peaks is enormous, and my camera could only capture parts of it at a time. We have a couple of photos on our iPad that are nice to use in digital frames because quality isn’t such an issue on a small scale. Some day, I’d love to go back with a proper set up and get some pictures that could be blown up and put on canvas.
See you soon for a journey north into the Canadian Icefields!