Moraine Lake in Canada.

Moraine Lake in Canada.

Moraine Lake is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Canada. It is  a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park.  The lake has a surface area of 0.5 square kilometers.

The lake, being glacially fed, doesn’t reach it is crest until middle to late June. When it’s full, it reflects a distinct shade of blue. The color is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis.

The area around the lake has several walking/hiking trails.  Parks Canada provides updated trail conditions and/or restrictions.

The Rockpile Trail along the actual moraine is approximately 300 metres long, with an elevation change of 24 metres (79 ft) is the most commonly taken by tourists.  The view of the lake from the top of the rockpile is one of the most photographed locations in all of Canada. That view of the mountains behind the lake in Valley of the Ten Peaks is known as the Twenty Dollar View, as Moraine Lake was featured on the reverse side of the 1969 and 1979 issues of the Canadian Twenty dollar bill.

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