Just take one glance at Moraine Lake and it will steal your heart away. It’s easily one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. I could (and did!) gaze out at those crystal-clear, turquoise waters for hours. As the sunlight reflects off of Moraine Lake, it seems to smile back at you. What makes the experience even more mesmerizing is the rugged beauty of the dramatic ice-capped glacier peaks that surrounds the lake.
I could not get enough of Moraine Lake, and actually went twice. The first time I was hoping to watch a colorful sunset against the lake. However to my luck, it was storming and raining that evening. But just when you think the weather is against you, I went out anyways to find a completely magical experience. Due to the weather, I had the entire lake almost entirely to myself, and managed to capture the most amazing foggy and moody photos that’s only possible during a storm.
The next day (and my last in Banff National Park) I returned to Moraine Lake to find clear skies and nearly perfect weather. I spent hours here and did not want to leave. I climbed my way up the Tower of Babel (a short hike to a lookout over Moraine Lake) and relaxed in the sunshine with a warm cup of coffee. Ah, this is life.
Then I walked the rim of the lake where there’s a nicely paved pathway. The views along the lake are beautiful and it made for a nice and relaxing stroll. Canoeing is also available when the ice thaws, but it didn’t seem to be open during my visit.
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Now that you’re inspired to visit Moraine Lake, what are you going to do first?