Roberto jokes, “How do you get six dudes on a guys’ trip to wake up at 4 a.m. after passing out at 2 a.m.? Easy: sunrise at Moraine Lake, the jewel of the Canadian Rockies.”
Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park in Alberta. The famously azure lake gets its unique color from minerals contained in the melt-off of nearby Fay Glacier. Some refer to Moraine Lake as the “other lake” because of its proximity to the much more touristed Lake Louise. Locals joke that Moraine Lake is the “$20 view,” because Moraine has been featured twice on the back of the Canadian $20 bill.
This is not a lake for swimming. Rarely rising above 41 degrees Fahrenheit, the glacier-fed water is far too cold. Swimming and fishing is prohibited at Moraine Lake, and other than canoeing, no boating is allowed. Instead, most visitors enjoy the paths and trails around the lake. Paved and natural paths provide beautiful views of much of the lakeshore.
“Moraine is one of my favorite places in the world,” Robert says. “This is a famous location for good reason—it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet.”