|Upon departing Lake Louise, we decided to go ahead and see Moraine Lake just a few miles down the road. A glacially-fed lake, it is also located in Banff National Park. Situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine sits at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet. The lake has a surface area of 0.19 sq MI. Not nearly as large as Louise, but equally as beautiful!
The lake, being glacially fed, does not reach its crest until mid to late June. When it is full, (today) it reflects a distinct shade of an amazing turquoise blue. The color is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis.
After checking things out a bit, I decided to take the easiest of the hiking trails, the one most commonly taken by tourists. The Rockpile Trail along the actual moraine is approximately 300 metres long, with an elevation change of 79 ft. My honey decided to sit this one out and found himself a cool, shady spot along the shore. I wanted to hike to the far end of the lake, and I did! The view of the lake was ever changing as I made my way along the path but always beautiful to be sure!
I did sort of sing aloud as I strolled along as I had read that the Moraine Lake area has been home over the last couple of years to a young, male grizzly bear. However, it also stated that at the lake shore my chances of seeing this bear were quite small. It sure is an awe-inspiring (and humbling) experience to know that the park is still home to this powerful creature.
Unlike Louise, there were a number of canoes on the water here. A rental fee of $40 for one hour seemed a bit steep to us, but probably because we have the ability to use our Sea Eagle for no charge! Anyway, a number of folks were taking advantage of the smooth waters and lovely temperature. A beautiful place to be sure!