Moraine Lake Travel Guide
In a nutshell
Not to be missed if you are already en route to Lake Louise.
Find out Why they Call it Moraine Lake
The most common hike for visitors would certainly be the “rock pile” which is simply a large pile of glacial moraine. The rocks were deposited their naturally by the Wenkchemna Glacier and it was this pile of rocks that dammed the streams flowing off the glaciers and created...
Check out the Glaciers
What would Moraine Lake be without the Glaciers? The lake itself was created by the presence of glaciers. Glacial Moraine deposited from the Wenkchemna Glacier blocked the outlet for the glacial runoff and created the lake. It is that runoff that also gives the lake its...
Look at the Ten Peaks Around the Lake
The ten peaks around the lake make the location of this lake very beautiful. In literally every direction you look there are more peaks. Wenkchemna peaks greet you on the side of the lake opposite the parking area they are closely spaced and resemble a saw blade as they rise...
Nice place for hiking!!We have two ours sitting and walk on the big stones..So a great vieuw!!Much people do it and wait for nice Photos..
Hiking! There are many excellent trails to hike to the Wenkchemna Peaks (Ten Peaks). I didn't do any the last time but I'm definitely going to do one on my next visit. Hopefully, real soon!
Turquoise, crystal blue, whatever... Love it!
The gorgeous MORAINE LAKE is about 15 km from Lake Louise. If you are in the vicinity, NEVER NEVER miss it!Walter Wilcox, 1st European visitor to this lake, named it on the assumption that its waters are dammed by a moraine deposited by the Wenkchemna Glacier. However,...
Excerpts from Alberta-travel.com website (http://www.alberta-travel.com/files/Hiking-Lake-Louise.html):MORAINE LAKE TRAILHEADIn front of the Moraine Lake Lodge. Larch Valley2.8 km one way, elevation gain 465 m, 1.5 hours one way A 2.4 km trail switchbacking steeply through...
Most beautiful lake in the world!
MORAINE LAKE is one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever set eyes on & you must, have to, visit this lake when you are at the Rockies. To not go there is like visiting Grand Canyon & not looking over the edge or fly over it. W O W !!!You almost need to touch this water to...
Moraine Lake Lodge: CPR Group of Hotels
Just within a few steps from Moraine Lake, it's one of the most expensive of the hotels in Canadian Rockies. Rates ranging from C$400 & above, depending on the season.
A Little History
A Yale college student named Walter Wilcox was hired by Tom Wilson to help map the Lake Louise area in August 1899 to find another route to the summit of Mount Temple. On his third day of traveling he found Moraine Lake and described it as "a narrow, secluded valley with a small lake enclosed by wild rugged precipices... one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen." He named the lake Moraine Lake after the rock pile that dams its bank.
The next year Tom Watson who funded the expedition, cut a trail from lake Louise to Moraine Lake. That trail was improved upon in 1902 by the Canadian Pacific Railway. By 1908 a teahouse and log cabin had been built for refreshments and a souvenir stand.
The lodge underwent many periods of renovations and ownership changes and in 1988 the Lodge was rebuilt with the design of world famous architect Arthur Erickson. The new lodge has a uniquely rustic feel and accommodates an average of 4,000 visitors per day.
Walter Wilcox was quoted later in his life to have said that the time he spent contemplating the view (of Lake Moraine) was the happiest half-hour of his life.
Written Nov 8, 2005
- Related to:
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Watch the Weather
In the Hour I spent at the lake it went from overcast to nearly sunny to lightening storms. In summation pack a variety of clothing. They will tell you at the visitors center that the weather changes quickly there, and they are not lying.
Written Jul 18, 2005
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- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip
- Adventure Travel