Not to be missed if you are already en route to Lake Louise.
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 the lake. From the top of the rock pile you will be rewarded with one of...more
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 beautiful turquoise color.Like many other glacially fed lakes--like Lake Louise...more
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 to very sharp points and are fairly close in height. The many Wenthemna...more
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, experts now believe Moraine Lake rockpile was actually deposited by a rockslide...more
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.
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.