Moraine Lake – Is This the World’s Most Beautiful Lake?

Moraine Lake gives you the goosebumps you’ve never expected to feel. That’s what I felt right in front of the massive mountain peaks, and I think I had goosebumps the whole time I was there. This is one natural attraction that makes you feel so tiny against the awe-inspiring beauty of the Canadian Rockies. My gawd, the experience of seeing this marvel still lingers in my mind – even three years later.

The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada
The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada

The World’s Most Beautiful Parking Lot

Before I show you everything, let me show you where we parked. Please tell me if you agree that this is the world’s most beautiful parking lot! Have you ever seen a parking space more beautiful than this?

Most beautiful parking Lot
This is definitely the most beautiful parking lot in the world!

I’ve been to the Grand Canyon and Sedona – yes, they’re stunning – but this one is the most spectacular you’ll ever see. So, I challenge you to take in the beauty from your parking lot first before you walk to Moraine Lake. Don’t get too excited. Take your time, and drink in the views around you before meeting the Ten Peaks.

The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada
Ancient seas once covered these rocks.

The Ten Peaks

How many peaks can you count? Count again because I only counted eight at first! Focus, and you’ll find the missing two! We arrived here mid-afternoon, and it was a bit cloudy. We waited until the clouds disappeared, and the peaks showed up in all their wondrous glory! And then, I had to retake all my photos. 😂

The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada
The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada

The water from Moraine Lake is from the glaciers surrounding it – that’s where it gets its turquoise color. But do you know that its color changes depending on the time of the day, weather, and season? There’s cobalt blue, melting grey, and chrome green.

You can find the Ten Peaks at the back of a 20-Canadian dollar bill. See and compare it!

The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada
The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada

On the other hand, if you want to get the BEST postcard-perfect scene of the lake, you’ve got to get up early and be here when the sun rises. The Peaks turn gold in contrast with its shadows and turquoise water. Can you imagine how glorious that would be?

Lac Moraine in Alberta, Canada
Lac Moraine in Alberta, Canada

Ancient Seas Once Covered This Place

Believe it or not, it’s true! With ginormous rock formations around you, you will find it difficult to believe this place was once a sea. And there was once a beach, too! Read the descriptions below.

Ancient Covered Lac Moraine
Lac Moraine in Alberta, Canada

It has been said that early artists who documented this place in their paintings were enthralled that they decided to stay.

Glaciers in Alberta Canada
The Ten Peaks at the CANADIAN ROCKIES

That’s what I felt, and I wanted to stay a bit longer, if not forever.

The Ten Peaks at the CANADIAN ROCKIES
You will never forget the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies.

But then, you know, you’re in the Canadian Rockies, and there are just too many places beckoning for you to visit. Too many places to see but too little time to spare.

Where to Stay near Moraine Lake

If you have the money to splurge, you must stay at a 4-star resort Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. It’s just 14 kilometers from here, so if you want to see the sunrise, this is the best place to stay. There are also hotels and AirBnB in the nearby town called Banff. You can book accommodations from Expedia or Booking.com. If you don’t drive, you can book your one-day tour here.

Canadian Rockies Tours

You can always go on a tour for those who don’t drive, solo travelers, and those who don’t want to drive (because of gas prices). Here are some tours you can while you are in the Canadian Rockies:

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A wanderer. A frustrated photographer. Hiker. Lover. Half extrovert, half introvert. Solo traveler.

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