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Moraine Lake & Valley of the Ten Peaks

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For an inspirational vista that will cleanse the soul it would be hard to beat Moraine Lake. It is known as one of the purest and most beautiful lakes in the world.  Located in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, the lake features turquoise waters and the stunning mountainous surrounding of the Valley of the Ten Peaks.

The image of the lake has been immortalized via the many postcards of yore, and more memorably the back of Canadian 20-dollar bills. Because of the lake’s appearance on the dollar bills, the view one is treated to when visiting the site is affectionally named the “Twenty Dollar View”.


An extremely popular tourist destination, Moraine Lake is one of the most photographed scenes in Canada. However, despite the many visitors it is still possible to enjoy the encounter with nature as the area is so vast, peace and tranquility prevail.

The lake is of glacial origins, and the startling blue color of the water comes from the minerals that seep down from the surrounding mountains.

The Valley of Ten Peaks has the third-highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, and is popular with hikers, artists and amateur photographers from all over the world.

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A beautiful painting of the Lake by artist Ron Parker

Spring thaw on Moraine Lake. Banff National Park, Alberta

To find out more about tours or holidays in the Canadian Rockies, head here.

[Image Credits: A boy who travels, Jan Beckerman, Ron Parker Art, Branimir Photo]

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