Although less than half the size of Lake Louise , Moraine Lake is just as spectacular and worthy of just as much film. It is located up a winding road 13 kilometers (eight miles) off Lake Louise Drive. Its rugged setting, nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks among the towering mountains of the main ranges, has provided inspiration for millions of people from around the world since Walter Wilcox became the first white man to reach its shore in 1899.
Wilcox’s subsequent writings—such as “no scene has given me an equal impression of inspiring solitude and rugged grandeur”—guaranteed the lake’s future popularity. The lake often remains frozen until June, and the access road is closed all winter.
A trail leads along the lake’s northern shore, and canoes can be rented for $30 per half hour from the lakeside concession.