Located within Banff National Park, close to the popular resort towns of Lake Louise and Banff, Moraine is an utterly spectacular glacially-fed lake. Due to 'rock flour' - tiny particles of suspended sediment - the lake is a vivid turquoise colour, and on a clear day, reflects the surrounding mountains in its mirror-smooth surface. There is plenty to see and do in the snow-capped, pine-strewn 'Valley of the Ten Peaks' - including an assortment of scenic hiking trails, and kayaks can be rented from The Lodge, an on-site cafe that also serves wonderful food and refreshments. If you are without a car, getting to Moraine can be difficult, though not impossible: take a Greyhound bus to Banff station, and from there, you can either walk the nine miles (about 14km) to the Lake; rent a bicycle from Wilson's Bikes (C$40 for the day); take a taxi (about C$35); or, make use of the new Park-run Vista shuttle service, which departs every 30 minutes from the Lake Louise camp site.
Address: 9 miles (about 14km) from Lake Louise, located within Banff National Park
Telephone: 403 762 8421 (Lake Louise Tourism)
Opening times: Open daily, though the access road is closed between October and May
Admission: A park pass (C$9.80) may be required to visit Moraine Lake