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Moraine Lake, Banff National Park of Canada, Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada CM11-01

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada CM11-01

Description : Moraine Lake: Valley of the Ten Peaks.

The sister lake to Lake Louise, in its setting encircled by mountains, is a scene familiar to many from the back of the Canadian $20 bill.
It is a luminescent turquoise gem nestled beneath a long row of crumbling summits that form the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
The Great Divide runs across the tops of the jagged peaks behind the lake. Stoney Indian names were originally given to the 10 peaks by 19th century mountaineers. You can get an excellent view of these peaks and the lake by hiking the Rockpile Trail to the top of the large jumble of rocks at the outlet of the lake. The huge mountain to the north with the glacier on its summit is Mount Temple, third highest mountain in the park.

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