If one picture could illustrate the natural beauty of Canada, it would be Moraine Lake. It reflects a distinctive shade of crystal blue, created by the refraction of light off glacial rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis from the backdrop of mountains, collectively known as the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
Situated at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet (1,885 meters), the lake has a surface area of 0.5 square kilometres (0.19 square miles). The view of the mountains behind the lake in Valley of the Ten Peaks is known as the Twenty Dollar View, as Moraine Lake was featured on the reverse side of the 1969 and 1979 issues of the Canadian twenty dollar bill.
In addition to the Canadian twenty dollar bill, the picturesque location of Moraine Lake has appeared in many other forms, including: Photo of the Day for October 8, 2013 in the National Geographic Travel 365; background wallpaper for Microsoft Windows 7 and Google’s Android mobile operating system; phone wallpapers for BlackBerry Pearl and Palm Pre; homepage image for Bing search engine three times in 2009, 2013, and 2014.
If you are traveling to the Rocky Mountains, then Moraine Lake is a gem that you should include on your list of places to visit. The water is cool and the air is crisp, but the panoramic vista views will warm your heart with an unforgettable moment in time.