The AbsoluteVisit Blog

The Top 100 Places in the World...And So Much More

Blogs from: Banff National Park

Mythical Morning on Lake Moraine – Banff National Park, Canada

 

Photo of the Day – Mythical Morning on Lake Moraine – Banff National Park, Canada

Lake Moraine is my favorite lake in the world. It is a crystallized teal blue color, has the backdrop of the incredible Canadian Rockies, and has classic natural beauty of evergreen trees, rocks, snow and rocks.

I have only been to Lake Moraine once on a very early and chilly Summer morning in July this year and it is a place that I can’t wait to return to. I found true peace here as the natural beauty seems to take any negative thoughts or pain away. I really want to spend some time there and truly soak it all in.

Where is your peace place?

Mythical Morning on Lake Moraine - Banff National Park, Canada
 

A Turquoise Sunrise at Lake Louise – Banff National Park, Canada

 

Photo of the Day – A Turquoise Sunrise at Lake Louise – Banff National Park, Canada

Lake Louise is probably the most famous lake in Banff and perhaps rightfully so. The area is littered with blueish green colored lakes and although my favorite was Lake Moraine, I can see why many call this their fave of the bunch.

It was a very long and early morning when Anne and I had already ventured up to Lake Moraine, but we had to give Lake Louise her own chance as well. And as expected, the turquoise of the lake crushed anything the sun was trying to do on this sunrise.

We unfortunately did not get a chance to canoe on the lake, but I plan on doing it next time!

A Turquoise Sunrise at Lake Louise - Banff National Park, Canada
 

Banff from Above – Banff National Park, Canada

 

Photo of the Day – Banff from Above – Banff National Park, Canada

On our last day in Banff, Anne and I finally got a decently clear day to take the gondola up to the top of Sulphur Mountain (2,281m or 7,486ft) for this spectacular birds-eye view of Banff Town. We were lucky as a storm actually rolled in right after I took this photo and completely ruined the view.

From atop Sulphur Mountain, I really got the feel of just how big Banff National Park (AbsoluteVisit #66!) is and just how much I missed of it :( But, thats OK – it makes for an easy excuse to return!

Banff from Above - Banff National Park, Canada
 

Storms a Brewing at Peyto Lake – Banff National Park, Canada

 

Photo of the Day – Storms a Brewing at Peyto Lake – Banff National Park, Canada

While visiting Banff National Park, one of the absolute must see Lakes is Peyto Lake. Although this lake is a couple hours north of Banff itself I promise you that the 10 minute hike to the lookout over Peyto Lake will not disappoint you. In fact, this lake truly rivals Lake Moraine in my mind as the most beautiful lake in Banff. Peyto’s expansive size, turquoise color and perfectly tree-lined coast make it one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. Oh yea, there are some pretty epic snow capped mountains around as well :)

Storms a Brewing at Peyto Lake - Banff National Park, Canada
 

Sunrise Canoes at Lake Moraine – Banff National Park, Canada

 

Photo of the Day – Sunrise Canoes at Lake Moraine – Banff National Park, Canada

If you couldn’t tell by my previous post regarding my trip to Banff, I was blown away. I think this picture does another great job of speaking a thousand words about why Banff is simply awesome without me preaching on and on.

The canoes, the incredible water color, the simplicity of the nature surrounding the lake and of course, the sunrise all add up to not only make a fantastic photo, but to also show what makes Banff so special.

Sunrise Canoes at Lake Moraine - Banff National Park, Canada
 

Unbelievable Blue at Lake Moraine – Banff National Park, Canada

 

Photo of the Day – Unbelievable Blue at Lake Moraine – Banff National Park, Canada

I am back from Banff, but certainly wishing I wasn’t. Before I went to Banff this past weekend, I of course did my homework and knew for certain that I would be checking out the lake you see in today’s photo, Lake Moraine. In many other photos and stories I saw this incredible blue lake and couldn’t believe it to the point that I had to see it with my own two eyes.

On an incredibly early Sunday morning, Anne (my girlfriend) and I experienced a wonderful sunrise over Lake Moraine. Truth be told, the sunrise itself was nothing particularly special, but the lake made up for that … easily. The lake is not only special because of its unbelievable color (due to Rock Flour), but also due to the epic snow capped mountains and perfectly placed brilliantly green forests surrounding it. Also adding to the effect on this particular morning was that Anne and I were 2 of 6 people “surrounding” the lake. The early bird gets the worm and waking up at 4AM as I mentioned a few days ago always seems to pay off!

Lake Moraine is an absolute must do during your trip to Banff National Park and with my visit this past weekend, I have no doubt the Banff is worthy of its #66 position on the AbsoluteVisit list. In fact, maybe it should go higher?

Unbelievable Blue at Lake Moraine - Banff National Park, Canada
 
AbsoluteVisit Preview - The Banaue Rice Terraces #33 Read More
The Banaue Rice Terraces - AbsoluteVisit #33 Read More
How We Made Our Top 100 Two-Year Itinerary Read More
 
Connect with AV
 
 
 
 
 
The Top 100 Places in the World
1 Great Wall of China
2 Pyramids of Egypt
3 Machu Picchu
4 Serengeti Migration
5 Galapagos Islands
6 Grand Canyon
7 Angkor Temples
8 Antarctica Cruise
9 Taj Mahal
10 Iguazu Falls
11 Amazon Rain Forest
12 Great Barrier Reef
13 Bora Bora
14 Victoria Falls
15 Bagan
16 Petra
17 Potala Palace
18 Karnak
19 Mt Everest
20 Cappadocia
21 St Peters Basilica
22 Fjords of Norway
23 Jerusalem Old City
24 Burj Khalifa
25 Borobudur
26 Forbidden City
27 Kashmir Valley
28 Li River Cruise
29 Ladakh
30 Alhambra
31 Louvre Museum
32 Perito Moreno Glac.
33 Banaue Terraces
34 Colosseum of Rome
35 Easter Island
36 Venice Canals/Alleys
37 Kathmandu Valley
38 Wat Phra Kaew
39 Yellowstone NP
40 Pompeii
41 Rio Panoramic View
42 Palace of Versailles
43 Dubrovnik
44 Golden Temple
45 St. Basils Cathedral
46 Vatican Museum
47 Florence Cityscape
48 Acropolis
49 Amalfi Coast Drive
50 Kremlin
51 Hong Kong View
52 TerraCotta Warriors
53 Mezquita Cordoba
54 Chichen Itza
55 Damascus Old City
56 Shwedagon Stupa
57 Sahara Desert
58 Mont St Michel
59 St. Marks Square
60 Egyptian Museum
61 Hagia Sophia
62 Angel Falls
63 Delphi
64 Teotihuacan
65 Baalbek
66 Banff NP
67 Santorini
68 Matterhorn
69 New York Skyline
70 Neuschwanstein
71 Chartres Cathedral
72 British Museum
73 Prague Old Town
74 Burj al Arab
75 Yangtze River Cruise
76 Yosemite NP
77 Hermitage Museum
78 Torres del Paine
79 Chambord Chateau
80 Lijiang
81 Portofino
82 Great Ocean Road
83 Tongariro Alpine
84 Las Vegas Strip
85 Tikal
86 Topkapi Palace
87 Sydney Opera House
88 Eiffel Tower
89 Luxor Temple
90 Kerala Backwaters
91 Golden Gate Bridge
92 Cinque Terre
93 Metropolitan Mus
94 Uffizi Gallery
95 Ayers Rock
96 Cliffs of Moher
97 Pacific Coast Hwy
98 Shanghai Skyline
99 Glacier Bay NP
100 Wulingyuan
Cappadocia  Cappadocia, Turkey
 
Top 100 by Name Top 100 on a Map
Top 100 by Country Top 100 by Continent