A Wilderness Jewel: Lake Moraine

Recently another blogger, an American ex-pat living and teaching in Thailand, mentioned she saw someone selling canned Canadian air to mainland Chinese tourists. Not a surprising scam.

Whenever we’re hiking or snowshoeing in a Canadian national park,

At end of September. Lake Moraine, Banff National Park. Alberta 2018. Photo by J.Chong

I always marvel sucking in fresh mountain air,  gazing over clear turquoise gem lake waters, pristine expansive wilderness and soaring ragged mountain ranges.  It is Nature’s heaven not just to foreign tourists, but to many Canadians.

Summer. Lake Moraine, Banff National Park. Alberta 2019.

Admittedly it’s these jaw-dropping vistas makes me grateful, if not also proud to live in a country that values and preserves these corners of our vast country.

Roam transit bus between Banff and Lake Louise is luxury deal for 50 km. ride. Banff National Park, Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Chong

To reduce car emissions and reduce car traffic congestion, in the past 2 years, Parks Canada has expanded their low cost bus shuttle service from various points in Banff National Park to meet increased international tourism (and no doubt, local Albertan tourists looking for a cheap, awesome vacation close to home).

Easy hiking trail along shoreline. Lake Moraine, Banff National Park. Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Chong

In 2017, during Canada’s 175th birthday as a country, Parks Canada provided free park entrance and provided some low-cost travel packages to international visitors worldwide. This led in following years, to burgeoning glut of tourists scrambling to see Banff National Park.

Plump chipmunk on rock pile ledge, ready for winter. Lake Moraine, Banff National Park. Alberta 2018. Photo by J.Chong

We rattled off in a school bus from by Lake Louise along an ascending, winding mountain 15 km. road to Lake Moraine.  At Lake Moraine, it is the area of Ten Peaks.

Lake Moraine just before its first snowfall at end of September. Banff National Park, Alberta 2018. Photo by J.Becker

I wouldn’t be thrilled to climb the road on bike because of too many buses on a narrow road.  We saw a couple cyclists climbing or sweeping down the road.  This a short 25 min. bus ride after a ride from town of Banff to Lake Louise in the new semi-bi-level Roam with luxury seats for a 50 km. ride for only $10.00.

Lake Moraine. Banff National Park, Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Chong

There are several trails to explore at Lake Moraine. Due to lack of time because of the bus schedule, we just choose easy ones which believe me, you are treated to spectacular scenery changes every few metres on the trail.

Mountain face with evidence of a rock slide. Lake Moraine, Banff National Park 2019. Photo by J.Chong

To me, some haiku best captures hushed awe and incredulity.

Pure turquoise waters of Lake Moraine in summer. Banff National Park, Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Chong

Calm turquoise sheet
Lights rock bed so smooth, peaceful
To rock sleep canoe.

Canoeing in heaven. Moraine Lake, Banff National Park. Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Chong
Male harlequin duck with its female partner. Moraine Lake, Banff National Park. Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Chong
Glacial waterfall near snow-capped mountain peak. Lake Moraine, Banff National Park. Alberta 2019. Photo by J. Becker

Heart wings soar the skies
Touch-skip ragged mountain ridge
Slide down glacier.

Snow blowing around mountain glacier. Lake Moraine, Banff National Park. Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Becker. In winter, this is an avalanche area that limits skiers and backcountry hikers.

Breathless effort flies
Into the cool crystal air
Gratitude expands.

Early summer mountain snow melting river runs into Lake Moraine. Banff National Park, Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Chong
Chipmunk by shoreline. Lake Moraine, Banff National Park. Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Chong
Melting mountain glacier. Lake Moraine, Banff National Park, Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Chong
Tree silhouettes by Lake Moraine shoreline. Banff National Park, Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Chong

Misty dew hangs pure –
Necklace around dreamy peaks
Liquid jewels slide to and fro.

Lake Moraine brilliance. Banff National Park, Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Chong
Lingering by foot path bridge. Lake Moraine, Banff National Park. Alberta 2019. Photo by J.Chong
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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Pit says:

    What a gorgeous scenery! Thanks for “taking” me there.

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    1. Jean says:

      Thx for joining in the views to dream about.

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  2. Such lovely views—I’ll take the (cheap!) bus.

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    1. Jean says:

      From 2nd last weekend in May to Labour Day in Sept.there is a bus (ON-IT) that runs on weekends from downtown Calgary to Banff for $10.00 1 way. And $10.00 from Banff back to Calgary. The distance between 2 areas is approx. 120 kms. So a good deal. Then there are other buses that do run from the airport. If interested ever…send me a note or mention it here.

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  3. Marta says:

    Such a beautiful place!!

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    1. Jean says:

      Maybe one day your family will visit Canada…way off in the future. 🙂

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      1. Marta says:

        I hope so! *^_^*

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  4. Lani says:

    It’s not a scam! I looked it up! https://www.narcity.com/life/two-guys-from-canada-are-making-dollar230000-a-year-by-selling-cans-of-canadian-air

    Pretty remarkable, but reminds me of when bottled water was considered laughable. Clean air around the world is a rarity. Sad but true.

    Love your photos! Makes me miss the mountains of Colorado so much! I’m a misplaced mountain girl by the beach! Heh, heh, heh.

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    1. Jean says:

      Ah, one day you’ll visit.
      I know, much cleaner air in Canada.

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