Canoe View - Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

The Valley of the Ten Peaks is one of those iconic scenes that keeps attracting me to visit Banff. This magical place is about 9 miles from nearby Lake Louise and is a far better location (in my humble opinion) than its nearby sister lake. The drive down Moraine Lake Road fuels the anticipation of the magic that lies ahead. As the road gets near the large parking lot, the surrounding peaks of the Canadian Rockies come into view and the crystal clear blue-green water of Moraine beckons you. I could spend a lot of time there just soaking in all that Mother Nature has to offer.

I have been here more than a few times and I have yet to get the perfect image that I know is there waiting for me. All I need is golden hour light, great clouds and a perfectly still lake that shows the ten peaks reflected on its surface. I have had two of the three conditions on almost every visit but am still looking for the trifecta. Perhaps next June, when I visit Banff again, I will hit the jackpot.