5 Picturesque Canadian Lakes Not Named "Moraine"

Canada has lakes for days.

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It seems like Moraine Lake gets all the attention, so we did some research, and it turns out there are actually hundreds (thousands, really) of equally spectacular lakes all across Canada. Who knew? Here are a few of our favorites.

1. Lake Berg | Mount Robson Provincial Park | British Columbia

Photo: Morgan Lee Alain

From the parking lot to Berg Lake it's 21 km, with 790m of elevation gain. You’ll pass through old growth forests, rivers, waterfalls, and a glacier on your way to this spectacular lake at the base of Mt. Robson. Learn more.

2. Pyramid Lake | Jasper National Park | Alberta

Photo: Jonathan Sinclair

From the Town of Jasper, take the Pyramid Lake Road all the way until you reach the end of the road, where you’ll find the parking lot and the trailhead. The gravel trail is 1.2 kilometers to the Pyramid Lake outlet, where you will reach a small bridge. From here, head down toward the lake, set up your shot, and wait for the sunrise to leave you speechless! Learn more.

3. Garibaldi Lake | Garibaldi Provincial Park | British Columbia

Photo: Emily Haggar

Garibaldi Lake is a huge basin of beautiful turquoise water measuring almost 10 square kilometers (2460 acres), and located at nearly 5000ft above sea level. The lake is over 800 feet deep, filled with pristine glacial water. You’ll be surrounded by big snowy mountains, which remain bright white all summer long, including some of the west coast’s most memorable landmarks. Learn more.

4. Lake O’Hara | Yoho National Park | British Columbia

Photo: Callum Snape

Hidden deep in the Canadian Rockies is Lake O’Hara, a diamond among the rough peaks. Ten minutes drive east of a small town called Field in British Columbia, or sixty minutes west of Banff, Alberta; is a small parking lot where the adventure begins. A $25 return, 30 minute bus ride from there takes you to Lake O’Hara itself, you can opt to hike the unadventurous 11km trail. The real adventure starts at the lake with numerous day hikes. Learn more.

5. Boom Lake | Banff National Park | Alberta

Photo: Michael Johnston

Boom Lake offers amazing views of Boom Mountain and the ridge separating Alberta and British Columbia. It is not as popular as many other hikes in the area, which means exclusion for anyone willing to explore the lake. The abundant wildlife in the area includes wolves, bears, mountain goats, deer, and moose. The view at the lake is absolutely astonishing. Learn more.

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