Canada Day at Moraine Lake (Tower of Babel)

5km, 4hrs, 400m elevation gain.

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday and what better way to spend another scorching hot day, then in Banff National Park. Say it fast: quintessential sesquicentennial!

The first celebration of the day started with scoring a parking spot at Moraine Lake (in the Lake Louise area). At 10am the place was already heaving with visitors and traffic control was in full force. Many visitors were in Canada 150 shirts, waving little flags, temporary maple leaf tattoos on the kids’ cheeks, snapping photos of the iconic glacial lake, and in general having a great time.

We expected far more people on Tower of Babel given its proximity to the parking lot, but we had the summit to ourselves for a glorious picnic until a couple came up and joined us. Another incredible day in our beautiful country.

Tower of Babel on the left, as seen from Moraine Lake Rockpile
Tower of Babel on the left, as seen from Moraine Lake Rockpile
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Reaching the saddle, the iconic Valley of Ten Peaks (the image on our old $20 bill) visible on the right.
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Panorama from the Tower. Consolation Lakes on the left, Moraine Lake on the right.
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Picnic time, Bert makes tea and Jocelyne supervises! We weren’t too worried about carrying extra weight on this trip…
Consolation Lakes
Consolation Lakes
Ascent/descent route through the gully. It becomes a fun scree run. More fun down than up!
Ascent/descent route through the gully. It becomes a fun scree run. More fun down than up!

 

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