Valley of the Ten Peaks , Moraine Lake - Banff National Park
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 51° 19.632 W 116° 10.767
11U E 557171 N 5686531
Quick Description: The back of Canadian $20 bills from 1969 and 1979 featured a view of the Valley of Ten Peaks with Moraine Lake in the foreground. The view of the lake is one of the most photographed locations in all of Canada.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 11/25/2011 8:23:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMD6AV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 48

Long Description:
To get to the Twenty Dollar View is a 15-20 minute walk one-way, with a small elevation gain. The trailhead begins at the southeast corner of Moraine Lake parking lot.

From the Twenty Dollar View:

Moraine Lake is a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet (1,885 m). The lake has a surface area of .5 square kilometres (0.19 sq mi). The lake, being glacially fed, does not reach its crest until mid to late June. When it is full, it reflects a distinct shade of blue. The color is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis.

The easiest of the hiking trails is the one most commonly taken by tourists. The Rockpile Trail along the actual moraine is approximately 300 metres long, with an elevation change of 24 metres (79 ft). The view of the lake from the top of the rockpile is one of the most photographed locations in all of Canada. That view of the mountains behind the lake in Valley of the Ten Peaks is known as the Twenty Dollar View, as Moraine Lake was featured on the reverse side of the 1969 and 1979 issues of the Canadian twenty dollar bill.

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Valley of Ten Peaks behind Moraine Lake View on 1969 Twenty Dollar Bill

Money Issuing Country: Canada

Currency: Twenty Dollar Bill

Denomination: $20 Canadian

Date of Issue: 1/1/1969

Type of Money: Bank note

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