If I had to guess at what heaven on earth might look like, I'd have to answer with the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park. Watching the sunlight stream in through the gaps between mountains, glimmering on the breathtaking blue waters of Moraine Lake is pure poetry. Plus, you can practically drive right up to the lake, no fitness or cardio required.

You can easily reach the valley through Moraine Lake Road inside Banff National Park — the winding access road runs for 11 kilometres straight to a parking lot at the lake. According to Banff and Lake Louise, the road and parking lot can be pretty crowded in summer, so be warned.

Once you arrive, you're greeted by wildflower fields in the summer surrounding a shimmering, almost unnaturally blue lake. This valley is one of the most breathtaking areas in the park — and that's saying something.

As its name implies, the valley is crowned on all sides by famous mountains including Mount Fay, Mount Perren, Mount Little, and more.

The crowning jewel of the valley has to be Lake Moraine, the vibrant body of water in its centre. It's glacier-fed, which resulted in the vibrant blue-green colours of the water.

The colour of the water changes with the seasons. With the continual melting of glaciers, the water deepens in colour, reaching peak vibrancy around late June.

There are plenty of hikes to explore around the area and there are options for all experience levels.

Take a climb up into the mountains and surrounding lands to better check out your surroundings. You'll discover new angles to better appreciate this mindblowing destination.

The summer is probably the very best time to visit this area, as the waters are the deepest blue and the air is crisp and beautiful.

Take advantage of the heat while it's still around and see this valley for yourself — you won't be disappointed.

The Valley Of Ten Peaks

Address: Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: Explore this glorious valley that looks like it's straight out of a movie.



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