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Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake, Banff, Banff

The Basics

Moraine Lake, one of the most photographed spots in the Canadian Rockies, is a common fixture on sightseeing tours of Banff National Park, Lake Louise, and Yoho National Park. Moraine Lake tours depart from Banff and Calgary, and typically include sightseeing stops at other Alberta beauty spots such as Victoria Glacier, Takakkaw Falls, Lake Louise, and Bow, Emerald, and Peyto lakes. Moraine Lake is also a stop on the hop-on, hop-off Banff bus, which runs between Banff and Lake Louise. Active travelers can opt for a 5.6-mile (9-kilometer) guided hike through Larch Valley, or, in summer, rent a canoe from the Moraine Lake Boathouse and paddle out onto the water.

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Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
star-4.5
$76.90 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Beautiful and entertaining
Tyler was a good driver and kept us entertained. His knowledge of the park and its bear policies was very interesting.
Renee_H, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

star-5
Awesome
ArleneT_W, Aug 2022
Banff, Lake Louise & Moraine Lake | Small Group Active Full Day Adventure Tour
Driver very informative, Banff lake Louis and Lake Miriam are unbelievable!. Dale out did himself very friendly, bus was clean and comfortable.
star-4
Great day trip
Susan_G, Jul 2022
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
Moraine Lake and Nature's Bridge. We were lucky too with the weather. Would have liked pick up at our hotel in Banff (Rimrock).
star-5
Lisa, our tour guide was...
Phiona_N, Aug 2022
Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Emerald Lake Yoho Day Tour
Lisa, our tour guide was amazing, the driver too was very professional! The bus was super clean. All stops had amazing views. Overall, great great experience!
star-5
Great trip to Louise and back!
Depenbusch_D, Jun 2022
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Jeff was awesome. Great stories and always concerned for comfort and safety. His stories and knowledge of the area was great!
star-5
Beautiful and entertaining
Renee_H, Aug 2022
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Tyler was a good driver and kept us entertained. His knowledge of the park and its bear policies was very interesting.
star-5
Dale did a great job describing the sights
neil_p, Aug 2022
Banff, Lake Louise & Moraine Lake | Small Group Active Full Day Adventure Tour
The lakes and then seeing the wildlife on the Bow River Parkway especially the Big Horn Sheep. Finally Dale had a thorough knowledge of the area.
star-5
Unbelievable natural beauty that must be experienced!
Marcia_B, Aug 2022
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
We met in front of a local hotel (near public transport) in downtown Calgary. Our guide checked us in and we boarded a lovely A/C coach and took our seats. Seats at the front were reserved for Banff pickup passengers. Guide was the right combination of informative and interesting. Info was presented in both English and Chinese. I felt we had adequate time to visit all the sites and the bus dropped us off virtually at the best places in every single location.
star-5
Highly recommend the Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway trip!
Chantal_S, Aug 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
The scenery is spectacular! A wonderful and stunning trip! Our driver was great and very accommodating!
star-5
Emerald Sparkled
Gary_E, Jun 2022
Banff & Yoho Parks | Lake Louise | Moraine Lake | Emerald Lake - PRIVATE TOUR
Emerald Lake was highlight unfortunately Moraine Lake still not accessible. Lake Louise stunning location but crowded somewhat. Rockies driving beautiful. Guide was excellent pleasant and very helpful throughout day.
star-5
We had a very good driver...
Romaine_W, Aug 2022
Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Emerald Lake Yoho Day Tour
We had a very good driver and an excellent tour guide, the places we visited on tour was absolutely awesome. The sceneries were breathtaking! Thank you so much to Lisa and Trevor for doing such a great job. Romaine and family
star-5
Great Tour with Amazing Views!
JOHN_W, Aug 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
We completely enjoyed our tour with Robbie! He is very knowledgeable and we felt safe as he expertly maneuvered our bus through mountain roads and tight parking lots. Robbie took us to several places with amazing views! Great way to spend a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains!
star-5
Remarkable experience
Karine_B, Jul 2022
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
We had a wonderful time in family (6 people) going on this trip. The bus was small but very comfortable. The time scheduled for each activity was right and the overall experience was very good. We had so much fun with our guide Sammy, as well as interesting information about the locations we visited. I'd recommend this trip to whomever does not want to worry about driving, parking and worrying.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Moraine Lake is a must-see for photographers and appreciators of natural beauty.

  • Wear sturdy shoes, as the lakeside trail can be uneven.

  • Bring warm clothes. Even on pleasant summer days, weather patterns here are unpredictable and can change rapidly.

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How to Get There

Moraine Lake is about nine miles (14 kilometers) from Lake Louise. Follow Moraine Lake Road, which branches off from Lake Louise Drive. Parking is limited at the site, and finding a spot can take some time. Private shuttles also depart from Lake Louise, while Parks Canada shuttles run from the Lake Louise overflow parking lot from mid-September to mid-October.

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When to Get There

Access to Moraine Lake is available from mid-May through mid-October. The lake is fed by glacier melt, and water levels often remain low until late June. Larch tree viewing season, between mid-September and mid-October, is the busiest period. Sunrise is one of the best times for photographs, when the soft, low-angle light shines on the peaks and sightseers are few and far between.

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Where to Find the Best Views of Moraine Lake

For views of Lake Moraine that will have you reaching for your camera, follow the 1,150-foot (350-meter) Rockpile Trail. The trail begins at the parking lot, crosses over a bridge, and connects to a series of stone steps. The steps lead up to the top of some glacial rock, from which elevated viewpoints offer sublime lake vistas. Other trails in the vicinity include the 2-mile (3-kilometer) Lakeshore Trail, a relatively easy lakeside route.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Moraine Lake?
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