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Moraine Lake

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423 Reviews
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

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Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
star-4.5
$80.46 per adult
Great Family Tour
Our tour guide Rose was extraordinary. Her knowledge of the area, and her ability to educate and entertain us with stories was priceless. Our stops at Castle Mountain, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake were incredible. A highly recommended tour!
Peter_H, Jul 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Lake Louise & Moraine Lake
Michele_L, Sep 2020
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
Well worth the money. Guide very knowledgeable and helpful. Also visited Emerald Lake and had time to hike part way around. Moraine Lake was the best, bit if an arduous climb to reach the top but the view surpassed all expectations.
star-5
Great Family Tour
Peter_H, Jul 2020
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Our tour guide Rose was extraordinary. Her knowledge of the area, and her ability to educate and entertain us with stories was priceless. Our stops at Castle Mountain, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake were incredible. A highly recommended tour!
star-5
Beautiful!
Giuliana, Oct 2020
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
The tour was awesome. The guide, Allan, did an exceptional job! It was a small group, and all safety measures were taken regarding the covid situation. Experience was above expected.
star-5
Our guide was THE BEST
67JenniferH67, Oct 2019
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Really enjoyed the guide’s commentary and info. He was a retired geologist and knew the area well. Bus was clean and efficient.
star-5
Wide Variety of Hidden Sites Seen!
Daniel_H, Jul 2020
Lake Louise and Banff Day Trip
Utterly Fantastic! WOW - Is An Understatement! The tour was so amazing. From a great and new vehicles and very comfortable! To the very knowledgeable tour guide. To the wide variety of hidden places to see. Never mind, the prime points! We had a great day....in all aspects! This tour is a must! No One Will Be Disappointed!
star-5
Great Tour!
David_I, Mar 2020
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
The tour was wonderful...withe best parts being able to walk on a frozen Lake Louise and an icefield. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.
star-5
Goes an extra mile for customers
Nimish_M, Mar 2020
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Excellent service by Robbie. On time and good information all along the way a d very friendly. Goes an extra mile to make you feel comfortable.
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Great tour guide
carojs, Oct 2019
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Ronnie made the tour. She was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour! We managed to get to Moraine Lake even though this was supposed to be impossible in October. Gave us lovely maple syrup biscuits.
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Perfection
Jbirdoncaneyfork, Aug 2019
Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 13 guests
Rob helped plan my daughters surprise engagement. He took us to the most magical place and took so many good pictures for us. The day could not have been any better.
star-5
Great trip
danielle_h, Jul 2020
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
We had a tour with Rose! She was awesome! I highly recommend this tour to anyone! She really knew her stuff and it made the trip Fun, informative as well as beautiful
star-5
Great Experience!
Russ S, Jul 2019
Private Tour for 1 to 10 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway
Rob was a great guide. Courteous and kind. Extremely knowledgeable of the area. We spent a full day together and he did not disappoint. Great value for all we saw!
star-5
Worth your while!
Traveler02652282596, Sep 2019
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Great tour! Two beautiful lakes are so worth seeing. Moraine Lake was especially beautiful and climbing the rock pile was well worth the effort. Kyle was a great driver and guide as he shared lots of stories about Alberta and the freeway between Banff and the lakes.

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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