Moraine Lake
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Known for its views of the Ten Peaks, this glacial lake is a stunning sight within Banff National Park. The hiking trails around the lake offer varying levels of difficulty, but the Rockpile Trail offers some of the best views. If you want to fully immerse yourself in the area, stay at the lakeside hotel and take an early morning canoe ride. The infrastructure here is basic, but that only adds to the natural beauty. Plan your visit from mid to late June to catch the incredible reflection of the mountains in the lake. – Tripadvisor
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  • Trip P
    Kamloops, Canada18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jaw Dropping!
    Jaw dropping scenery! You will be in awe no matter which direction you turn your eyes! Incredible! We wanted to rent a canoe but at $140/hour it was too steep. It seems like our National Park’s sales team does not want it accessible to all. But that’s the ONLY negative. Easily 5 stars! One of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen! Must go. Must do. Must see!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 July 2023
  • brad
    Hamilton, Canada27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    This was probably my personal favourite of all of the things we saw or did around Banff. The crowds are not as large as Lake Louise but the view is even better. You have to arrange for a shuttle in or be prepared to hike for the better part of your day. There is no public parking. We found a shuttle a bit late and likely overpaid but it was worth it. There was basically no wait for a canoe rental, unlike the huge line at Lake Louise. We rowed out to the middle and relaxed for a while while eating lunch in the canoe. The was one of my personal bucket list items
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • JohnOmaha_Nebraska
    Omaha, Nebraska133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Emerald Glacial Lake
    I will forever envision this experience in my "bucket-list" file. Get a shuttle early, as parking is very limited, both here and Lake Louise. Be sure to hike up the "rock-pile" (Moraine) Good idea to have some rail gear too.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • deebk
    Kent, Washington691 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this
    Don’t miss this!!! I know the shuttle service is new but I think it is a good idea and am glad Canada Parks is making the effort - I actually wish they would let less organized tours and increase capacity on the shuttle Anyway - don’t miss this spot!! And it sounded off when people told us this - don’t miss the gift shop Some cool things only available there
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Ldyanghara
    Trabuco Canyon, California11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best lake in the Canadian Rockies!! The most amazing blue color you will ever see!
    Out of all the lakes I saw in the Canadian Rockies on my tour this was my favorite lake by far! Lake Louise was second, for me. The blue color of this lake is phenomenal!! You MUST take the trail up to the third viewpoint, just seeing the lake from ground level doesn’t do it justice. Even the first and second viewpoint are to die for! You walk up a lot of steps carved out of the rock, the views are amazing. I have multiple health issues and I was able to do it, it’s not far, just fairly steep but with very good stairs. I can’t recommend it enough!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • CharlieW
    Dieppe, Canada428 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views!
    We took the Parks Canada shuttle to get to Moraine Lake and we’re not disappointed. The lake is beautiful and the main walking trail was a relatively easy out and back hike from the parking lot. If you’re able, take the time to walk in a little further where there are less people and it’s quieter. The Parks Canada shuttle can be booked online (free for anyone 17 and under), which cost us $19 for 2 adults and 1 teen. It leaves from the parking lot at the Lake Louise ski hill. The shuttle offers you a drive to Moraine Lake, connecting to Lake Louise and then back to the start where you’ve parked your vehicle. You must have a Parks Canada discovery pass or pay the daily entry fee for the park. It will be busy, parking is extremely limited at the lake itself as there are restrictions in place and your best bet is to book a shuttle bus. Plan to spend at least an hour here to truly enjoy it. There are canoes available for rental on site for $140/hour if that’s something you’d like to do too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Jeanie E
    Mnemba, Tanzania353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    picturesque is just the beginning
    This place is as incredible as you might imagine. We enjoyed it - even though we did not get to it until 3:30pm. Just walking near the lake and to the opposite end is gorgeous. at the end of the trail along the lake there is a large tributary - - bring a book and read a while! Experience the setting in all its fullness.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • David K
    Saratoga Springs, New York75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular sunrise!
    One of the most picturesque lakes in the world. Parks Canada has limited the parking and so you have to take a tour bus or the hotel lake Louise shuttle ( if staying at the Hotel) early in the morning because sunrise is the most spectacular time. It’s well worth getting up early to view the lake reflections To be noted the spectacular pics are of the lake NOT of the sunrise which is behind you.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Lynn B
    Windsor, Canada3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome scenery. Loved the glaciers and also the blue green water of the lakes and rivers and of course the Rockies...
    Tenting at Banff Natl park and visiting Lake Louise was a great part of my 5 wk. vehicle trip across Western Cda. 🇨🇦 Driving thru the Rockies was an awesome experience. Lots of twisty roads and steep hills was part of the trip and also seeing the various wildlife. Came across moose, deer, elk cariboo and bison and also bear along side of the roads eating grass and berries.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 August 2023
  • travelrads
    New York City, New York549 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunrise Left Us Breathless
    We were staying at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and took their sunrise shuttle to Lake Moraine. We left about 05:30 and arrived about 05:50. We climbed the rockpile and made it to the top before sunrise. Sunrise left us breathless and speechless. Such a thing of beauty as the sun rises behind you and illuminates the tops of the ten peaks which then reflect of the blue lake. Just astounding probably one of the most beautiful sites ever! After sunrise we descended the rockpile and walked some of the lakeshore trail. We headed back about 07:45 plenty of time to experience the lake. Note you cannot drive to the lake as the road is closed to private vehicles best to arrange a tour, highly recommend sunrise if you can. Also rockpile is a mild climb with uneven stairs built into the rock. Those with knee problems or those markedly out of shape may have difficulty.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
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jadewilkes
Perth, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Moraine Lake is stunning. We loved it here. Was quite busy, we went in the arvo. Would have liked to have gone in the morning to avoid crowds. Regardless, it was incredible.
Written 28 June 2024
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5Galtravel
Knoxville, TN
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Wow. You do not want to miss this view and hike around the lake. We bought shuttle tickets that had an arrival time and allowed us to park at the Lake Louise ski area. We did this on line via Parks Canada before we arrived and it was inexpensive, but the website is a little confusing. The shuttle is a comfy motor coach that runs every 20 minutes and takes you to both Lake Louise and Moraine Lake and then back to the parking lot at the ski lodge. It was really convenient and is the way to go. The ski lodge has food and restrooms available.
Both lakes are a must see. They are crowded. The hike up the rock pile at Moraine to the best vantage point is worth it. A short hike around one half of the lake quickly leaves the crowds behind. It’s a flat, easy hike that is shaded. There are some benches and a cafe for grab and go fare at Moraine, plus restrooms with pit toilets.
Written 22 June 2024
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RayICue
Cornelius, NC
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Lake Moraine deserves the world ranking of a very beautiful lake. Can’t think of any world ranking without Lake Moraine. The rockpile trail takes you to the very best photo spot, and is a must climb activity.
Access to and from is aggravating but the popularity requires stricter controls.
A must see in Banff Park.
Written 21 June 2024
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
You have to book a tour to go to Moraine lake. No public vehicles allowed. The government has closed the road (a road that is paid for by Canadians tax dollars) unless you pay for a ticket on a tour bus. Parks Canada has employed a bunch of people to wear reflective vests and tell you that you cannot access. Don’t go unless you want to pay an arm and a leg to sit on a bus crammed with people.
Written 14 June 2024
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Russ
Las Vegas, NV
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
AMAZING to see in person!!
We used Fairview Limousine company in Lake Louise and they were very good! Giuliana at the Lake Louise Inn location was very helpful and our driver Jango was good natured and informative.
Written 8 June 2024
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Jazzybear6
Salisbury, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A beautiful blue lake and exceptional place to take sunrise photos of as long as you’re prepared to be there very early to find the right spot.

We took a photography tour with Maligne Tours who picked us up from our hotel in Banff for this occasion and they were brilliant.
Written 8 June 2024
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Elsa C. L.
New York City, NY
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Only Diversified shuttle buses can go up. Handicapped car plates are exempt and may drive up.

The lake was still frozen soon after we experienced walking on the ice. It’s slippery so be cautious.

Park Canada tents are where visitors wait for either the bus to Lake Louise or back to the parking lot at the Ski Lodge.

Ms. WJ of Diversified shuttle bus said that the parking lot is being expanded to accommodate almost 3,000 cars. That means Diversified has to provide more buses or making shuttle reservations would become even more by luck than preferred time.
Written 7 June 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
If you ever find the opportunity, make sure to visit this stunning lake. Although the road was closed, we managed to cycle in, and the 14km journey was absolutely worth it. If you're not used to cycling or haven't been on a bike in years, consider renting an e-bike – we got ours from Wilson’s in Lake Louise, and their service was excellent. The combination of the aqua blue water and the backdrop of snow creates a truly magical experience
Written 7 March 2024
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Jim B
Windsor, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
To me, this was the most beautiful lake we visited while in Alberta (and there are beautiful lakes around every corner).
It is far less busy than Lake Louise, which allows you to take in its grandeur while getting a postcard worthy shot.
A short, steep walk up to the main viewing area rewards you with panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains, but if you gave mobility issues, it'll be impossible to do. Don't worry, the view is just as beautiful from the lakeshore.
Parks Canada has closed the road leading to the lake to personal motorized vehicles (unless you're handicapped). Parks Canada offers shuttle buses to the lake, as do other companies. We opted for the Parks Canada shuttles, and they were easy to use and ran frequently (every 15-20 minutes). Gives you a fantastic opportunity to view the mountains on the drive to the lake.
Written 3 November 2023
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Gaihill
Galway, Ireland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Moraine Lake was too beautiful for words, as was Lake Louise. We loved our vsist to both lakes, and couldn't get over how stunning they are. Our bus driver warned us that there were a few uneven steps up to the Moraine Lake viewing area, so I warn you that it is a lot more than "a few steps", in fact it is a lot of steep steps, but I didn't regret the climb once is saw the view. Lake Louise is a lot more accessible.
Written 29 October 2023
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