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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
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Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
star-4.5
$77.25 per adult
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Great and well worth it
Andrew, our guide was fantastic. Knowlegeable, great story teller. The trip was excellent, not too long, just right. Well worth it.
Gillian_G, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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We had a great day with...
Sandra_M, Dec 2021
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We had a great day with Jeff, who picked us up very punctually at the designated time. The vehicle was very clean and Jeff was a great tour guide and very kindly took many photos of us in all the beautiful locations.
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Ronal_M, May 2022
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Great guide and travelling in small group was even better. A must visit both with this group scenery/wild life. Whole day was perfect. Thank you
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Fantastic day touring BANFF with Viator tours.
Michelle_G, May 2022
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We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the lakes and natural bridge. Our guide (Robert) was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of BANFF.
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The tour tikes you to...
Connor_S, May 2022
Rocky Mountain Day Tour: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake
The tour tikes you to absolutely stunning landscapes, and Will was very knowledgeable about the area.
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Great must see tour
Subhadra_K, May 2022
Rocky Mountain Day Tour: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake
Our tour guide William was awesome with the driving, explaining us about the history of Banff and the lakes.
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Fun trip
Suiyang_Y, Apr 2022
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
We had fun! Jessi was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and helpful. The clip-ons he provided were super helpful to walk on slippery surface. Highly recommend!
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Worth It!
Michele_V, Apr 2022
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
What an amazing Experience!! Truly worth it!!Our tour Guide Jessie is great! Will Highly recommended!
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Fantastic view and great...
Taeyeon_K, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Fantastic view and great spots for pictures. Luckily we saw a black bear and some wild animals!!!! Highly recommend!!!!
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Outstanding tour from the...
DrRicardo_M, Apr 2022
Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing
Outstanding tour from the scenic landscapes to the service itself. The Canadian rockies are overwhelming. Jess is an amazing guide.
star-5
A great tour by an expert guide.
Stephen_W, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Rob gave us a superb tour. His expert knowledge was invaluable and we were lucky enough to see a grizzly and a black bear as well as deer and big horn sheep. The scenery was beyond spectacular and he took us to some well chosen viewing points, which were great for capturing some great photos.
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It was a stunning sight...
Tim_L, Feb 2022
Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Private Tour (with gondola)
It was a stunning sight and such a beautiful place. Tour guide (Storm) was outstanding. Highly recommend both. Would do it again.
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Will Recommend!
Sam_P, Dec 2021
Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Private Tour (with gondola)
Great private tour. Stormm was a great guide and very flexible despite of the weather conditions. :)

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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