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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
$77.57 per adult
Traveler Favorite
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

star-4
Good
Eva_V, Sep 2021
Rocky Mountain Day Tour: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake
Good overall tour! Eric was a good tour guide! I do wish he had a bit more to say about the places we went but he was very nice, accommodating and helpful. The van is small, but we had our own space, it was very clean and there was AC. The tour is worth it! You see a lot, which is lovely and you're able to spend enough time at each place.
star-5
Epic Adventure
Steve_M, Jul 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Great experience. There were many stops along the way. The bus was clean and Rob was a terrific host.
star-4
Very nice tour , great weather in October.
Tam_N, Oct 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Beautiful and breathtaking view. We really enjoyed the tour. October is good weather to go here. Nice and cool in the morning. Later in the day, the sun come out and its was perfect for sightseeing. Love to go back to Banff again.
star-5
Amazing views everywhere,...
Glenn_H, Sep 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Amazing views everywhere, especially Moraine lake. Great with fall yellow larches. Had a small group of 4 at end of Sept. Host was fantastic.
star-5
Awesome views
Wayne_G, Sep 2021
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
The views of Lake Louise were surreal. Very enjoyable trip. Great scenery Comfortable van Would definitely do again
star-5
Awesome
John_P, Sep 2021
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
We had an awesome guide from Discovery Banff tours. Her name is Heidi and she explained all the mountain regions and the history behind them. She also hiked with us. She was great
star-5
Excellent
Galina_K, Sep 2021
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
Fantastic day trip with nice guide. All locations were beautiful. The day was well paced with enough time at each stop.
star-5
Can’t go wrong! Awesome tour
Heather_M, Oct 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
This was an excellent trip! Robbie was an amazing guide with lots of local knowledge, personable and made everyone feel comfortable. We stopped at a lot of places but it didn’t feel like you were always on the bus. The many stops broke up the day nicely. I would highly recommend this company and tour!
star-5
Robbie was awesome!...
Lynda_P, Oct 2021
Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Robbie was awesome! Casual and so easy to communicate with! He is very knowledgeable of the area and answered many questions! Good sense of humour and we could tell he loves the outdoors! We truly enjoyed the day, the stops were great and the finally at Peyto lake was fantastic !
star-5
Awesome
Kristina_P, Aug 2021
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Loved this tour. The tour guide Robert was so knowledgeable and we had a blast at both lakes as well as making our own little picnic at Lake Louise
star-5
Best company
cory_h, Aug 2021
Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 13 guests
Go with beyond Banff. Robbie is an amazing guide, very knowledgeable and very accommodating. Thank you again for the wonderful time!
star-5
the best lakes tour
Lourdes_H, Aug 2021
Rocky Mountain Day Tour: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake
Eric is our driver and guide tour. He speaks english very well. I recommend this tour. You will see the best 3 lakes in Banff. Me and my sister have a wonderful day and great pictures during our tour.Thank you so much Eric!

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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