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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
$76.94 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic trip
Fantastic trip. Driver did a good show, Louise and Moraine Lake are really outbreathing. I recommend it to anyone.
Yves_P, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

star-5
Amazing! Fantastic!
Barbie_W, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
We had a wonderful day with Rob as our tour guide. He was knowledgeable and friendly. We saw Two Jack Lake, Lake Minnewanka, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Glacier and Bow Lake. The views were incredible. Out of 1 - 10, I’d rate Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake twelves and the rest 10s. Our pictures are awesome! And we were able to see elk, sheep and a bear, too! A 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
A must do when in Banff
laura_c, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Would highly recommend this tour, it has been my favourite day out in Canada so far. Thankyou for a great tour of all the best spots in Banff.
star-5
Great tour and beautiful lakes!
Sally_R, Jun 2022
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Great tour! The lakes are both beautiful and our tour guide, Annika, was super knowledgeable and nice. The tour was 4ish hours with a 30 minute stop at Lake Louise and a 40 minute stop at Moraine Lake. Hike up the rocks at Moraine Lake first to get a great view (but be aware it is a steep hike up natural rock stairs). Would highly recommend!
star-5
Lena Trip
Lena_C, Jun 2022
Banff, Lake Louise & Moraine Lake | Small Group Active Full Day Adventure Tour
Dale tour guide he is awesome, he is very friendly and very knowledgeable. Because him we saw the bear. Thank you Dale!
star-5
Great trip to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Jane_D, Jun 2022
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Very good trip, Tyler was our driver/ guide. Good commentary on way to destination, not to heavy going but plenty of information. Kept to schedule very well
star-5
Outstanding tour...
David_H, Jun 2022
Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Emerald Lake Yoho Day Tour
Outstanding tour Great tour guide Mark Bus driver Richard was very good Very well organized and informative
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
Views views views
Alexandra_A, Jun 2022
Banff & Yoho Parks | Lake Louise | Moraine Lake | Emerald Lake - PRIVATE TOUR
The trip was amazing, our guide was perfect, a very relaxing day that allowed us to go at our own pace. Definitely bring sneakers so you can walk to the least crowded areas for the best views. I would do this tour again! Loved it!
star-4
Great day trip to the nature treasures of Alberta
Alla_F, Jun 2022
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
Nice day trip to the most beautiful nature treasures of Alberta! The driver was excellent navigating narrow and steep roads with ease. Although the tour guide was informative and kept the tour on time, we would have liked to hear more history, lore, stories and legends.
star-5
Great experience
krisvaughn, Jun 2022
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
The tour guide was knowledgeable and let us know about all the historical facts and dangers. It was a great experience
star-5
Highly recommend
Lorna_T, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Very experienced guide. Great way to see the area. Rob was informative and we had plenty of time to take photos and ask questions. We couldn't visit Moraine lake as it wasn't safe to travel there at the time, but the trip was adapted and we weren't disappointed. Would highly recommend.
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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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