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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
Lake moraine - bucket list
Fantastic guide. Very easy access to all the best sites. Went on the 8 am and was back to banff in time for lunch.
Julia_T, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

star-5
Need to spend more time...
Erik_K, Aug 2022
Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Emerald Lake Yoho Day Tour
Need to spend more time in moraine lake. Sorry no time to write a story. Hope this is enough to say.
star-5
Great experience
BIJIT_R, Aug 2022
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
Very good tour. The guide was great and he explained a lot about the landscape and surroundings. Would have liked a little more time at Moraine lake. Overall, great experience, highly recommended!
star-5
Affordable Banff Lake Tour
manav_k, Aug 2022
Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Emerald Lake Yoho Day Tour
Lisa is an awesome guide. She made sure that we are always on time. This is a nice tour if you are interested in only visiting the lakes without worrying about the parking. Moraine Lake parking is very small and is usually always full. The time for Gondolla ride seemed a little short so I didn't opt for it.
star-5
Awesome
ArleneT_W, Aug 2022
Banff, Lake Louise & Moraine Lake | Small Group Active Full Day Adventure Tour
Driver very informative, Banff lake Louis and Lake Miriam are unbelievable!. Dale out did himself very friendly, bus was clean and comfortable.
star-5
Lisa, our tour guide was...
Phiona_N, Aug 2022
Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Emerald Lake Yoho Day Tour
Lisa, our tour guide was amazing, the driver too was very professional! The bus was super clean. All stops had amazing views. Overall, great 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
Explorers on the tour
John_C, Aug 2022
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
Amazing guide and driver, Sammy! Good info and included all “explorers” during the tour!! We were not rushed but kept to the schedule. Great organized order of views and a perfect day all around.
star-5
The best guide ever. Good...
Andreas_J, Aug 2022
Banff, Lake Louise & Moraine Lake | Small Group Active Full Day Adventure Tour
The best guide ever. Good timing and a great program. Friendly participants and (luckily) good weather. There could have been more bears.
star-4
Nice trip!
Reanna_M, Aug 2022
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
We booked this tour for a family of 4 in may. This trip was very popular as our bus was 100% capacity filled. Jesse our tour guide was straight forward in explaining. Although we didn’t get to see moraine lake as mentioned in the itinerary (d/t weather), the trip overall was organized. I would spend more time in emerald lake than going to an alternative for moraine lake. lake Louise timeframe was excellent.
star-5
Perfect!
Chloe_M, Aug 2022
Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Day Tour from Calgary or Banff & Deluxe Lunch Option
The best way to maximise a 1 day trip and see the main lakes, without the hassles of parking and driving.
star-5
Awesome trip!
HV_C, Aug 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
This was a great trip and met all our needs. Our guide Rob was informative and friendly, we had plenty of time at each location and the tour was on time and extremely well run. We would highly recommend Beyond Banff Tours
star-5
Not to be missed!
Denise_S, Aug 2022
Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 12 guests
A truly incredible experience! We saw some of the most beautiful places on earth. Rob was an excellent tour guide and provided valuable insight about each stop. Traveling in a small, private group was truly the best way to see Banff National Park!
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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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