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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
$77.09 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Requisite sites and entertaining commentary!
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour! The lakes were amazing, proof of God’s amazing love for us shining through his exquisite creation! The commentary provided by our driver/guide, Tyler Buck, was informative and enjoyable. He did an excellent job relating stories that brought the scenery to life. Buck’s wildlife tales were equally informative and entertaining. Hats off to Discover Canada!
LeGran_H, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences 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
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.
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
High and Low
Easter_G, Jun 2022
Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Emerald Lake Yoho Day Tour
Emerald lake was the best but did not spend enough time there Sorry we didn’t get the chance to see Moraine lake Our tour guide and bus driver were the best
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
Robby was an awesome tour...
Sonia_P, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Robby was an awesome tour guide! He adjusted our tour to please everyone in our large family of nine!
star-5
Arnel is very...
Jill_L, Jun 2022
Experience Banff National Park & Lake Louise | Moraine Lake - PRIVATE DAY TOUR
Arnel is very knowledgeable and patient, he did not rush us at any scenic spots and always remind us to enjoy the moment and take as much time as we need. Highly recommend
star-5
Highly Recommended
Liz_L, Jun 2022
Banff & Yoho Parks | Lake Louise | Moraine Lake | Emerald Lake - PRIVATE TOUR
Had a fantastic time and was so grateful to not have to drive especially with how busy the parks were. Our guide, Jeff, was amazing, new exactly where to go to avoid crowds as much as possible and was flexible with our day. Would highly recommend this tour especially if you’ve never been before!
star-5
Fun at Lake Louise!
Mary_C, Jun 2022
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
Samuel, our driver was wonderful at relaying the facts about everything. Was an enjoyable experience.
star-5
Amazing Tour
Jordan_R, Jun 2022
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
Amazing Tour, was able to see all the tourist attractions and take amazing photos. All of the scenery was breathtaking.
star-5
1 day in Banff
Kate_G, Jun 2022
Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Emerald Lake Yoho Day Tour
This was a full day tour and could not have been easier! Met the bus in downtown Calgary and had a lovely day bouncing around all over the national park! We saw as much of the park as anyone could see in a day and had plenty of time to enjoy each site. Our tour guides Mark and Nate were wonderful.
star-5
Spectacular views!
Julia_F, Jun 2022
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Exploring Lake Louise and Montaigne Lake is a must on your bucket list. Spectacular views of the mountains and beautiful lakes. Our tour guide was excellent. I highly recommend this experience.
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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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