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Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake Rd | off Great Divide Hwy, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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This beautiful lake nestled in the mountains is best known for its appearance on the back of the Canadian dollar bill.
  • Excellent83%
  • Very good13%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Moraine Lake Rd | off Great Divide Hwy, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Get there early to get a spot in the parking lot and to avoid crowds on the trails. It's worth getting up early to get there by 8:30 AM. It's unbelievably gorgeous---blue/green water and water so clear and smooth it's like a mirror.

Thank IndTraveler
Reviewed 2 days ago

This lake is as wonderful as the other 4,000+ reviews say it is and deserves it's top spot on the "Things To Do" list. We were lucky enough get parking the first time we visited, around 5:30pm on a Thursday. The second attempt was to...More

Thank miaescudero
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of the prettiest places I've ever seen. Went there on a Saturday but the Kayak/canoe rental place was closed. So if you wanna kayak/canoe, check before you go. Not a lot of parking. Have to park at the overflow parking on route 1, which...More

Thank sltraveler007
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It took 3 tries to get to Moraine Lake, the road was closed due to crowds. We ended up taking a Parks Canada school bus from the overflow lot our last morning. A hour each way, but the view from the top of the short...More

Thank lonk55
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited many lakes during our road trip to Banff and Yoho national parks. Lake Louise, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, Emerald Lake among others. But Moraine Lake takes the cake. There is no way to describe the breathtaking beauty of this place. It's something that...More

Thank Vicente R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Moraine Lake is stunning, even in the rain which we unfortunately had when we visited. Parking is limited so get there early or go later in the afternoon. Several trails in the area offer excellent views and are not too strenuous. The only downside is...More

Thank moll404
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We hesitated about going to see Moraine Lake since we were already staying at Lake Louise. Our tour guide really thought we should see this lake. He was right, it was beautiful! We had to hike up some steps to see this (not hard) and...More

Thank lynne G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very busy, coaches arriving regularly, even mid week, its a bit of a drive from Lake Louise but the views are worth it.

Thank Ian H
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited this place twice during our stay in Banff NP. The first time we tried to get in during the morning, but the parking was full, so we went back later in the afternoon. We hiked easily along the lake but due to the...More

Thank khim911
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Moraine lake is beautiful! Stunning views and lovely trails. We went late august and although it was busy the trails were relatively quiet. Parking is a bit of a nightmare (not as bad as lake Louise) during peak season so make sure to get there...More

Thank georgina p
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5 September 2017|
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Response from Dushyantha P | Reviewed this property |
Did not see any cruises on Lake Moraine. A canoe might be more practical as its a fairly small lake compared to Lake Louise for example.
30 August 2017|
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Response from Jim T |
In all likelihood you are confusing the two 'M' lakes, Moraine & Maligne (near Jasper), or possibly a third 'M' lake, Minnewanka (nearer to the town of Bannf). Minnewanka & Maligne both have cruises, but Moraine does not... More
24 August 2017|
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Response from GUPPIE80 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problem! It's not that hard to paddle around, you'll have enough time to see the lake.