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Moraine Lake Tours

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Moraine Lake
Hemmed in by the dramatic Valley of the Ten Peaks, Banff National Park’s glacier-fed Moraine Lake is renowned for its bright blue-green waters. The surreally vivid color results from light refracting off of tiny glacial rock particles. Stunning Lake Moraine was famously featured on the back of Canada’s $20 bill between 1969 and 1979. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.
Address: Moraine Lake, Banff, Canada
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Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine LakeNature and Wildlife

Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

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Discover Lake Louise and Moraine Lake on this guided tour from Banff. Located inside the Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the lakes are well-known for their distinct turquoise hues. Gain insight into the area’s mountaineering history, admire views of the Valley of Ten Peaks and leave with plenty of frame-worthy photos. Round-trip transportation is included on this small-group tour. Don’t miss this seasonal tour that operates from April to November.
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from BanffDay Trips

Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff

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See the best that Banff National Park and the surrounding wilderness have to offer—including Victoria Glacier, stunning Moraine Lake and towering Takakkaw Falls—on this full-day guided coach tour.  Over the course of the day, discover some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery of the Canadian Rockies, with time to spot some of the area’s diverse wildlife, plus enjoy lunch and round-trip transport from Banff.
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Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day TourDay Trips

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1-Day Tour: Calgary, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald LakeDay Trips

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1-Day Tour: Calgary, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake

By discover Lake Louise, strolling along its emerald green shores with a picture-perfect view of Lake Louise. Emerald Lake is famous for the beautiful blue-green color .
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See the vast landscapes, soaring mountains, and baby blue Lake Louise during this small-group, full-day, guided tour of Banff onboard a mini-bus. Experience driving on the Ice Field Parkway and make a stop at Lake Minnewanka keeping an eye out for elks and bighorn sheep. Lookout over the mountain town of Banff from high above at the Mount Norquay from lookout before stopping at Chateau Lake Louise to explore.
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Explore the majestic mountain views and turquoise lakes of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake on this all-day small-group guided tour of Banff National Park. The day includes short hikes with a naturalist guide that offer views of the Rockies and the local wildlife. Plus, enjoy a picturesque chairlift ride at Lake Louise.
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Deluxe Evening Tour to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with DinnerDay Trips

Deluxe Evening Tour to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with Dinner

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