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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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“rock pile” (289 reviews)
“top of the rock” (96 reviews)
“gift shop” (96 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Moraine Lake Rd | off Great Divide Hwy, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one of the highlights of the Canadian Rockies, an absolute must-see. Go early to get parked and walk around the different viewpoints while waiting for the sun to get higher and really light things up. The turquoise blue water and spectacular mountain backdrop...More

Thank dhj16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss visiting Moraine Lake. Breathtaking views and stunning scenery. Great drive up to the lake with stunning views along the way. In the summer, bring a lunch to have by the lake.

Thank Anna B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Moraine Lake is simply stunning. The colors, the mountains, the water, the tress- every bit is glorious. Get there early to avoid the crazy crowds and go to the Rockplie for the best photo opportunities.

1  Thank Deanna D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply one thing to say - Breathtaking. Go and see it yourself. Tip- We were told the road closes unless you go at 7am. We drove past at 4pm and it was open and less busy, we got parked without any issue.

2  Thank Mimosa86
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

we all went there in different seasons . Enjoyed all . explored all the trails each time we went . u also Do, carry snacks but enjoy them urself , do NOT FEED WILD LIFE . stay in groups . n enjoy.

Thank Gaucalgary
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm glad we read reviews for this, it is much more beautiful than lake louise and slightly less popular so our walk around it was much more peaceful and enjoyable. We got there at 8am and the carpark was a nightmare so make sure you...More

1  Thank Kato2009
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started out hiking around to the other end of the lake. Key thing is to get there early! Less crowded. We also did the Consolation Trail hike with a couple we met from Canada. This was one of our favorite hikes of the whole...More

Thank Klschick
Reviewed 6 December 2017

This was one of the places that I really wanted to see on my trip out west. Everyone told us how beautiful it was. However, getting there this past fall was a total pain in the butt. Because the parks were free everything was super...More

4  Thank 9gkids
Reviewed 6 December 2017

The moraine lake is a must when visiting Canada. The lake with its surrounding peaks is so beautiful - the perfect holiday picture. Personal recommendation: Arrive early in the morning or in the late evening as the tourist crowds block the driveway and all parking...More

1  Thank SchmidtchensMarie
Reviewed 6 December 2017

We visited Lake Moraine and was amazed how beautiful it was.There is free parking close to the lake and although busy when we visited we found walking around to be good with paths easy to follow. There was a cafe and gift shop here as...More

2  Thank 2014Jandy
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robert f
14 November 2017|
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Response from AnnEandCharles | Reviewed this property |
It's not a difficult hike but the ground is very stoney and uneven. Personally I would go for the walk alongside the lake for the safety of your children and peace of mind.
5 September 2017|
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Response from AnnEandCharles | Reviewed this property |
The bus tour would be so much better as you are given all the information you would need about the area when on a tour and you can just sit back and enjoy the fantastic views without the hassle of parking up.
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