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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 3 weeks ago

Breathtaking views, lots of roam to roam, lots of parking however finding a spot is challenging on busy days. I would recommend going during the week and there are so many tourists but once you are out of your car and walking around the area...More

2  Thank AlbertaMommy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Get there before 8:00 to get a parking spot. Great views, especially from above and nice hiking trails, too.

1  Thank donandbobbi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Personally I think this Lake is prettier than it's neighbouring one. However it is very busy (as they both are). We waited 1 hour in line for the shuttle to get us there as the carpark was already full by 7am (this was September). But...More

1  Thank Rattie0907
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you go to the Canadian Mounties, DO NOT MISS LAKE MORAINE. To us it was much better than the OVERPRICED and OVERRATED Lake Louise. Lake Moraine is MUCH BETTER and a lot more BEAUTIFUL than Lake Louise. The Hotel in Lake Louise is OVERPRICE,...More

1  Thank Robert H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Moraine Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen. It's also one of the best views in Banff National Park, definitely a must see! I think Moraine Lake is much better than Lake Louise.

Thank reany1984
Reviewed 29 October 2017

During a trip in September we attempted to check out Moraine Lake and Lake Louise on a Friday afternoon but there was absolutely no parking! One person suggested arriving before 9;00am to get parking. We arrived the next morning at 8:00am and parking at Moraine...More

Thank TravelPT99
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We were fortunate to be on a tour, so our bus took us right up to the actual moraine. We were told the best view was from the top of the moraine, and the guide wasn't kidding. The view of the Ten Peaks dusted with...More

Thank EatScouse
Reviewed 28 October 2017

You may be on holiday and want to sleep in but getting up early to go to Lake Moraine is definitely worth it (and you can still drive up to the lake rather than having to take the shuttle bus). The views are spectacular and...More

1  Thank Heidi F
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Moraine lake is simply stunning. You really have to visit. The road was closed by 7.30am when we came but we decided to bite the bullet and use the transit bus from the Lake Louise overflow lot and it was worth the 45 minute wait....More

1  Thank Ade P
Reviewed 27 October 2017

We were absolutely gobsmacked by this lake. I have never seen anything so beautiful. It's worth the easy hike to the end of the lake, also to go up on top of the moraine right to the left of the parking lot, as well at...More

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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