Moraine Lake, Lake Louise

4.8
#1 of 406 in Parks in Alberta
Part of a critical habitat for Canada's grizzlies, Moraine Lake offers several hiking trails with inspiring views of the snow-capped Valley of the Ten Peaks. If the area around the glacier-fed lake looks familiar, that's probably because you've seen it on the back of the country's 20 dollar bill. In June the lake reaches its highest level and reflects a distinct blue shade, caused by deposits of fine-grained rock particles. To stay safe in this "bear country," hike in a group and carry plenty of bear spray. Take the guesswork out of planning a Banff National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • One of the most beautiful places on earth. The waters are so blue and the mountains are so regal. I see a lot of photo enhancements done to the lake on travel blogs but they are not necessary- it stan...  more »
  • Visiting Banff this Lake also is a must along with the Lake Louise. Gets a little out of town, but it is really worth visiting it. It is also a postcard.
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  • It's so nice to see where the picture on the old 20 dollar bill is from. You have to go early to get a parking spot. Snacks can be bought and the cafe there. We walked around and took pictures.  more »
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  • Absolutely an amazing beautiful place. Thoroughly enjoyed the hike to the very top of the mountains. Be prepared for the step ascend up along many switch backs. When you get close to the top, the trees disappear and you will no doubt encounter snow at the top in the middle of summer. Can be chilly and harder to breathe. Bring lots of water & snacks. ;)
  • Best lake ever! Abundant wildlife, and an awesome stop if you can only make one! You can take a short hiking trail around the glacial water, or rent a canoe to explore it's centre! Plenty of parking and trails surrounding this one lake! The end of the round-lake hike is a shallow waterfall originating further into the mountains.
  • Located in the remote Valley of the Ten Peaks in the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake is an emerald beauty, a small, cold glacier-fed jewel surrounded by towering mountains, immense waterfalls, and ancient rock piles, so beautiful it takes breath away. As the glaciers melt, the water in the lake rises and changes its color. It might take away some of its magic to know that the color is affected by the sediment brought by the glacial waters. The whole area is crossed by scenic hiking trails that offer different perspectives of the lake depending on your elevation or location. You can also enjoy its beauty from a kayak or canoe, or just by sitting on a rock at its bank. Take it all in, no photograph will ever give it justice.
  • Simply unbelievable. If you go, be sure to time for the parking and crowds; it's a zoo! Once you're there take a long walk around the lake and spend some time going off the main trails. This is definitely somewhere that the pictures don't do justice at all.
  • What a perfect picture location. Sadly it is far too easy to reach this place and it is therefor totally overcrowded. Would be nice to cut off the road and let only people walk over there :-) Get up early if you plan to drive there with your own car. Only a few parking lots are available and they are all gone at least at 8am. Take your time and walk up to Sentinel Pass. You will be rewarded with beautiful views.
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