Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

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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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  • Hands down one of THE most BEAUTIFUL places on earth, so it’s easy to see why it’s so crazy popular even during a pandemic. Literally jaw-dropping beauty that’s almost hard to believe. However, like.....  more »
  • AVOID CANOE RENTAL AT LAKE MORAINE- Worse rip off in Alberta. The website listed a 1 hr canoe rental for $95- which is way too high but I was prepared to be ripped off for the experience. So I was...  more »
  • In my opinion, better than Lake Louise! It's more scenic, more idyllic, less touristy, and more compact than Lake Louise. You could do the main parts of Lake Moraine in a very short amount of time.....  more »
  • Food was expensive but the sights were incredible!
  • Beautiful teal coloured lake. There is a viewpoint with a bunch of great photo taking spots. The area is extremely busy during the day, only way if getting there is by taking the bus from the village below. Best times to go are early in the morning or sometime after 5.
  • A must see..we visited in summer..make sure you reach before 5 am preferable before 4 am...we were lucky to find the second last parking spot at 5 am.. we realized that people slept in their vehicle's to visit this's one of the most beautiful places to go...make sure you climb the do justice to the view...hope you enjoy as much as we did
  • I got here early, and left before mid day. It made such a difference. Early is much quieter, much more peaceful, much more authentic. Get here early and you'll appreciate the genuine beauty of this wonderful place so much more. The colours of the lake against the forest are gorgeous too
  • FMS: just seen pic in FB

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