Moraine Lake, Lake Louise

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#2 of 305 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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  • If you explore Banff Nationalpark, you have to visit Moraine Lake! It`s less than 1 hour from Lake Louise. In June it was still very icy, so I was happy about my winter boots! You can spend some time ...  more »
  • Stunning glacial lake with a gorgeous trail along the shore. Very popular and expect crowds if you are going on a holiday. We had gone on the fourth of july weekend it was quite crowded and we had to ...  more »
  • It is a beautiful place, but you need to be there early in the morning or you won't get a parking spot. We were there before 7 am. It's packed with tourists. On next visit, we'll surly spend more time...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet (1,885 m). The lake has a surface area of 50 hectares (120 acres). For the type of lake, see moraine-dammed lake. Quick facts: Location, Coordinates … The lake, being glacially fed, does not reach its crest until mid to late June. When it is full, it reflects a distinctive shade of blue. The colour is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis.
  • I left a piece of my heart in Moraine Lake! The mountains are breathtaking, the lake is magnificent and the weather was perfect when we went there in Late June.. really felt like a little bit of heaven! Canoeing is a must when visiting Moraine Lake in the summer. Just a short 20 to 30 minute drive from Lake Louise, I personally like this one better than Lake Louise. It is also crowded but not nearly as packed as Lake Louise. Definitely a must visit if you are driving up the Icefields Parkway. There is a hiking trail by the lake for the more adventurous, although staring at the lake was good enough for us! Will definitely come back to this gorgeous place.
  • Moraine lake is one of the most beautiful sceneries this world has ever had. The view is breathtaking. I’ve been here for the 10th time and the view is perfect since day 1. You have to go see it for yourself and you’ll know what I am talking about. Though, it gets very busy in summer time, it’s worth the drive. Road going up to the lake is closed off for a certain period of time due to high volume of traffic and the unavailability of parking. The best time to go is early in the morning from 6 am-9 am and late afternoon from 5 pm-9 pm when it’s not so busy. Avoid going there from 10 am-4 pm because that’s usually the time frame it gets crazy busy. In summer, when sun is still up as late as 10 pm, going there from 6 pm to 10pm shouldn’t be an issue. Moraine Lake is close from late October to late May due to snow accumulation which is a high risk of snow avalanche and poor driving condition.

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