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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  • We wished to visit Lake Moraine, 7 miles from Lake Louise. Visiting here, during the later part of June brought large crowds to this beautiful area. As the parking is limited at Lake Moraine - 140 car...  more »
  • Wanted to walk to consolation lake which was meant to be easy, u try scrambling thru 100m of scree rock w a sore knee! Did lake walk instead. Busy but better than louise  more »
  • I didn't believe the colors in the pictures I saw on-line. I had to see it for myself. The pictures didn't lie. Absolutely beautiful! Must be there before 7:00 a.m. if you want to park your own car an...  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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