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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Moraine Lake Rd | off Great Divide Hwy, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 December 2010

Moraine Lake is gorgeous, no doubt. The colour of the water, the mountains and glaciers which surround it are almost unbelievable. Certainly be sure to take the hike along the right side of the lake up to the waterfalls. But, as you will probably notice,...More

31  Thank steveston78
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

We made a few attempts at trying to see Moraine Lake, but if we weren't there seemingly by about 7AM, the small parking lot was full and we were turned away. Then we found out we could get there via a free public shuttle. Sounded...More

24  Thank lwew
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My girlfriend and I arose at 5:00 a.m. to visit Moraine Lake. Moraine has limited parking and often fills up around 6:00 a.m. depending on the time of year so make sure to plan in advance if you are looking to visit this beautiful area!...More

3  Thank Brendan H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was here in Labor Day weekend, so I had to get there an hour earlier to see sunrise It’s so beautiful. The blue turquoise water, the reflections, and the golden peaks of the mountain at golden hour, it’s breath taking. I have been lots...More

Thank MicaVo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Of all the lakes i visited this is by far the best and stunning. if you’re not scared of height there’s a place where you can climb up at your own risk and get the best view of this lake. i tried though but i...More

Thank urmajestyc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Now this place is just breathtaking! We sat and stared at the beauty surrounding us and it was out of this world. We went in the summer months so it was crystal blue and not a cloud in the sky - I would absolutely LOVE...More

Thank Jasmine M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are travelling in the summer getting to the lake can be a nightmare. You either need to arrive first thing before 8am or after 5pm. Otherwise you need to park on the overflow car park - hop on a American school bus and...More

1  Thank Moggy12345
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small lake with very nice views, few tips if you're planning a visit: 1. Come early to avoid the crowds. 2. If you're also planning a visit to Lake Luise - start in Moraine Lake and don't go to both lakes in one day,...More

2  Thank nasuella
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice lake with beautiful views. The snow capped mountains surrounding the lake are great. Plenty of parking...

Thank bdgdavid
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We almost missed this gem, but were able to squeeze in before we left Lake Louise. So glad we did! I think it might even be more beautiful than Lake Louise. If you are limited on time do the rock trail first. I had to...More

Thank carolynmM6863SP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Moraine Lake on a snowy day in early September. The Lake is very nice but without a view of the surrounding mountains it is a bit of a disappointment. Kayak rental prices are ridiculous (around $100/hr when it should be around $30/hr!!!). So the...More

Thank Francois_VSLL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have to agree with everyone that it’s much better than Lake Louise, although it’s still hard to compare since they are both so gorgeous in themselves. During peak seasons, the parking at Lake Moraine is closed from 7 am to about 6 pm due...More

1  Thank Stay802536
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Shan L
13 October 2018|
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Response from Bellaire56 | Reviewed this property |
We got into the Lake Louise lot on a fluke in the afternoon. Originally, we were going to Moraine Lake, but that lot was full. The next day we used the shuttle to get to Moraine, which makes it an easy way to be able to... More
19 August 2018|
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Response from Andrii D | Reviewed this property |
We were there on the 17th of August and smoke was present. Did affect visibility but not too much. Hard to tell as there’s still plenty of smoke in Banff now but anything could happen. I always say - there’s only one way to... More
9 August 2018|
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Response from AndySid | Reviewed this property |
Pesto Lake is the most beautiful, but all 3 are well worth a visit we had no problem parking at any of them in June