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Lakes

Moraine Lake

The waters of Moraine Lake seem like they have been poured straight from the heavens into the Valley of the Ten Peaks. The towering mountains encircle the deep blue surface of the lake in a formation so extraordinary, only Mother Nature could shape it.

Piles of boulders have been seemingly dropped by the hands of giants, forming miniature mountains near the lakeshore. Let yourself be drawn to the trails that wind amongst the rocks and travel beyond to alpine meadows and sparkling lakes.

Good To Know

Difficulty
Easy
Duration
< 1hr or 1-3 hrs
When
Jun - Oct

Plan Ahead

Personal vehicle access to Moraine Lake is not available. Reserve a seat on the Parks Canada shuttle , book a guided tour, or take Roam Transit (fall service only).

Location

Distance from Banff:
71km
Distance from Lake Louise:
14km

When to go

Operating Dates

MonthOperating Status
JanClosed
FebClosed
MarClosed
AprClosed
MayClosed
JunOpen
JulOpen
AugOpen
SepOpen
OctOpen
NovClosed
DecClosed

The road to Moraine Lake is only open during the summer months. In the winter the road is track set for cross-country skiing to the 10 Peaks viewpoint. Anything past the viewpoint poses avalanche risk and is not recommended.

Busy Times

Everyday, June - October

Local Tips

  • If you plan to hike, be sure to check the up-to-date trail conditions (and seasonal restrictions) using the Parks Canada Trail Report.

  • Picture Perfect: Visit the Rockpile for the classic vista of the lake.

Getting There

Useful Links

Let's do this!

Take a guided sightseeing tour or shuttle to Moraine Lake for the best experience

Brewster Sightseeing

Activity & Tour Providers
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Discover Banff Tours

Activity & Tour Providers
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Hop On Banff

Shuttles & Taxis
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Radventures Canada

Activity & Tour Providers
Location
Banff Town
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White Mountain Adventures

Activity & Tour Providers
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WowBanff Sightseeing

Activity & Tour Providers
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Mountain Park Transportation

Shuttles & Taxis
Location
Lake Louise Area
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