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Photograph Moraine Lake

Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

based on 19 reviews


Added by Julian Brezden

Distance: a short 5 minute walk from a large parking area. Elevation: 6,181 ft. (at the surface). A one hour drive from Banff, Alberta, Canada. Stunning views at any angle. Very accessible to anyone.

Showing up at Moraine Lake before dawn is a must as to avoid the multitude of tours busses. The morning sun is subtle and magical. The lake, being glacially fed, does not reach its crest until mid to late June. When it is full, it reflects a distinct shade of blue. The color is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis.

If you want to stay overnight, the Moraine Lake Lodge is located at the bottom of the lake. Canoe rentals are also available to explore the lake, which is certainly a must do activity.

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Filters can’t even make this look better. We reserved a spot on the park & ride shuttle, since the parking lot was full by 5:15a. We did a short hike up to the rock piles for picture taking by 7:15a. It wasn’t crowded at that time and the light/color of the lake was outstanding!

Another beautiful lake in Alberta. The water is an unreal blue.

Moraine Lake is a spectacular spot to visit. It's a short walk to the scenic spot where you can take photos of the beautiful vista and color of the lake. This is a really iconic landscape and one you shouldn't miss!

Very picturesque place!!! Super easy walk from the parking lot. Only 300 m and you can have a look at the very magic place!

I went here in July of 2017 for sunrise and it was amazing. A fair amount of people there in the morning but nothing too crazy. It is one of those places that no matter how many photos you see of it, nothing compares to the real deal.

I proposed to my girlfriend here at the end of a week long trip visiting several US national parks. We finished the trip in Banff. Photography at Moraine Lake was the reason we planned the trip and it did not disappoint. Even though it was 30 degrees, seeing this gorgeous natural wonder lived up to every expectation I had.

Unbelievable night photography spot. Bring some blankets up, enjoy the stars, and get out there

Definitely agree with the previous comment about hiking up the rock pile for some great pictures. For a late summer sunset we encountered more people than we expected. But, as the crowds died down the lake and surrounding area became incredibly peaceful and still. Worth staying a while to take it all in.

Go in the fall (late September, first week of October) to truly enjoy Moraine Lake at its finest and to avoid most of the crowds. If you're lucky, you'll get to see the larches in their full yellow beauty during about a week in late September. In early October, Moraine usually gets its first snow. Do bear in mind that they usually close the road to Moraine for cars on or around Canadian Thanksgiving or so, and does not open until spring. Some daring cross-country skiers might want to make the 20-mile round trip trek from Lake Louise in the winter.

I made a point of showing up early on a summer morning, at around 6am. This gives you incredible light and the parking lot is not too busy.

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