Photograph Moraine Lake

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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Photography
Hiking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

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Spectacular

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!

Moraine Lake

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

Classssic

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.

Better that I Imagned

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.

Go at night

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

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