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.

Pack List

  • Tripod
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Water
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Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

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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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