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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Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
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šŸ„ˆ Contributor

over 4 years ago

The Most Photographed for a Reason

It is Beautiful. I got here at 6am and was all alone for about 10 minutes. Well worth getting up and making the early morning drive from Calgary. Those 10 minutes alone gave me the best chance for an uninterrupted shot.

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šŸ„‡Top Contributor

over 4 years ago

Great Opportunity To Be Present

Moraine Lake is as beautiful as it is photographed! My choice of activity here is to find a spot to sit down and just take it all in. A lot of people try to get the best shot, but it serves as an excellent backdrop for a conversation with a good friend.

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over 4 years ago

This is the location that first made me want to visit the Canadian Rockies. Yes the crowds are crazy, but there are usually very few people at sunrise.

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