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Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

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Part of a critical habitat for Canada's grizzlies, Moraine Lake offers several hiking trails with inspiring views of the snow-capped Valley of the Ten Peaks. If the area around the glacier-fed lake looks familiar, that's probably because you've seen it on the back of the country's 20 dollar bill. In June the lake reaches its highest level and reflects a distinct blue shade, caused by deposits of fine-grained rock particles. To stay safe in this "bear country," hike in a group and carry plenty of bear spray. Take the guesswork out of planning a Banff National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • We nearly didn’t go! It’s only after the coach driver insisted that we MUST visit that we went and boy are we thankful to him! The views are absolutely incredible over Moraine Lake, picture perfect... 
    We nearly didn’t go! It’s only after the coach driver insisted that we MUST visit that we went and boy are we thankful to him! The views are absolutely incredible over Moraine Lake, picture perfect...  more »
  • Glacier-fed Moraine Lake is in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. It is a gorgeous body of water surrounded by sharp mountain peaks and glaciers. It is a beautiful setting for a hike or paddling a canoe. 
    Glacier-fed Moraine Lake is in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. It is a gorgeous body of water surrounded by sharp mountain peaks and glaciers. It is a beautiful setting for a hike or paddling a canoe.  more »
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  • A conflicting feel on the effort of what you have to do in order to experience this beautiful place. We did a good amount of research before attempting here. We woke at 3:30am and ventured out for an hour drive here. Coming down Lake Louise Drive, you will not be allowed to make the left into Moraine Lake Rd so need to drive to lake Louise and double back and HOPEFULLY they allow you to get into Moraine Lake Rd. if the lot is full then the attendants there will wave you off and you will have to go back in town, double back and try again. Arriving here at 5am, luckily there was 2 parking spots left on this tiny parking lot. We thanked the gods and then slept in the car until sunrise. You can take the short climb up to the rockpiles left of the lake but it will be a mod of people and picture takers here that will stay for longer times, but the view of the lake here is breathtaking. Afterwards you can take the path on the right side of the lake and enjoy a less-people experience of lake side or venture into the lake bed for more grounded shots. It can be a once in a lifetime thing but for me once in a life time is enough. Perhaps you may get a better chance of finding a parking spot if you come later when the morning crowd is finished and they are leaving and freeing up spots. Bathrooms here are pit toilets only so prepare mentally.
  • Moraine Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever been to! The lake is serene and the powder blue water is absolutely surreal! The mountain range surrounding the lake looks like jagged arrowheads and adds a great dynamic to this wonderful place. It does get crowded and people will definitely get in the way of pictures. It was surprising how easy it was to get here from the parking lot. That being said the parking lot fills up quick and they close down the road when it fills up so get there as soon as you can. We tried going multiple times and only got in once due to the closures so keep that in mind. Of all the places I visited in Canada I would put this up on the list due to the sheer beauty of this lake!

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