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Moraine Lake

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Address: Moraine Lake Rd. off Great Divide Hwy., Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Activities: Hiking, Getting married
Description: This beautiful lake nestled in the mountains is best known for its...
This beautiful lake nestled in the mountains is best known for its appearance on the back of the Canadian dollar bill.
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff

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Unbelievable Beauty but with No Services

It is a paradise for us outdoor photographers but the facility, restrooms and other services were not yet open on May 20. There were also many visitors that walked very close to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

To be in the vicinity of a renowned attraction has its pluses and minuses. Situated at a distance of fifteen kilometres from the celebrated Lake Louise, this pearl of Canadian Rockies is bound to miss the rush of tourists but that is more a boon. Though not all the tourists who come to Lake Louise visit Lake Moraine, the lake... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

It is a paradise for us outdoor photographers but the facility, restrooms and other services were not yet open on May 20. There were also many visitors that walked very close to the edge of the thawing ice in the middle of the lake no official was there to warn them of the dangers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We tried to stop by Moraine Lake on a summer afternoon. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a place to park. A few of our party did jump out of the car, run over to the beach and fight to get in front of people enough to get a glimpse of what really is an incredibly beautiful lake. Our visit... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We went to see Moraine lake in May. The road was still closed off to vehicle traffic. They usually open the road mid May to early June. It is closed due to avalanche risk. We took the bikes down the road, it's about 15 km one way. The ride to the lake is NOT easy. Not recommended as a family... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Never before and afterwards seen such a colour of water. The contrast to the snow-topped mountains (even in summer) is just incredible.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Cold lake for swimming, but awesome for photos. A must see stop if passing through or in the area. Only a moron would miss Moraine.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Such a beautiful lake. I actually preferred this one over Lake Louise. The water is a much nicer colour. We climbed to the top of the rock pile thing that is there. It took about 15 mins and was quite easy to get up. The photos that we took at the top with the lake in the background look photoshopped!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Would love to go again. Beauty like this makes you feel closer to a higher power. In my opinion it was more stunning than lake Louise.

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

What can you say about one of the most photographed lakes in the world? It's a beautiful spot with an excellent hotel and restaurant on the shore. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, but be aware that the area has quite a lot of grizzly activity and as such it is mandated that you hike in groups of 3... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I was lucky enough to visit Moraine Lake afew times during my year living in Canada, and was the most picturesque beautiful lake I have ever seen. The vibrant blue of the water with the enormous mountains in the backdrop its hard to fault the place. I didnt kayak on the lake (very expensive), but spent lots of time just... More 

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