This was our third trip to Moraine Lake and as we were celebrating a special anniversary we decided to stay at the lodge.
The staff were very friendly and attentive and in particular the UK contingent of students who were out for the summer gaining work experience, were excellent.
Accommodation was great, wooden cabins with a lovely quality finish to them. Not huge but perfect for the two of us. Being in the woods it allowed for a very comfortable and quiet sleep. The other benefit of staying on site was the fact that we had a parking space!
Whilst there we took advantage of the organised walks and joined Hannah in her hikes to Larch valley and Consolation Lake. Both were fabulous and although Larch valley is quite a hike, Hannah paced it really well for the mixed group that took part. She was an excellent guide,imparting lots of local information and wildlife knowledge enroute which made it even more enjoyable. In the evening after our meal, we attended the talk on birds, held in the library, something we wouldn't ordinarily do, but we found it very interesting and enjoyable and it added to the whole lodge stay experience.
The food at the lodge although appearing a little pricey, was actually on par to a decent meal out in the UK and the quality, presentation was great and very enjoyable. As was the breakfast selection.
The only comment would be that the Canadian restaurants focus heavily on alcohol consumption with a meal which is fine but on a three week vacation, eating out every night, it really isn't good to have a bottle of wine plus, every night! I would suggest they look into more interesting adult non alcoholic beverages not just coke or sprite or water. In Banff I helped a waitress to create a new, non alcoholic cocktail which she then put on the menu it was so good! Just a small thing but very noticeable.
in the past we have visited Moraine Lake from our Lake Louise accommodation but now we have discovered this place, I have no doubt we shall be back.
Moraine Lake is a busy place but by staying on site after about 4:30pm all the coach tours have been and gone. Also they only stay for a short period of time and therefore, do not have time to attend the bigger walks and so once you set off, within minutes you are away from the hustle and bustle. Having said that though, if I could only visit this spectacular place the once and on a coach tour, then it would still visit as it is one of those locations not to miss when touring the Rockies.
Thank you to all the staff at Moraine Lake Lodge who helped make our stay a very special and memorable one.
We hope to come back soon.