Travelling from Australia, choosing Moraine Lake over Lake Louise was difficult but as avoidance of large crowds was a main criterion, we both think we might the right choice, having visited both. Access is by car, about 15 minutes off the Trans-Canada Highway, and a beautiful drive. The Lodge is a charming timber built structure, with a few rooms inside (we were in one of these), whilst most visitors stay on the adjacent modern cabins. The views from just about anywhere there are superb and Moraine Lake and its walks are a 'must' for anyone coming to the Banff region. The Lodge arranges evening talks by experts and guided walks - we took a 2-3 hour one to see the golden larches which were just coming into full splendour in early September. There's an excellent restaurant attached, and a cafe and boutique shop that is open to the public. Yes, the buses come here in numbers too, though nothing like as many as go to Lake Louise 15km away, but residents have their won quiet sitting room, afternoon tea, and as much peace and quiet as you want. It's an expensive place to stay but we thought of it as a special indulgence and enjoyed every minute of 5 days there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Moraine Lake is the iconic lake pictured on the old Canadian twenty dollar bill. Many visit Moraine Lake, the lucky ones stay at the only accommodation on the lake, Moraine Lake Lodge. Located in Banff National Park, 15 minutes away from Lake Louise, Moraine Lake is known as the Jewel of the Rockies. Steps from their rooms, guests staying at the lodge are treated to the stunning beauty and pristine splendor of the iridescent turquoise-coloured lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Each guest receives a complimentary package that includes guided hiking, naturalist presentations and canoeing on Moraine Lake. Moraine Lake Lodge is also renowned for its cuisine, with signature dishes such as buffalo carpacchio with roasted pine nuts and deer tenderloin with juniper berries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Moraine Lake Hotel Lake Louise