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Getting to Moraine Lake
There are a number of ways to get to Moraine Lake but if you don't have a car you will need to take a tour company or, better yet, the Greyhound bus. There is a Greyhound terminal right next to Banff station which is a short 10 or 15 minute walk from the centre of Banff. The bus fare is cheap and there are a number of departures.
The Greyhound bus will stop at Lake Louise village. Moraine Lake is 14 kilometres from Lake Louise village. So how do you get there? You can either walk down Moraine Lake Road for 14 kilometres - but be warned there is no footpath and you will be walking down the highway shoulder - or you can cycle there. Rent a bike from Wilson's bikes; they will map it out for you if you need assistance. The bikes will run you $40 for the whole day
It can take quite a long time by bike if you are not used to cycling. The trip is uphill a good deal of the way there, so you will need to either take breaks or be prepared to go slowly. If you are a frequent rider, then you will have no problems as the slope is not very steep. There is a smooth ride down to Moraine Lake.
The way back is very quick as you can just roll down the hill you cycled up. Allow for less than half the time to get down.
What to do at Moraine Lake
Hopefully you will get a sunny day and can see the reflections of surrounding peaks in the water, which is a vivid shade of turquoise because of glacial "rock flour" (tiny particles) suspended in the water. You can just stop and gaze at it for hours. There's also a cafe by the lake, kayaking, and hiking. Rent a kayak, head out on the lake and enjoy paddling around for a few hours.
How long to allow
How long is a piece of string? Moraine Lake is one of the most stunning lakes in the Canadian Rockies, if not the world, and should be enjoyed to its fullest. Allow as much time as possible and more time here than Lake Louise, Bow Lake or Peyto Lake.