We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“One of the most beautiful lakes in the world”
Review of Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake
Book In Advance
More Info
$129.14*
and up
Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff
More Info
$83.45*
and up
Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch
More Info
$41.83*
and up
Hop-On and Hop-Off Banff Bus
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Lake Louise
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This beautiful lake nestled in the mountains is best known for its appearance on the back of the Canadian dollar bill.
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Moraine Lake must be one of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies. It is located in Banff National Park near Lake Louise at the end of the Moraine Lake Road. When visiting don't forget to walk up the rockpile for the best view of this beautiful lake. You can also walk along a path that follows the shoreline of the lake and you can rent a canoe here as well.

The colour is usually a beautiful turquois, but it depends a bit on the time of day and the light. ou might wonder how these lakes have such a colours. Well, here's a short explanation for that: These lakes are can thank their brilliant blue-green colour to the light filtering effect of rock flour (a powdery substance that the glaciers grind off the mountain rocks) in the glacial runoff (meltwater). The rock flour that is suspended in the water filters out much of the light spectrum except for blues and greens leaving this remarkable turquoise blue color.

The rock flour might also leave that milky look to the water. That's why each lake looks different and each lake might look different on the same day. For example, on a calm morning or evening, the lake might look like a mirror and the colours is barely visible. But on other times of the day the lake is blue. It all depends on the weather conditions and how much rock flour is present in the water.

8  Thank AnnInBC
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (4,322)
There are newer reviews for Moraine Lake
See the most recent reviews
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

3,156 - 3,160 of 4,322 reviews

Reviewed January 27, 2013

This lake is really beautiful, melted snow feeds the lake and its color is a lovely blue. You can walk around the lake, its lovely

1  Thank AbhijitRayNoida
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 25, 2013

I drove here from Banff even though I was visiting lake Louise at a latter time on my journey. I had checked the weather report that didn't look promising. It's best to go early in the day because sun behind you and it gets very crowded.

1  Thank dawgpound32
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Loved the situation of it - it seemed miles from nowhere but very beautiful. The lake itself appeared dark and mysterious and there are gorgeous walks to take around the lake. You must either have your own vehicle or take a trip that includes Moraine Lake.

3  Thank edmondsSELondon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 2, 2013

most beautiful part of banff national park, my home stomping grounds... ive lived all over the world.. by far, this is the most beautiful place ever

3  Thank jmewahine
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Moraine Lake also viewed

Lake Louise, Banff National Park
Lake Louise, Banff National Park
 
Banff, Banff National Park
Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies
 

Been to Moraine Lake? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing