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Review of Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff
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Owner description: This beautiful lake nestled in the mountains is best known for its appearance on the back of the Canadian dollar bill.
Edmonton, Alberta
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2013

This lake is absolutely beautiful in the summer or winter. There are nice hikes to on (watch out for bear warnings in the spring and summer) and canoes that you can rent. There is also a concession with food and drinks as well as a gift shop.

Visited March 2012
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Canmore, Canada
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

I was here in the summer and the fall, amazing any time of year! It's too bad the road is closed over the winter though. :(
Great hike along the lake in the summer. LOVE this place!

Visited September 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“a must see”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

this is a must see! once there you will recognized it from all the photographs you see...definately put this on your places to visit while in the Canadian Rockies and do the short hike to the top of the rocks and take lots of photos maybe even a video and no one will believe they are real photos!

Visited September 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Favorite Lake in Canadian Rockies!!!”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

I visit this Lake on a regular basis. 5 to 10 times a year. It is one of the magical places in the Rockies. No matter the time of year it is always special. Saw that it was rated one of the worlds top 10 places to see on Trip Advisor. Thought I would share a photo taken in late May. Road is closed during Winter and this a Spring photo, before the ice melts.

Visited May 2012
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Vernon, Canada
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“One of the most famous views in the Canadian Rockies”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

We have been here numerous times over the years. This is one of the most scenic lakes to view in the Canadian Rockies. The really tough part about seeing this lake is the time of day. If you go first thing in the morning, there is hardly anyone there, however, the water is not the beautiful color you see in the pictures. To see that color you need to be there mid day and unfortunately that is the busiest time for this lake! The parking lot is always full in the afternoon, in fact it is so full, often you have to park at the side of the road if you are lucky enough to find a spot. Parks Canada doesn't like people parking on the side of the road.
Your best bet in seeing this attraction is to come mid morning and plan on staying for a while. There is a restaurant and hotel here with gift shop, so you can get a meal. There are trails around the lake as well, but as soon as the trails leave the lake, you have to be in groups of four or six (depends upon animal sightings - check with Parks Canada).
There is a great mound of rock at the top of the lake (this is where all the famous pictures are taken), There is great debate amongst geologists on how this mound got there, but for us, it is a great climb and easy to do. In fact Parks Canada revamped all the trails and steps in 2010 I believe.

Visited August 2012
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