About Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Situated in the Valley of Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake, at an elevation of 1885m. The deep blue shade is due to rock silt deposited into the Lake due to melting glaciers.
What to do at Moraine Lake ?
Things to do at the Lake
Enjoy the extraordinary beautiful scenery & hike the rockpile trail for a wholesome view.
Walk around the Lake shore trail around the Lake’s edge to the canoe launch and appreciate the rugged grandeur of Mount Fay and the Fay Glacier.
Canoe or Hike in summer and cross country ski in winter .
See the Lake decked in autumn colours in early fall (September).
Fish at the lake from June 29 -to- October 31. National park fishing license required. For regulations, see Alberta fishing guide.
Revel in the spectacular larch valley during Fall.
Moraine Lake Hiking trails
1. Moraine Lakeshore
An easy 1.5 km trail with no elevation gain follows the Lake shore. Trail Head is near Moraine Lake Lodge.
This easy hike of 2.9 km(one way) takes you to the subalpine lake named Consolation Lakes. Enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Temple, Mounts Bident and Quandra Glacier across the valley.Trail head is near the Moraine Lake parking lot.
3. Eiffel Lake
A moderate hike which goes to the Lake with a the Valley of the Ten Peaks as the back ground, is about 5.6km long with an elevation gain 370 m. Trail Head is near Moraine Lake Lodge.
4. Larch Valley
A must do hike, which takes around 4 hours, during the Autumn season to see the breathtaking golden hue of Larch trees in the valley is about 4.3 km with 535m elevation gain.Trail Head is near Moraine Lake Lodge.
5. Sentinel Pass
Rated difficult, this 5.8 km (one way) hike takes one to the stunning view point of Larch and Paradise Valley and climbing an elevation of 725 m.Trail Head is near Moraine Lake Lodge.
6. Wenkchemna Pass
With an elevation gain of 720 m and distance of 9.7km (one way), this trail takes one to Wenkchemma Pass on the Continental Divide.Trail Head is near Moraine Lake Lodge
Moraine Lake trails have group access restriction during bear activity months. So check Parks Canada regulations before hiking.
Moraine Lake in winter
The Lake is mostly frozen till May (depends on weather) . The Lake road is closed to traffic.
Cross country ski in winter along the Moraine Lake road to the Lake at this popular destination.
Who all can go to the Lake ? – Everybody.
When to go to Moraine Lake ?
From late spring to early fall.
Moraine Lake Closure – Is Moraine Lake Open?
From early fall to late spring the Moraine Lake road is closed due to snow (exact date is weather dependent, usually from mid of October to late week of May/first week of June ) ; during winter, the road is used for cross country skiing.
2017 -18 Closure: October 10, 2017 to May 22, 2018 (dates may vary)
Canoe dock : 10:00AM to 6:00PM , daily, during the tourist season
How long will it take to see the Lake?
Depending on interest, one hour to four hour (not counting difficult hikes)
Canoeing : one to one and a half hours.
How to get to Moraine Lake ?
Moraine Lake Location/directions
Lake Louise to Moraine Lake
From the parking lot, go to Lake Louise Drive, turn right onto Moraine Lake Rd, the Moraine Lake is about 12.2 km from the start of the Lake road.
Turn the exit towards onto Bow Valley Pkwy from Trans Canada Highway /AB1 W. Turning left to Bow Valley Parkway and merge on to Lake Louise drive. Turn left onto Moraine Lake drive.
Travel south on Ice fields Parkway, take the AB1 east exit and travel on Trans Canada Highway towards Calgary. Take the exit towards onto Bow Valley Pkwy. Turn right to Lake Louise drive. Turn left onto Moraine Lake drive.
One can also use complimentary hotel shuttles to reach the lake.
Parks Canada offers free shuttle service from the Lake Louise Overflow Parking Lot to the Lake Parking Lot during the Lake Louise Fall Festival – view the golden colours of larches.(September 11 to October 9, 2017). If you are driving trailers and RVs consider parking/dropping off trailer at the overflow parking lot.
During the height of tourist season (July to September 1st week) , there will be delays, diversions and traffic congestions and almost no parking (lots always full)!
- Parks Canada offers free shuttle to Lake Louise (not to Moraine Lake), Daily from May 19 to September 10, 2017. You can park at Village of Lake Louise and get paid shuttle offered by Mountain Park Transportation (403-522-2525).
- Schedule of free shuttle to Lake Louise from overflow parking area: Every 15 minutes from 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM to Lake Louise and every 15 minutes from 09:00 AM to 06:15 PM from Lake Louise to overflow parking area.
How much do Moraine Lake visit cost?
Free with Banff National Park Admission (which is free for 2017)
Canoe rental ~$60 for an hour from Moraine Lake Lodge.
What about Amenities, accessibility & parking?
Gift shops & Snack bar at the Moraine Lake Lodge.
Stroller/Wheel chair accessible, but there might be small rocks on the way.
No camp site in the immediate vicinity. But, the Moraine Lake Lodge is situated right on the Lake edge.