Moraine Lake is a stunning glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park, surrounded by hiking trails and local wildlife. It’s close to the hotels in the village of Lake Louise and is a beautiful and distinctive shade of blue in the summer months.
Where to Stay near Moraine Lake
The best choice of accommodation near Moraine Lake is in Lake Louise, although you could easily drive to the lake from Banff, Canmore or one of the mountainside hostels or resorts. Lake Louise has a good selection of lodges and hotels and you’ll also find budget hostels nearby. Moraine Lake is just a 14km drive away. If you don’t have access to a car, a shuttle bus leaves several times a day from selected hotels and inns in the village, and taxis are available too.
What to Do at Moraine Lake
Moraine Lake is often referred to as ‘the lake with the twenty dollar view,’ because it used to appear on the back of the Canadian $20 bill. When you see it for yourself you’ll understand why. The lake is situated in the Valley of Ten Peaks in Banff National Park at an elevation of 1885m (6,183) feet, and when it’s full in mid-late June it develops a jaw-dropping blue colour. This is caused by the glacial rock flour, or silt, in the lake.
To find the best views of Moraine Lake, follow one of the walking trails that surround it. The Rockpile Trail is a gentle 300m long walk with lovely views of the lake from above; and if you fancy stretching your legs a bit more, take the 3km (1.9m) Consolation Lakes Trail. With any luck you’ll see some of the local wildlife – pikas, marmots, squirrels, chipmunks and birds all frequent the area. Several longer trails also start nearby. Or for a different experience, you can also rent a canoe and experience Moraine Lake from out on the water.
If you’re planning a holiday in Banff National Park, look for accommodation near Moraine Lake to be close to one of Canada’s most iconic views.