North America, Canada
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains in Canada is surely one of the most beautiful and tranquil lakes in the entire world. With a surface area of 5km the glacier-fed lake is a stunning turquoise colour and with surroundings of forests and mountains it is no surprise that it is one of the most photographed places in Canada.
Should you get bored of simply staring awestruck at the lake then there are other activities available. The lake is popular for fishing, hiking and canoeing in the summer period and it is also possible to take a helicopter tour in order to see this stunning area from above. The hiking trails are numerous and range from easy and gentle hikes to more challenging options. One of the most popular trails is up to the Rockpile from where there are fantastic views overlooking the lake. Indeed the view from this spot is so beautiful that it actually featured on the Canadian twenty dollar bill from 1969 to 1979. When hiking, keep an eye out for the numerous wildlife species in the area including pikas, marmots and squirrels. There are also a couple of grizzly bears in the park which can occasionally lead to some hiking trails being closed.
Moraine Lake Lodge is the only accommodation actually inside the park but there are many other options either in Banff or in Lake Louise. If you are able and willing to splash the cash, however, Moraine Lake Lodge provides incredibly beautiful accommodation, be it a room in the main lodge or your own private cabin. If staying here is out of your reach then we still recommend booking a table at their Wilcox Dining Room where gourmet food and stunning lakeside views are available. Marine Lake Lodge is open from June to October.
The road to Moraine Lake will, at some point, be closed for the winter. When this happens the only way to access the area is to cross country ski along the 12km access road. Unless you are a keen skier we therefore recommend visiting during the summer months from June to mid-October when it is possible to drive to the park and when a public shuttle bus travels between Moraine Lake and the nearby Lake Louise stopping at a number of accommodations on the way.
|Type of Activity:||Nature|
|Activity:||Rivers & Lakes|
|Address:||Banff National Park|