Lake Moraine – Banff National Park

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Moraine Lake is one of the most photographed lakes in all of Canada. It’s situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks in the Lake Louise area of Banff National Park. The scenery is absolutely incredible, and the color of the lake is more vibrant than any other glacier fed lake I’ve seen. Depending on the time of day you’re there, the lake varies from a glacial blue to a glacial aqua in color, either way it’s stunning!

Several great hikes take off from this area, but beware that it’s required to have at least 4 people on most of these trails because there is often lots of bears in the area. Most people wait for additional parties to come along, and ask to join their group if they’re lacking the right amount of people.

If you’re not into hiking, the scenery is still remarkable from the parking lot. There is a small hill of rocks that most people climb called the Rockpile Trail, it’s 300 meters long and it only gains 79 feet of elevation. From the top of the rock pile, Lake Moraine stretches away from you to the end of the Valley of Ten Peaks.

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Update: I uploaded new photos and tips to this post as of June 20, 2017. The original photos on this post were on an old cropped sensor 12 megapixel camera, and I was so excited to take my new camera set up to Moraine Lake and try to do it some justice!

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

As you can see from this photo, the color of the lake changes even depending on the angle you’re looking at it. This angle is the true color of Moraine Lake. The other photos in this post have some of the blue sky reflected in the lake making it more on the blue side rather than an aqua/teal color.

I love taking photos at both sunrise and sunset at Moraine Lake. It would seem this lake is photogenic in all it’s moods. The last 3 photos in this post were taken in the evening after the sun went down and it had just stopped raining. We sat at the top of the Rockpile Trail and watched the night come in.

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

The next morning we woke up before dawn hoping for some better weather…

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

… and started up the Rockpile Trail again.

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

The sun broke over the peaks, and the light was so gorgeous I started running for the top. I paused just for a moment to turn and snap this photo of Tyler calmly walking to the top.

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

After a really spectacular morning photographing as the light changed…

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

… we headed back down just as the crowds descended to make coffee in the parking lot.

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

And from there, it was on to another day of adventuring in some of the most gorgeous scenery on Earth!

13 Comments on “Lake Moraine – Banff National Park”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing. The photos are beautiful! I now have it on my bucket list of places to visit. I’m curious. You said you bought a new camera. What camera type took those pictures you just posted in June? They are amazing and you definitely have an “eye” for taking pictures.

    Sharon, a New Englander from Massachusetts

    1. Thanks so much, I really appreciate it! I took these photos with a 5D Mark3 and a 16-35 lens. I hope you get to go sometime, the scenery in Banff, (especially Moraine Lake) is so incredible!

    1. The photos in this post were taken from the Rock Pile Trail, it’s more of a walk really but it does give you some nice views of the lake! From the parking lot you walk to the lake and the trail begins on your left, you’ll see a heap of rocks and the trail just leads to the top of it for this view. I hope you get to go there sometime, the scenery is really spectacular!

    1. I would love to go back!!! Just wait until you see some of our adventures further north in the Canadian Icefields – you’ll want to go there as well!

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