Lake Louise Vacations: Lake Moraine

If you’ve come to the Canadian Rockies to visit Lake Louise on your vacation, it’s a pretty sure bet you’re going to spend some time exploring Lake Louise itself. But once you’ve had your fill of this amazing place in the Rockies, you should be sure to check out other areas, including Lake Moraine, adjacent to Lake Louise.

Moraine Lake is a Lake Louise area must see.

In a lot of ways, it’s just as fun and beautiful as Lake Louise.

Less known, of course, doesn’t always mean unknown, and in the case of Lake Moraine, that’s certainly the case. There are times when the lake draws a lively crowd of fellow hiking enthusiasts. Notably, as the morning progresses, more and more people tend to come to the area.

Still, it’s worth seeing, and is easily one of the best places to get some classic Canadian Rockies photos.

When you get there, you’ll want to jump on the Rockpike interpretive trail to get going. It’s an easy climb, not very high at all – it is only a pile of rocks, after all – but the view you get of the lake and of the Valley of the Ten Peaks is breathtaking.

If you came in hopes of seeing wildlife, keep an eye out for golden-mantled ground squirrel, chipmunk, pika (a rabbit relative found only in the high mountains) and marmot (a brawnier version of a squirrel, basically).

You’ll also find the Moraine Lake Lodge which has food to fill you up after the long hike, and a little gift shop where you can grab any keepsakes from the area that might interest you. Above the lodge, you’ll see Mt. Temple, the third-highest peak in Banff National Park, at 3,549 meters (11,636 feet).

There are actually a few other hiking trails all around Moraine Lake. One follows the right bank of the lake; another takes you along a short distance to Consolation Lakes. Both of these short hikes are well worth your time.

Other, longer trails also begin at the lake, such as the trail that leads to Eiffel Lake and another that leads to the scenic Larch Valley/Sentinel Pass. We can’t promise they’ll be open, however, and even if they are, they may have a warning on them.

Why? Well, in the past few years, a young male grizzly bear has made his home in the Moraine Lake area.

Don’t worry; bear sightings are quite rare at the lake itself. But if you’re curious about him, or about bears in general, be sure to catch the Parks Canada interpretive show at the Lake Louise Campground Theatre. There are also many books available for sale.


Canadian Rockies Lodges & Inns

Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Get great deals on lodging in our newly renovated rooms & cabins surrounded by Jasper scenery.

Johnston Canyon
The Johnston Canyon Resort is the best way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies in beautiful Alberta.

Mount Robson Inn
A Jasper hotel offering family friendly accommodations in the Canadian Rockies with landscapes that will capture your heart.

Mountaineer Lodge
Comfortable lodge located in Lake Louise, nestled in a pine forest with tremendous views of Mount Temple and its summit glacier.


Canadian Rockies Activities

Banff Backpacking & Mountaineering
We are the premier provider of trekking, mountaineering, and rock climbing in the Canadian Rockies.

Banff ATV Tours & Zipling
Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies on an ATV Tour. Or have fun Ziplining in Banff, Alberta!

Winter Icewalk Tours
in Jasper, Alberta

Join us on the three-hour Maligne Canyon Icewalk, where you will discover frozen waterfalls & elaborate ice caves!

Whitewater Rafting in Jasper, Alberta
Raft the exciting Sunwapta or the Athabasca River, or try the Fraser River in B.C. Raft Jasper!

Raft the Kicking Horse
in Banff, Alberta

The Kicking Horse River is one of the best
known for rafting tours...

White Water Rafting in
the Canadian Rockies

Experience whitewater adventure in the Canadian Rockies...

Golf Banff
Golf Jasper
The best & most beautiful golf courses in the Canadian Rockies...

Canadian Rockies
Golf Guide

Golf BC, Jasper, Banff and the beautiful Canadian Rockies....