Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

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Part of a critical habitat for Canada's grizzlies, Moraine Lake offers several hiking trails with inspiring views of the snow-capped Valley of the Ten Peaks. If the area around the glacier-fed lake looks familiar, that's probably because you've seen it on the back of the country's 20 dollar bill. In June the lake reaches its highest level and reflects a distinct blue shade, caused by deposits of fine-grained rock particles. To stay safe in this "bear country," hike in a group and carry plenty of bear spray. Take the guesswork out of planning a Banff National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Went in early June and the lake was mostly still frozen so we could walk on it. Arrived at 5am for the 5:30 sunrise. It was spectacular. The mountain tops were drenched in golden light. Because... 
    Went in early June and the lake was mostly still frozen so we could walk on it. Arrived at 5am for the 5:30 sunrise. It was spectacular. The mountain tops were drenched in golden light. Because...  more »
  • Visited the lake for a sunrise photo shoot. We arrived at 4:30 AM and the parking lot was 90% full. Once the lot is full, it appears closed for the rest of the day and the only way to get there is.....  more
    Visited the lake for a sunrise photo shoot. We arrived at 4:30 AM and the parking lot was 90% full. Once the lot is full, it appears closed for the rest of the day and the only way to get there is.....  more »
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  • never seen a lake more beautiful that this one, the color is unique
  • Get there early. Huge crowds. Parking lot full by 630AM.

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