Moraine Lake

A scenic paved road to Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 1.885m (6,183ft) above the sea level, located in Alberta, near the British Columbia border, in Canada. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

Can you drive to Moraine Lake?

Located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies and ringed by high peaks, the road to the lake is totally paved. It’s called Lake Louise Drive. The views are stunning and the drive is extremely scenic. The lake is one of the most photographed spots in Canada. It’s a key area for grizzly bears in Banff National Park: Prepare - carry bear spray & know how to handle an encounter; Be aware - slow down, look ahead & watch for tracks, droppings, and diggings; Let bears know you’re there - travel in a group & make noise.

How long is the road to Moraine Lake?

The road ends in a parking lot near the lake. Starting from Lake Louise, the winding road is 14.3 km (8.88 miles) long.  The road can be very busy during the summer and in late September.

Is the road to Moraine Lake open?

The road to the lake is closed during the winter (open mid-June through mid-October) due to heavy snowfall and high avalanche risk. This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed driveway in innumerable twists and turns. The lake is only half the size of its nearby neighbour Lake Louise, but perhaps even more scenic. When the road first opens in late May or early June don’t expect to see the turquoise glacier water that Moraine Lake is famous for. The lake does not start to thaw until June, the water level usually crests by late June.

 

 

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