Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail

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Banff National Park

Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail is a 2.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.9 km Elevation Gain: 162 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

paved

views

Seasonal closures and restrictions apply to this trail. Please check ahead before setting out for the hike.

13 days ago

Very beautiful scenery

22 days ago

Gorgeous views worth beating the crowd for.

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1 month ago

Super easy hike, when we went there was hardly anyone there. The views were amazing. Definitely worth it.

2 months ago

Easy hike with a huge payoff. The scenery cannot be beat and is worth suffering through the crowds.

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4 months ago

Truthfully you can’t beat the views of Moraine Lake. We completed this on a busy day in late July and this trail was traversed but not overcrowded. If you walk all the way to the end you will be rewarded with a small waterfall and the opposite view of the lake. Much more of a stroll, but perfect for all ages.

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7 months ago

Completed this trail late last week and really enjoyed it! Quite slippy and icy but definitely doable without cleats. Feels longer than it is, but maybe that’s because we stopped so much to take in the beautiful scenery and take photos. Quite busy but not too much so that is was unenjoyable. A great trail that is accessible for beginners and children.

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7 months ago

Easy hike through the snow. Views at the end of the lake were beautiful!

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7 months ago

Worth it if you can get there. We were able to drive up after 4pm. We got very lucky and there were a few parking spots left. It is an amazing smaller experience compared to Lake Louise. If you don't like crowds and can arrive early like 6am or late like 4:30pm then give it a go. Go get a cocktail at the Post Hotel if you need to kill time. Expensive but worth it.

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8 months ago

Lots of people have trampled along this shore. Damage to the trees and plants is obvious. After leaving the lodge area and picture taking area near the Rock Pile the trail turns into what is left after a stampede.

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8 months ago

Fairly easy trail - watch for tree roots along the way. Beautiful views. Takes you to the runoff from the Fey glacier. Worthwhile.

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8 months ago

Excellent short trail to the glacial stream near the end of the lake, great views of the glacier towards the end.

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8 months ago

Hiked Sept 6, 2019. Left Calgary at 3:15am and got the second last parking spot. Easy walk halfway around the lake, so beautiful.

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8 months ago

Trail is amazing. Lucky we got into Parking. Though with very busy was still able to see and walk not running into people. Very quick & easy for all ages. Theirs other trails you can go also. The was Rentals was to go around lake. Beautiful Sentry, worth the trip every time.

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8 months ago

Nice and gets you away from the people at the beginning!

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8 months ago

Got there at 5:30 AM and there were only about a dozen spots left. Ranger said we were lucky, it’s normally full by that time. Great view.

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9 months ago

Incredible views of Lake Moraine. Get there very early if you drive in during summer months and experience day break as the lake changes colours with sunrise. Almost like a post card. In early Aug 2019, arrived at 4:30am and parking was already half full. Road closes for traffic after 8-9am and access is limited to shuttle buses. There are a few nice tails that start at the base - easy to moderate. Plan on all day trekking! The tail was an easy walk and well worth the visit.

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9 months ago

Beautiful lake views. Easy. Fun little hike.

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9 months ago

Hiking with family Lake Moraine Banff

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9 months ago

Great trail along the lake. Bring a lunch and find a nice spot to eat while enjoying the view.

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9 months ago

Super easy trail alongside Moraine Lake. Definitely a leisurely hike--take your time, sit on a rock, and just be amazed by the lake in front of you. I recommend this trail as a way to kill time if you're waiting for the canoe rental at 9am.

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9 months ago

Got here at 3:30pm and the lot was open. Yay! Nice stroller with husband and 4 month old in a carrier. Very doable and lovely. Once you get maybe .4 miles in the crowds go away.

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9 months ago

Didn’t get to hike after three tries this week, lot full every time no matter what time of day tried. Later morning and early afternoon shuttle service sold out all day every time we tried. Go at 530am or don’t go. Edit: made it on our forth try by arriving at 0525 and got one of the last spots in the lot. It’s gorgeous but Louise and Peyto are much better hike (Louise) and Scenery (Peyto).

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muddy
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Really beautiful trail. I’m glad we got to experience it, but it was way more difficult to access than I expected. I definitely recommend getting an early start. We got to the parking areas around 9AM. Everything was full, we parked at the park and ride and had to wait in line for the shuttle to lake Louise for an hour. We got to lake Louise around 1130 and had to purchase tickets for the shuttle to Moraine. They were preselling the tickets so the next available time was 2PM. It ended up working out for us because it gave us time to hike the Lake Agnes trail. However, just something for others to keep in mind And we even went on a weekday.

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9 months ago

This is a must if you are okay with getting up at the crack of dawn! We got to the parking lot at 5:30am and we got the second to last parking spot, no joke. The easy trail gives you amazing different views of the lake that you can't get anywhere else. Well worth the early start.

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9 months ago

Tried to hike this 3 different times. Once at 645 am. Tried at 1:30 pm and again at 5:30 pm. The lot is always full. The bus ride line was too long. We opted out. I don’t think there is anything prettier than Peyto lake on Icefields parkway.

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9 months ago

So beautiful with every turn and changes with every shift of the clouds and sun

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9 months ago

Easy walk along a beautiful lake to the rush of a waterfall.

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9 months ago

Absolutely stunning!

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9 months ago

So incredibly gorgeous!! This is a very very easy walk and a photographer's dream trail :)

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