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FAQ About Moraine Lake

Why does Moraine Lake Close?

The road closes to Moraine Lake because of heavy snowfall and operations close down at Moraine Lodge. The 13 km road from the main road turn off to Moraine Lake is subject to avalanche activity in areas and turns into an 11km cross-country route.

When does Moraine Lake road close and reopen?

The road to Moraine Lake is closed during the winter months from mid-October and opens late May to Mid June. Much depends on the snowfall the area receives.

Can you drive to Moraine Lake?

Yes, you can when the road is open during the summer months. Parking is limited, and the National Park at the main turn off to the 13km drive has park employees limiting traffic to Moraine Lake. The National Park has created an overflow parking area many kilometers away and bus visitors to the park. It is no longer a convenient trip to Moraine Lake if you cannot drive and park directly at Moraine Lake.

How far is Moraine Lake from Banff?

It is 46 km from Banff to Moraine Lake.

Can you get married at Moraine Lake?

Yes, you can get married at Moraine Lake. You will require a commissioner and another witness. I have often acted as a witness to weddings with elopement weddings. For weddings over two persons, you have a guest of yours sign the Alberta license.

Is there cell phone reception at Moraine Lake?

No, there is no cellphone reception. This is fantastic for Bride and Grooms wanting a wedding or elopement to be an intimate experience.

How do you elope in Banff?

To elope in Banff National Park, you will need to contact the Town Of Banff for a special National Park permit.

Can you get married in Banff National Park?

Yes, you can get married in Banff National Park. Contact the Town of Banff for up to date documentation required.

Which is better, Lake Louise or Moraine Lake?

Both Moraine and Lake Louise Lakes are fed by glaciers and offer the stunning turquoise color. The main difference is the size of the two lakes and the mountains around the lake. Moraine Lake has a path that goes up to the pile of rocks, giving a vantage point that is the difference to Lake Louise. The Valley Of The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake is dramatic, and the lake being smaller is stunning. Both Moraine Lake and Lake Louise are absolutely gorgeous yet very different from each other.

Are there any fish in Moraine Lake?

Yes, there are fish at Moraine Lake. The fish at Moraine Lake are Rainbow Trout, Brook trout, Mountain whitefish, Brown Trout, and Lake whitefish.

Can you fish in Moraine Lake?

No fishing is permitted at Moraine Lake.

What is the elevation of Moraine Lake?

The elevation of Moraine Lake is 1884 m

How deep is Moraine Lake?

The depth of Moraine Lake is 14 m

Can I swim at Moraine Lake?

No swimming is permitted at Moraine Lake.

Can I canoe and kayak on Moraine Lake?

Yes, you can bring your canoe or kayak to Moraine Lake, but like many, and if not all, lakes and rivers in the National Park, there is no public boat launch locations.

Can I visit both Lake Louise and Moraine Lake on the same day?

Yes, you can. The two locations are a 20-minute drive (parking restrictions enforced) from each other, so yes, you can but allow for a full day to enjoy both areas fully if you would love to hike and canoe.