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Moraine Lake Lakeshore Trail

Banff National Park

Stroll along the tranquil shore of Moraine Lake

Hiking Easy

2.8 km
47 m
47 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
1.9 km
Moraine Lake Lakeshore Trail Map

Once you’ve captured the obligatory photo at the front of Moraine Lake, you can escape the brunt of the crowds by venturing onto the Lakeshore Trail. You aren’t likely to have it all to yourself, but the little bit of walking is enough to keep the majority of people away. The trail is mostly level and smooth as it wanders through the forest at the edge of the lake. Gaps in the trees reveal new perspectives on the water and surrounding peaks as you go along. At the very end of the trail, a boardwalk leads to the river that feeds the lake. You can dip your hand in the ice-cold meltwater running freshly from the glaciers.




Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between May and October


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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