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MORAINE LAKE SUNRISE SHUTTLE

Frequently Asked Questions

MORAINE LAKE

Welcome to our comprehensive FAQ page!

Your ultimate guide to everything you need to know about visiting Moraine Lake in Banff, Canada! Whether you’re planning your first trip to this iconic destination or are a seasoned explorer looking to discover more hidden gems, we’ve gathered all the essential information, tips, and insights to ensure your visit to Moraine Lake is nothing short of unforgettable.

GENERAL FAQ

Answer: The best time to visit Moraine Lake is undoubtedly at sunrise. The early morning hours offer a surreal and tranquil ambiance, with the soft light casting a mesmerizing glow over the turquoise waters and surrounding peaks. To make the most of your experience, we recommend arriving at Moraine Lake before sunrise to witness the breathtaking beauty of nature unfold before your eyes. 

As of 2023, Moraine Lake Road is closed to personal vehicles year round. You cannot drive to nor park your own vehicle at Moraine Lake. This was done to combat extremely high traffic and congestion and to make the visiting experience better.

Our Moraine Lake Sunrise shuttle is one of the few commercially licensed shuttles that can bring you to Moraine Lake. We are one of the only shuttles that brings you there at the best time: sunrise.

You can not drive to Moraine Lake. The only way to access the lake is by shuttle.

The best way to get to Moraine Lake is by taking the Moraine Lake Sunrise Shuttle. You can easily book your spot online through morainelakesunriseshuttle.com.

Parks Canada shuttles and other commercial operators can also bring you to Moraine Lake.

 Moraine Lake serves as a gateway to some incredible hiking trails. One popular option is the Rockpile Trail, which offers a short but rewarding hike to an elevated viewpoint overlooking the iconic lake. There is also the Lakeshore trail that is an easy hike that meanders along the shoreline to the back end of Moraine Lake. These trails are achievable within the 2 hours of our tours.

For more adventurous hikers, the Larch Valley-Sentinel Pass Trail and the Consolation Lakes Trail are excellent choices, showcasing stunning vistas and abundant natural beauty. Since these hikes takes longer than the 2 hours we stay at Moraine Lake, we suggest visiting www.morainelakeshuttle.ca for a list of other providers offering flexible return times.

To fully appreciate the serene beauty and engage in some light hiking, we recommend allocating at least 2 hours. This is the amount of time we give you on our Sunrise Shuttle Tours. 

We arrive 45 minutes before sunrise and booking times vary based on this arrival timing. You will have 2 hours to enjoy the lake and it’s surroundings. Plenty of time to set up your camera or find the perfect spot to take in one of the world’s most beautiful sunrises before we head out. Our shuttle will be waiting in the parking lot and guests are welcome to board any time prior to departing Moraine Lake..

Certainly! Our Dual Lakes Sunrise Tour offers 2 hours for sunrise at Moraine Lake followed by 2 hours at Lake Louise.

Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are relatively close to each other, with a distance of approximately 14 kilometers (8.7 miles). The drive between the two lakes takes around 20-30 minutes, making it convenient to visit both on the same day if desired.

To witness the breathtaking Moraine Lake sunrise, we recommend arriving at least 30 to 45 minutes before sunrise time. Our shuttle arrives 45 minutes before sunrise to allow you to find a good spot, set up your camera, and fully immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance before the sun starts to ascend over the peaks.

If you wish to be transported to Moraine Lake, the answer is yes.  If you’re willing to self-propel your journey, hiking or biking into Moraine Lake is permitted and free.

Our ticket price for the Moraine Lake Sunrise Tour is $95, which includes a round trip ticket to Moraine Lake then back to your pickup/drop off point. We have headlamps, blankets and complimentary hot beverages to take with you to the lake. 

Our ticket price for the Dual Lakes Sunrise Tour is $175, which includes a round trip ticket to Moraine Lake for sunrise and a 2 hour visit to Lake Louise. This tour includes a boxed breakfast prepared by Canmore’s Take A Hike Market, headlamps, blankets and complimentary hot beverages to take with you to the lake. 

Yes, you will need a valid Park Pass to enter Banff National Park, wherein Moraine Lake and Lake Louise reside.

You can purchase your National Park Pass ahead of time at Banff Lake Louise Tourism.

Our ticket price for the Moraine Lake Sunrise Tour is $95, which includes a round trip ticket to Moraine Lake then back to your pickup/drop off point. We have headlamps, blankets and complimentary hot beverages to take with you to the lake.

Our ticket price for the Dual Lakes Sunrise Tour is $175, which includes a round trip ticket to Moraine Lake for sunrise and a 2 hour visit to Lake Louise. This tour includes a boxed breakfast prepared by Canmore’s Take A Hike Market, headlamps, blankets and complimentary hot beverages to take with you to the lake. 

While both sunrise and sunset at Moraine Lake offer stunning views and unique experiences, many visitors find sunrise to be particularly special. The serene atmosphere, the play of light on the turquoise waters, and the peaceful surroundings make sunrise an unforgettable moment.

The Moraine Lake Sunrise Shuttle ensures you don’t miss this magical time of day and can make the most of your visit to this iconic location.

For FAQ’s specific to Moraine Lake Sunrise Shuttle go here

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Fun Facts about Moraine Lake

THe Lake with The $20 View

From 1969 – 1979, Canada featured Moraine Lake and the Valley of The Ten Peaks on the country’s $20 bill. These bills are now quite rare, and coveted by locals.

Happiest Half-Hour of A Life

After naming Moraine Lake, Walter Wilcox stated that his time spent contemplating the view was the “happiest half-hour of my life”.

Canada's Oldest
Park

Moraine Lake resides in Banff National Park,  a jewel of the Canadian Rockies. Banff is the oldest National Park in Canada, having welcomed visitors from across the globe since its establishment in 1885.

ten 10,000 Footers

The beautiful turquoise water of Maligne Lake is accentuated by the landscape it reflects off its glassy surface – 10 majestic rocky mountain peaks, all over 10,000 feet tall.  Moraine Lake and these 10 mountains make up what is known as the “Valley of the 10 Peaks”.

The 10 peaks are:

Deltaform Mountain – 3,424 meters / 11,234 feet

Mount Allen – 3,310 meters / 10,860 feet

Mount Tuzo – 3,246 meters / 10,650 feet

Mount Fay – 3,235 meters / 10,613 feet

Neptuak Mountain – 3,233 meters / 10,607 feet

Wenkchemna Peak – 3,170 meters / 10,401 feet

Mount Little – 3,088 meters / 10,131 feet

Mount Bowlen – 3,072 meters / 10,079 feet

Tonsa – 3,057 meters / 10,030 feet

Mount Perren – 3,051 meters / 10,010 feet

Sunrise Shuttle

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Book soon

Moraine Lake road is open for a limited time of the year, from the beginning of June until mid October. Spots on the shuttle are limited, so booking as soon as you have your travel dates are highly encouraged.

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Be Ready to Go

Our pick-up times are meticulously planned to make sure we get you to Moraine Lake 45 minutes before sunrise. Ensure you are at your pickup location 5 minutes before departure to ensure smooth operation. 

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Charge Your Camera

If you’re planning on shooting any photos, make sure all your camera batteries and cell phones are fully charged. Pro tip- double-check you have your memory card before you get on your sunrise shuttle!

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Dress in Layers

Moraine Lake can be chilly at sunrise. We highly recommend being prepared with a warm jacket, toque and gloves. Closed-toed shoes are suggested for warmth and the terrain.

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Moraine Lake Sunrise Shuttle FAQs

Moraine Lake Sunrise Tour: $95 per person

The Moraine Lake Sunrise Tour includes a round trip ticket to Moraine Lake then back to your pickup/drop off point. We have headlamps, blankets and offer complimentary hot beverages to take with you to the lake. 

Dual Lakes Sunrise Tour: $175 per person

The Dual Lakes Sunrise Tour includes everything in the Moraine Lake Sunrise Tour, along with a trip to Lake Louise and a boxed breakfast from Take A Hike Market.

Moraine Lake Sunrise Tour

Approximate tour duration:
Canmore pick-up: 5 hours
Banff pick-up: 4 hours
Lake Louise pick-up: 3 hours

Dual Lakes Sunrise Tour

Approximate tour duration:
Canmore pick-up: 7 hours
Banff pick-up: 6 hours
Lake Louise pick-up: 5 hours

While we don’t guide you around Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, our local guides are experts on the area and are happy to answer questions and give suggestions on how to best enjoy your time at the lakes.

Our shuttles and guides stay for the duration of your visit. We often enjoy sunrise on the rockpile or hiking the lake shore trails between taking care of guests.

You’re welcome to return to the van at any time during your visit. What you do while you’re there is up to you!

Our Moraine Lake Sunrise Shuttles are 15 passenger Ford Transit vans with a 6.5 foot ceiling making it cozy but with plenty of headroom so you don’t feel cramped. There is plenty of storage in the back for gear.

Our vehicles are thoroughly cleaned between each tour.

We have an extended back which can accommodate transportation of your gear. Whether you have a backpack or camera bag we have room to stow your stuff while on your journey.

Unfortunately pets are not allowed on the shuttle. Certified service dogs are always welcome.

We are the only Moraine Lake Shuttle pickup that moves with the sun getting you to Moraine Lake perfectly timed to view the whole sunrise experience! Our schedule is timed so that you get to Moraine Lake roughly 45 minutes before sunrise.

However there are other providers if we don’t fit your needs. Our friends over at Moraine Lake Shuttle have a list.

Mornings can be quite chilly at sunrise. Temperatures can hover just above zero degrees even in the summer. We recommend you dress in layers and bring a hooded jacket or toque, mittens or gloves and wear close toed shoes for your comfort. We provide blankets, headlamps and offer hot beverages to help keep you cozy!

Children over the age of 2 and under the age of 6 or under 40 lbs. require a child safety seat. We have a limited number of child safety seats available.

Children under the age of 2 are not permitted.

When booking you must reserve a child safety seat ahead of time. There is no charge for the use of child safety seats.

All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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moraine lake sunrise shuttle Pick up locations

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Our moraine lake Shuttle is Best Suited For Everyone

Seasoned mountain adventurer or a first-time visitor to Banff National Park, Moraine Lake Sunrise Shuttle is the ideal choice for anyone who wants to experience the beauty of Moraine Lake while having more time to explore and capture stunning photos of the breathtaking scenery.

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