Capturing the most magical photographs with Kaley Hayward Photography in Moraine Lake, Alberta. It’s a tricky one to visit since the road is only open for a few months out of the year. Get the details about when and where to get the best photographs and how I’m keeping warm in my new Canada Goose Parka.
Moraine Lake Photography Tips
Moraine Lake is located 14kms from the Village of Lake Louise. I personally feel that it’s even more beautiful than it’s sister lake, Lake Louise. And perhaps more special since you can only access the lake a few months of the year. The lake is located in Banff National Park in the Valley of The Ten Peaks. It boasts the most beautiful turquoise water that you can’t believe is real until you see it with your own eyes.
If you’re wanting to see Moraine Lake on your next trip to Alberta, then you’ll need to be thoughtful about your trip planning. The road to Moraine Lake is closed after Thanksgiving weekend in October until late May. The best time to capture the turquoise blue water is between June and September. If you’re too early in the season, the lake may still be frozen.
I think we really lucked out in this shoot in the last week of September because we got the best of both worlds: snow-capped mountains and the teal waters below. The summer obviously yields high amounts of tourists so June and September would be your best bets to avoid over-crowding. Parking is very limited so you may find the access road to Moraine Lake blocked on busy days. If so, head back onto the Trans Canada Highway and park in the overflow parking lot. A shuttle bus will be making its rounds to transport tourists up the winding road. It’s not ideal but at least it does control the number of people viewing the lake at the same time.
The Best Views
In order to get the best photography point, take the pathway on the left of the parking lot. This will take you around and up to the large rock pile that stacks up in front of the lake. As you make your way up, you can stop at different points to get photographs from different heights and angles. This is where the water appears the most blue. From the ground level, walking around the right side of the lake will also award you with spectacular views including beautiful shots with the fallen logs in the water. You can rent a colourful canoe during the warmer months at a hefty hourly price to capture the landscape from any angle and get you some really neat solo photos.
I’ve had a new Canada Goose Parka on my wishlist for the past couple of years. It’s a big purchase but one that I can justify as I need a warm coat to wear for three quarters of the year in Alberta. Especially when I’m visiting the Rocky Mountains! As soon as Kaley and I decided we had to make it out to Moraine Lake before the road closed, I knew that coat had to be RED. I love the contrast of the turquoise water, the white snow and the red coat. It made for the most stunning photos! Canada Goose has introduced a new better fitting coat this year called the “Fusion Fit”. It’s the same design as their regular coats but if you are between sizes or have a smaller waist, this coat will fit you more snug around the middle. I ordered a size small in the Rossclair Fusion Fit Parka so that I would still have the length on the arms and could wear a thicker sweater underneath without it feeling too tight around the shoulders. I think it’s easy to see that I’m in love!
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