Moraine Lake Sunset

If you ever get a chance to visit Banff National Park in Canada, then you must make a trip to Moraine Lake. I would even suggest multiple visits at different times of the day to see the lake and surrounding peaks within different light.

This location quickly became my wife and my favorite area within Banff, as we enjoyed the scenery and the hikes around this amazing part of the world. We made the trek to this gem of a spot several times during our stay in the Canadian Rockies and one of the most dramatic times of the day is during the early evening, starting about two hours prior to sunset. The suns light enters from an opening of the peaks from the West, creating a dramatic directional light on the Valley of the Ten Peaks. It’s one of those areas that you can sit back, relax and just enjoy natures show. That’s what my wife and I did as we grabbed some cheese and crackers, and a bottle of red and pulled up a rock on the ‘rockpile’ and watched the light change from minute to minute.

Moraine Lake Sunset | © Jay Moore Photography

If you’re interested in how the location looks during the morning sunrise … CHECK OUT MY PREVIOUS POST

Photography / Hiking Insight: As said above, Moraine Lake is beautiful anytime of day to visit, but sunrise and sunset bring a special light to this magical place, giving it even more drama than usual. I enjoyed the morning light a little more than evening (August) since it touched on many of the Ten Peaks (was at location about 15 minutes before the scheduled sunrise). However, the evening light (as seen above) is very dramatic (at location about two hours before scheduled sunset for best angled light), but since the Canadian Rockies generate its own clouds throughout the day, we only had a few small windows to photograph the scene before the clouds covered the dramatic light.

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