A couple looking at Moraine lake during their banff national park elopement

Imagine exchanging vows on the shores of Moraine Lake, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. In this blog we’ll cover how to elope in Moraine Lake, nestled in Banff National Park. It is a pristine alpine gem that provides the perfect backdrop for an intimate elopement. As a seasoned elopement photographer in Banff National Park, I’ve gathered the best tips and tricks to help you plan your dream elopement at Moraine Lake. Let’s dive into the details!

The Best Time of Year to Elope in Moraine Lake

Late Summer | Early Fall: July, August, and September are the ideal months to visit Moraine Lake. During this time, the lake is free of snow and ice, offering clear views of its turquoise waters. September brings the added charm of autumn colors, creating a picturesque setting for your elopement.

The Best Places to Elope in and Around Moraine Lake

Rockpile Trail at Moraine Lake

Access an epic ceremony spot with panoramic views of Moraine Lake via the Rockpile trail, surrounded by towering evergreens. This is a great location for sunrise and sunset depending on your vibe and the look you’re going for. The Rockpile Trail in Banff National Park is a hidden gem for couples seeking a uniquely intimate elopement experience. As you ascend the trail, breathtaking vistas of the iconic Moraine Lake unfold before you. Its vivid turquoise waters framed by the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies. With each step, the beauty of the landscape grow. There are numerous picturesque spots for exchanging vows. The Rockpile’s rocky outcrops provide natural altars for intimate ceremonies. For those wishing to immortalize every precious moment, a skilled Banff elopement photographer can expertly capture the raw emotion and stunning scenery.

Valley of the Ten Peaks

The Valley of the Ten Peaks stands as an ethereal sanctuary for couples seeking a breathtaking backdrop for their elopement. Nestled within the Canadian Rockies, this majestic valley boasts an awe-inspiring panorama of ten towering peaks, each standing sentinel over pristine alpine lakes and verdant forests. As the sun casts its golden hues upon the rugged landscape, the valley transforms into a symphony of colors, painting an unforgettable scene for exchanging vows. Whether against the backdrop of azure lakes or amidst meadows ablaze with wildflowers, the Valley of the Ten Peaks offers an unparalleled setting for a romantic and intimate elopement. With its timeless beauty and serene ambiance, this iconic location invites couples to embark on their journey of love amidst the grandeur of nature’s masterpiece.

A couple looking at Moraine lake during their banff national park elopement

The Best Accommodations Around Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake Lodge

A cozy and romantic escape surrounded by the larch forests, offering class and comfort for couples looking to reconnect with nature. At Moraine Lake Lodge, you’re steps away from all the gorgeous nature of Moraine Lake for your Banff elopement. You won’t have to travel far! It’s a one stop shop for you and your Banff elopement photographer can meet you there! Exchange vows amidst the pristine wilderness, with the iconic Valley of the Ten Peaks as your witness. For couples seeking to capture every precious moment, a skilled Banff elopement photographer can artfully immortalize the magic of the day against the backdrop of this stunning landscape. With its rustic elegance and secluded charm, Moraine Lake Lodge provides an idyllic sanctuary for couples to begin their journey together, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Fairmont Château Lake Louise

Nestled amidst the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, Fairmont Banff Lake Louise stands as an unrivaled venue for your Banff elopement, encapsulating the epitome of natural beauty and luxury. Its idyllic location alongside the serene Lake Louise offers a picturesque backdrop that dreams are made of, with emerald waters mirroring towering snow-capped peaks. Whether exchanging vows against the backdrop of majestic mountains or in the intimate ambiance of the charming lakeside pavilion, every moment is imbued with romance and splendor. The hotel’s impeccable service and elegant accommodations ensure a seamless and unforgettable experience, allowing you to focus solely on the love shared between you and your partner amidst this stunning wilderness setting. Fairmont Banff Lake Louise isn’t just a venue; it’s a sanctuary where love flourishes amidst the grandeur of nature.

The Best Activities in Banff National Park

  • Glacier Lookouts / Hikes
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Helicopter Excursions
  • Lake Minnewanka Cruise
  • Stargazing / Northern Lights Viewing
  • And more…

Traveling to Banff National Park

Alberta is home to major airports in Edmonton and Calgary, providing flexibility in planning your Moraine Lake elopement. Calgary International Airport is the closest airport to Banff, offering a scenic drive through the Canadian Rockies.

Navigating Banff National Park

With over 4.5 million visitors annually, Banff National Park can feel crowded during peak season. As your elopement photographer, I can guide you to intimate locations away from large crowds. Consider a private helicopter tour for a secluded elopement experience.

How to Make Your Moraine Lake Elopement Official

To marry in Alberta, where Banff National Park is located, you’ll need a marriage license. Obtain it from a registry agent’s office, and after the ceremony, the officiant will send a completed license to Alberta Vital Statistics for registration. You’ll also need two witnesses to make it legal. There’s a couple options here, you can ask a couple strangers to be your witnesses for you (everyone loves love!) which is so adventurous and fun! Or, myself and my husband Jason (and Banff elopement videographer extraordinaire) can be your witnesses !

Banff National Park Fees & Elopement Permit Guidelines

Entry fees, permits, and reservations may be required. I’ll assist you in securing necessary permits and advise on fees for exploring Banff and your elopement location.

Safety in Banff National Park

Stay informed and prepared for natural hazards. Be aware of wildlife, and adhere to Leave No Trace principles to preserve the beauty of the park.

Banff National Park Elopement Essentials Packing List

Ensure you have all the necessary items, including passports, elopement attire, hiking gear, and a Leave No Trace mentality. Here’s a list below to get started!:

  • Passport / ID / Credit Cards 
  • Elopement Attire
  • Sustainable Garment Bags (Check out the Green Garmento!)
  • Vow Books
  • Rings
  • Base Layers
  • Thermals
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Hiking boots
  • Jackets
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Long + Short Sleeved Shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Adaptors + Chargers 
  • First Aid Kit + Medications + Toiletries 
  • Hiking Packs
  • Snacks
  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • Bear Spray

Banff National Park Elopement Timeline

Moraine Lake Elopement

  • 3:00 AM: Wake up and have breakfast
  • 3:30 AM: Get ready
  • 6:00 AM: Hike to Moraine Lake overlook
  • 7:00 AM: First look, vow exchange, and celebratory toast
  • 10:00 AM: Portraits along the shore
  • 11:00 AM: Brunch picnic on the shore
  • 1:00 PM: Canoe around Moraine Lake


If you and your partner love the idea of a Banff National Park elopement at the gorgeous Moraine Lake, share your love story and vision with me here, your trusty Banff elopement photographer! You can also check out where I’m headed this year on my travel page and download my free ‘How To Choose Your Dream Elopement Destination’ guide! I can’t wait to help you and your partner create an intentional elopement experience at Banff National Park!

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