Moraine Lake

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The view of this turquoise lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks has been immortalized on countless postcards and on the back of 20-dollar bills in Canada.

Moraine Lake is one of the most photographed scenes in Canada. The “Twenty Dollar View” takes in the turquoise lake and ten surrounding mountains. The vista was once the picture on the back of 20-dollar notes in Canada, and the nickname stuck.

Most visitors spend several hours soaking up the views and snapping pictures. The scene of rugged snow-capped peaks and crystal-clear water surrounded by larch trees is postcard-perfect. There are hiking trails around the lake and canoes for rent. The lake is only accessible June through September, as the road is blocked by snow in winter.

The lake is 8.7 miles (14 kilometers) from Lake Louise and about 1 hour’s drive west of Banff. From the parking lot, it’s a short walk, roughly 980 feet (300 meters), up a rocky hill to a viewing platform, where you’ll get the best view.

The glacial lake gets its startling blue color from the minerals in the water that come down from the surrounding mountains. The Valley of Ten Peaks has the third-highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. The peak of Mount Temple is 11,500 feet (3,540 meters) high. Take all this in from the viewing platform.

The lake is brightest during the day when the sun is directly overhead. This is also when the lake is the most crowded, and it can be hard to find parking. Come before 10 a.m. and stay to watch the changing colors on the lake – the water’s surface reflects the ten peaks.

There are miles of hiking trails surrounding the lake. Hiking can be dangerous, because there are often bears roaming the area. Call Parks Canada for a safety update before you set out. Always walk in groups of four or more.

Top Hotels Close to Moraine Lake

Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB, T0L1E0
The price is ¥51,210 per night from Jul 14 to Jul 15
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4.1/5 Very Good! (1,452 reviews)
"Would definitely stay again."

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Lake Louise Inn
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise, AB, T0L 1E0
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥54,131 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Lake Louise. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (837 reviews)
"Very nice property right by the lake. Bathroom was a bit small but had everything needed. Peaceful and quiet as well."

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB, T0L1E0
The price is ¥115,666 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 3
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (981 reviews)
"Spectacular location, fantastic services and world-class food. Worth mentioning is friendly Daniel at front desk who was helpful and showed professionalism. We would come back for another great experience."

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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Deer Lodge
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3 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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The price is ¥54,131 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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3 out of 5
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The price is ¥51,210 per night from Jul 14 to Jul 15
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2.5 out of 5
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2.5 out of 5
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3.5 out of 5
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