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Moraine Lake

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.

Popular Activities at Moraine Lake

Give yourself loads of time at Moraine Lake. Below are the top activities:

You should think about purchasing a Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour or a Full-Day Trip to Yoho National Park & Moraine Lake while you're in the area. These activities are a couple of the most sought-after.

If you're chasing more options, examine our Lake Louise things to do page.


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Moraine Lake Lodge
Reviewed on Jul 25, 2014
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Moraine Lake Lodge

Moraine Lake Lodge

Moraine Lake Rd, Improvement District No. 9, Lake Louise, AB
     
    4.5 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    I highly recommend Moraine Lake Lodge for its accommodations and proximity to the lake. My wife and I went here for our honeymoon and thoroughly enjoyed the lodge and its surroundings. Of the two lakes (Louise & Moraine), we were grateful we stayed at Moraine Lake Lodge as its lake and surrounding ...

    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise $422
    Reviewed on May 23, 2019
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    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

    111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      First class service Very clean Great meals and Restaurants Views spectacular

      Lake Louise Inn $163
      Reviewed on May 22, 2019
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      Lake Louise Inn

      Lake Louise Inn

      210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
         
        3.7 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Great location to Lake Louise and Moraine. The pool and 3 hot tubs were great after hiking all day. 2 nice restaurants on site have great food. All rooms have patio/balcony. The hotel has a great view of the surrounding mountains.

        Baker Creek Mountain Resort $304
        Reviewed on May 21, 2019
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        Baker Creek Mountain Resort

        Baker Creek Mountain Resort

        Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise, AB
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Clean and comfy bed. Far away from Lake Louise though

          Mountaineer Lodge $117
          Reviewed on May 23, 2019
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          Mountaineer Lodge

          Mountaineer Lodge

          101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
             
            3.6 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0

            The spa zone is great! especially after a hiking day!

            Deer Lodge $144
            Reviewed on May 19, 2019
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            Deer Lodge

            Deer Lodge

            109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
               
              3.4 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Close to activities, outside of busy tourist areas eg. Banff, rustic charm

              Paradise Lodge & Bungalows $220
              Reviewed on Oct 9, 2018
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              Paradise Lodge & Bungalows

              Paradise Lodge & Bungalows

              105 Lake Louise Drive, Box 7, Lake Louise, AB
                 
                4.6 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Great location, very close to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Cozy cabin and very helpful staff that answered all of our questions.

                Great Divide Lodge
                Reviewed on Feb 11, 2017
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                Great Divide Lodge

                Great Divide Lodge

                1 Trans Canadian HWY, Field, BC
                   
                  3.3 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Not much accomodation in this area, so you can't be picky and choosey. This served the purpose, twin room, comfortable, warm, albeit a little aged! Nice bar/pool area, with selection of beers. Stayed here to visit Yoho NP, walk the Emerald Lake loop and visit Takakkaw Falls. Overall did the ...