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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.

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

Deer Lodge
Deer Lodge
3 out of 5
109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $159 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located near the slopes, this Lake Louise hotel is in the mountains and within 6 mi (10 km) of Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, and ...
3.4/5Good! (995 reviews)
"Loved the rustic nature and available history on the property. Close to everything by walking."

Reviewed on Jun. 19, 2021

Deer Lodge
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $359 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Situated on a lake, this spa resort is steps from Louise Lake and Icefields Parkway. Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola are also within 6 mi ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (985 reviews)
"location"

Reviewed on Jun. 4, 2021

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $293 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Situated on a river, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, and Lake Louise Gondola. Plain of Six Glaciers ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (718 reviews)
"Amazing"

Reviewed on Jun. 17, 2021

Baker Creek Mountain Resort
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Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $135 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $359 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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Deer Lodge
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3 out of 5
109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $159 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $293 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $189 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
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2.5 out of 5
105 Lake Louise Drive, Box 7, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $229 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
3 out of 5
Highway 93 South, Castle Junction, AB
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Great Divide Lodge
Great Divide Lodge
3 out of 5
1 Trans Canadian HWY, Field, BC
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Castle Mountain Chalets
Castle Mountain Chalets
3.5 out of 5
Hwy 93 South And Castle Junction 1A, Castle Junction, AB
The price is CA $248 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Castle Mountain Chalets
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