Moraine Lake

Vacation Travel Guide
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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
The price is CA $116 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, and Lake Louise Gondola. Louise ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,554 reviews)
"Great amenities and close to the hill"

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2022

Lake Louise Inn
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $399 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Situated on a lake, this spa resort is steps from Louise Lake and Icefields Parkway. Lake Louise Gondola and Moraine Lake are also within 9 mi (15 km).
4.5/5 Wonderful! (982 reviews)
"Did not even have a bath towel in the room"

Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2022

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 $245 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated on a river, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, and Lake Louise Gondola. Johnston Canyon and Vista ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (786 reviews)
"We loved staying there! Perfect location and such a cozy spot to come back to after a day of skiing or exploring!"

Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2022

Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Moraine Lake

Deer Lodge
Deer Lodge
3 out of 5
109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $109 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
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 $399 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
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 $245 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $116 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Lake Louise Inn
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2.5 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $304 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Mountaineer Lodge
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
105 Lake Louise Drive, Box 7, Lake Louise, AB
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
3 out of 5
Highway 93 South, Castle Junction, AB
The price is CA $296 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
Storm Mountain Lodge - Historic log cabin #1
Storm Mountain Lodge - Historic log cabin #1
Castle Junction, AB
Storm Mountain Lodge - Historic log cabin #1
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 $237 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Castle Mountain Chalets
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.