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Holidays in Moraine Lake
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Moraine Lake featuring landscape views, mountains and a lake or waterhole
So magnificent the Canadians put it on their 20-dollar bill, the view of this azure lake nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks will take your breath away.

One of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Moraine Lake has appeared in countless photographs and postcards and has even graced the Canadian 20-dollar bill. Hence the nickname "Twenty Dollar View", when in reality, this vista of snow-topped mountains, lush larch forest and startlingly blue lake is simply priceless.

Come to Moraine Lake in summer, as heavy snow makes it inaccessible from October to May. It's 14 kilometres from Lake Louise, or, if you're coming from Banff, one hour's drive west. There is a car park, but finding a space can be a struggle, especially in the middle of the day.

The observation platform, from which you'll get those famous views, is just 300 metres up a rocky hill from the car park. Once you're here, take your time and enjoy this singular view. Get some snaps of Mount Temple, which, at 3,540 metres high, is the third-highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Admire the impossibly turquoise water as it reflects the mountains above.

The blue colour, caused by minerals in glacial melt water, intensifies as the sun rises, reaching its zenith at noon. If you arrive at this time you may have a hard time getting past the crowds. Your best bet is to get in position before 10 a.m. and simply watch as the lake brightens. Or rent a canoe and view the water up close.

The lake is surrounded by hiking trails, but, as Moraine Lake is known to be home to bears, walking in the area can be dangerous. Hike in groups of at least four and call Parks Canada for a safety update before you head off.

So magnificent the Canadians put it on their 20-dollar bill, the view of this azure lake nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks will take your breath away.

One of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Moraine Lake has appeared in countless photographs and postcards and has even graced the Canadian 20-dollar bill. Hence the nickname "Twenty Dollar View", when in reality, this vista of snow-topped mountains, lush larch forest and startlingly blue lake is simply priceless.

Come to Moraine Lake in summer, as heavy snow makes it inaccessible from October to May. It's 14 kilometres from Lake Louise, or, if you're coming from Banff, one hour's drive west. There is a car park, but finding a space can be a struggle, especially in the middle of the day.

The observation platform, from which you'll get those famous views, is just 300 metres up a rocky hill from the car park. Once you're here, take your time and enjoy this singular view. Get some snaps of Mount Temple, which, at 3,540 metres high, is the third-highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Admire the impossibly turquoise water as it reflects the mountains above.

The blue colour, caused by minerals in glacial melt water, intensifies as the sun rises, reaching its zenith at noon. If you arrive at this time you may have a hard time getting past the crowds. Your best bet is to get in position before 10 a.m. and simply watch as the lake brightens. Or rent a canoe and view the water up close.

The lake is surrounded by hiking trails, but, as Moraine Lake is known to be home to bears, walking in the area can be dangerous. Hike in groups of at least four and call Parks Canada for a safety update before you head off.

139 Cheap Hotels Near Moraine Lake

Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is AU$187 per night from 23 Jun. to 23 Jun.
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola. Louise ...
4/5Very Good! (1,759 reviews)
"Proximity to lake Louise and moraine lake"

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2021

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 AU$521 per night from 19 Jun. to 19 Jun.
Situated on a lake, this spa resort is steps away from Louise Lake and Icefields Parkway. Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (987 reviews)
"location"

Reviewed on 4 Jun. 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 AU$328 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Situated on the riverfront, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola. Plain of Six ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (717 reviews)
"Wow! That’s what I have to say about the beautiful and wonderful place. Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary here was the best possible decision! Playing crib by the creek with a beautiful dinner delivered right to our fire pit! Highly recommend. Also, the staff was so amazing!"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2021

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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Top Moraine Lake Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is AU$187 per night from 23 Jun. to 23 Jun.
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 AU$521 per night from 19 Jun. to 19 Jun.
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 AU$328 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Deer Lodge
Deer Lodge
3 out of 5
109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is AU$189 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Deer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is AU$201 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Mountaineer Lodge
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
105 Lake Louise Drive, Box 7, Lake Louise, AB
The price is AU$450 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
3 out of 5
Highway 93 South, Castle Junction, AB
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
Great Divide Lodge
Great Divide Lodge
3 out of 5
1 Trans Canadian HWY, Field, BC
Great Divide Lodge
Castle Mountain Chalets
Castle Mountain Chalets
3.5 out of 5
Hwy 93 South And Castle Junction 1A, Castle Junction, AB
The price is AU$294 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
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.