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Moraine Lake

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.

Popular Activities at Moraine Lake

How about making your stop at Moraine Lake even more special? Don't forget to try some of these activities:

Why not consider purchasing a Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour and a Full-Day Trip to Yoho National Park & Moraine Lake?

If you're seeking more activities, check out our Lake Louise things to do page.


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Moraine Lake Lodge
Reviewed on 25 Jul. 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 AU$422
    Reviewed on 23 Apr. 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

      The views of this hotel are simply breathtaking! Will certainly come again.

      Lake Louise Inn AU$125
      Reviewed on 21 Apr. 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

        I went in many hotel and this one is one of my best pick up i had ! I ll go back at this place anytime again !!!

        Baker Creek Mountain Resort AU$204
        Reviewed on 24 Apr. 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

          No cell phone or wifi, It was great to have the quite and peaceful atmosphere but my wife was concerned about the unavailable service and potential of our family not being able to reach us in the event of an emergency. No breakfast options.

          Mountaineer Lodge AU$126
          Reviewed on 23 Apr. 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 television signal or tv was third world. The staff were very accommodating when we needed to stay an additional night due to the weather conditions .

            Deer Lodge AU$110
            Reviewed on 26 Apr. 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

              The ambient atmosphere if an ancient hotel. Cosy reading room with a fire place.

              Paradise Lodge & Bungalows AU$325
              Reviewed on 9 Oct. 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 11 Feb. 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 ...