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Moraine Lake

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Moraine Lake featuring landscape views, mountains and a lake or waterhole

Picture-postcard perfect – “The Valley of the Ten Peaks” is home to this startlingly blue lake framed by white-topped mountains.

The area around Moraine Lake is so picturesque, it demands to be photographed! Allow plenty of time to absorb the majesty of the place, and make sure to take plenty of pictures. With rugged snowy pinnacles in the distance and pure mountain water surrounded by local larch trees, this is an excellent place for hiking, and there are also canoes available for rent. However, its situation high in the Rocky Mountains means that Moraine Lake is only accessible from June to September, as the road is blocked by snow for the rest of the year.

Made famous by its portrayal on a former banknote, the “Twenty Dollar View” is one of the most photographed in Canada. The aquamarine lake is encircled by ten mountains and gets its lush colour from the minerals washed down from these mountains. Among those is Mount Temple – at 3,540 metres, it is the third highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

When you reach the car park, climb 300 metres up a stony hill to avail of a wonderful panorama from the vantage point at the top. The incredible colours are most vivid in the middle of the day – but this is also when the area is busiest and parking most difficult to find. A mid-morning arrival is recommended, along with a stay of a few hours, allowing you to appreciate the changing colours of the lake and the reflection of its surroundings on the surface of the water.

Tramping is an excellent option here, but it is important to be very careful as bears live in the area and it can be dangerous. Contact Parks Canada for an update before you leave on your walk, and always hike in groups of four or more people.

Moraine Lake is 14 kilometres from Lake Louise, and one hour west of Banff.

154 Cheap Hotels Near Moraine Lake

Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$354 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,212 reviews)
"We have a great stay. Front desk staff greeted us with friendly chat and help us with our needs. Restaurants and trip tips.. Rooms are very nice and clean.."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Mountaineer Lodge
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$858 per night from 7 Aug. to 7 Aug.
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (986 reviews)
"As expected. We read the reviews before booking so no complaints. Knew that the room would be comparatively smaller than our usual stays and would have no A/C. The convenience factor was the main draw for us. We were able to wake up and walk out to Lake Louise to watch the sunrise within mintutes ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise, AB
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$430 per night from 26 Aug. to 26 Aug.
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! (726 reviews)
"Extremely well taken care of property. The location was great, quiet, serene with the fire pits along the creek and the deck looking out to the mountain."

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 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

Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
105 Lake Louise Drive, Box 7, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$321 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
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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 NZ$858 per night from 7 Aug. to 7 Aug.
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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 NZ$430 per night from 26 Aug. to 26 Aug.
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$354 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Mountaineer Lodge
Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$323 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
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Deer Lodge
Deer Lodge
3 out of 5
109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$379 per night from 23 Aug. to 23 Aug.
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Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
3 out of 5
Highway 93 South, Castle Junction, AB
The price is NZ$463 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
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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 NZ$363 per night from 24 Aug. to 24 Aug.
Castle Mountain Chalets
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