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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.
Give yourself plenty of time at Moraine Lake. Below are some of the top things to do:
Check out our Lake Louise things to do page to discover many more activities in the area.
Located near the slopes, this Lake Louise lodge is in the mountains, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Moraine Lake, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Icefields Parkway. Lake Louise Gondola is 10.8 mi (17.4 km) away.
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 and Lake Louise Gondola. Moraine Lake and Lower Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint are also within 12 miles (20 km). Lake Louise Station is 14 minutes by foot.
Located near the slopes, this Lake Louise resort is in the mountains, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Icefields Parkway, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola. Moraine Lake is 8.9 mi (14.3 km) away.
Located near the slopes, this Lake Louise hotel is in the mountains and within 9 mi (15 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola. Moraine Lake and Johnston Canyon are also within 20 miles (32 km).
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 and Lake Louise Gondola. Moraine Lake and Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse are also within 9 miles (15 km). Lake Louise Station is 11 minutes by foot.
Located near the slopes, this Lake Louise hotel is in the mountains, within 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola, and close to winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Situated in Lake Louise, this ski lodge is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Lake Louise Gondola and 7.9 mi (12.7 km) from Moraine Lake.
Situated in Castle Junction, this cabin is within 12 miles (20 km) of Johnston Canyon, Paint Pots Trailhead and Numa Falls. Icefields Parkway and Lake Louise Mountain Resort are also within 25 miles (40 km).