Twenty Dollar View

Twenty Dollar View on Where Rockies

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Situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, the impressive Moraine Lake is a highlight of any visit to the Canadian Rockies. The lake is best viewed by taking the short path up the Rockpile Trail to witness the Twenty Dollar View, named because it was on the back of Canadian twenty-dollar bills between 1969 and 1979. Here, the impressive ring of mountain peaks circle the turquoise waters of the lake, creating an extraordinary view of this iconic location.

Several popular hikes leave from Moraine Lake, such as Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass. These areas are popular with grizzlies in the summer, and certain trail restrictions are in place throughout the season. If you are planning on hiking in the Canadian Rockies, makes sure you have bear spray and know how to use it! Remember you are visiting the homes of these wild animals, so bring your manners: pack out what you pack in, keep your distance if you do see wildlife, and never – never, feed wild animals.

Last year, in preparation for summer 2023, Parks Canada closed access to Moraine Lake to private vehicles, meaning getting to this busy tourist spot requires a shuttle. There are several options to reach Moraine Lake and the ever-popular Lake Louise, most of which leave from the Lake Louise Summer Gondola parking area.

For the early-morning crowd, the Moraine Lake Bus Company offers hikers shuttles, leaving at 4 am and 5 am, so you can get to the trailhead for first light. They also offer regular shuttles throughout the day, leaving roughly every 30 minutes from 6 am onward. The best way to ensure your experience is easy and convenient, and to avoid any disappointment, we recommend pre-booking your shuttle.

To book your transportation to see the twenty dollar view, or get to your trailhead at the break of day, check out the Moraine Lake Bus Company, here.


Kate Barker