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Minnewanka Loop / Lake Johnson

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Walk around Lake Johnson

Beautiful easy walk around a well cleared trail. Gorgeous views and a lovely pair of loons calling... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2017
Erica B
via mobile
Scenic drive close to Banff with some great hikes

The Minnewanka loop is easily found on the first exit ramp to Banff off the transcanada from... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2016
Lethbridge, Canada
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Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Beautiful easy walk around a well cleared trail. Gorgeous views and a lovely pair of loons calling back and forth.

Thank Erica B
Reviewed 26 November 2016

The Minnewanka loop is easily found on the first exit ramp to Banff off the transcanada from Canmore and Calgary. Take the right hand turn for the loop drive. About 4 km you will see a sign for Johnson lake. Take this road and you...More

Thank Welshman1956
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Nice for a little stroll. Make sure you have a parks pass as we didn't get told about it from our hotel when we checked in late at night and ended up getting a warning violation from the parks people.

Thank pwilliams82
Reviewed 2 August 2016

We hiked Johnson Lake (which is an easy 3 km stroll around this small lake), had lunch along Lake Minnewanka and then hiked the Stewart Canyon & Cascade River/Canyon Trail (7.7km). The GPS was an asset in keeping us on the Canyon trail that seemed...More

1  Thank driftdiver1
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This lake is perfectly clear and was warmer than expected. Quite busy, but that is to be expected with the proximity to Calgary. There were quite a few paddle boards and kayaks on the lake, but it did not pose a problem.

Thank calgarianheadedsouth
Reviewed 21 July 2016

There is a trail around Johnson lake, about 3km I think, that we hiked with our 6 and 8 year old. It a great trek with nice views of the lake and up into the trees a bit. The lake has a small sand beach...More

1  Thank Oilerman
Reviewed 17 July 2016

This drive was crowded- but we saw so much wildlife on this loop! Lots of cars stopped and lots of people taking photos but everyone was pretty respectful- not getting too close and keeping quiet.

1  Thank sarmstrong0222
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed exploring the lakes, old mining town, and various viewpoints. We saw wild animals from the safety of our car. Loved seeing these amazing creatures as we rolled along surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Did the loop a few times during our week in Banff...More

1  Thank Kaimuki31
Reviewed 10 July 2016

There is not good I love more than discovering a new mountain lake. On my most recent road trip to Banff I decided to find one. Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake kept popping up on instagrama new they looked beautiful. Well insta filters and...More

1  Thank BreMansell
Reviewed 3 July 2016

This is a fantastic short trip with plenty of places to walk and admire the views. Our trip almost did not happen due to the attitude of a "summer" ranger who was very unfriendly, insolent and as the title states an..........! Tanking th latter up...More

Thank GogsGraham
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I am looking at camping somewhere (perhaps two nights here & there) in September in a small tent, would prefer bear safe fencing, but hoping to avoid the train line sites, any recommendations would be MUCH APPRECIATED! Thank you
4 July 2016|
Response from jeancoops2 |
by the way... Anywhere around Banff, lake Louise, yoho perhaps Thanks again