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Lake Minnewanka

24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Banff National Park's largest waterway.
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  • Average11%
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24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

About 15 minutes out of Banff, it is a very pretty drive up to the lake in the lake itself is set up in the mountains and a gorgeous setting. We were there on a somewhat rainy days so we weren't able to appreciate as...More

Thank Fastphilad
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The 1 hr. cruise was a delight! The two folks piloting & doing the triplog were knowledgeable, funny & engaging. The lake was majestic. If you are in the Banff area, take the time!

Thank drm0223
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went in September on Lake tour at 10AM , perfect as no crowds yet and water calm. Beautiful colored lake that is due to the glacial rock flour. We did a Brewster Lake Cruise which was worth it for a relaxing, informative excursion. But there...More

Thank ariceli79
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lake and surrounding area was beautiful and very scenic. Tour was good in itself, only issue was the boat was very noisy. Otherwise nice trip. Plenty of opportunities for taking pictures.

Thank kamytoor
Reviewed 3 days ago

Arrived about 10am and was lucky enough to see an Elk grazing at the side of the road just before the entrance to the lake. I also managed to photographs several chipmunks running around the beach area. Tried to purchase a ticket for a lake...More

Thank shearsjj
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello shearsjj, thank you for this nice review. Sorry you weren't able to secure a seat on our boat tour. Your suggestion to pre-purchase is on point. Doing so online is easiest, but can also be done onsite or at any Explore Rockies desk in...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Take a boat ride across the largest lake and enjoy the ride with guides explain history of the lake and look for wildlife.the tour is narrated by a Cher Indian and shows ow and arrow and rawhide he made. See the famous spirit island.

Thank rebelwebb
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Traveling for our 25th wedding anniversary. We took a detour to go drive around the lake. So many spots to pull over and the drive is so relaxing and beautiful. There was even an "animal traffic jam" as two (mountain goat? Female elk? Note sure)...More

Thank tlz259
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi tlz259, thank you for this great review. More importantly, congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary! Regards, Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited quite early and there weren't that many people around and it was so peaceful. Beautiful lake with optional boat trip (we didn't do that because we did a similar one at Maligne Lake). We had no trouble parking but by the time we...More

Thank Gill C
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Gill C, thanks for posting about your time at Lake Minnewanka. Glad you found the area peaceful. I hope you enjoyed your cruise at Maligne Lake, next time you're back we'll save you a seat or two to try our boat cruise :) Regards,...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The drove around this and neighboring lakes which was a nice thing to do. We saw some big horn sheep. We walked out to boat dock for a picture. They have a boat ride but that did not interest us. Not a must do but...More

Thank Visalia11
Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed our half day outing to Lake Minnewanka. This apparently is a very popular place for Banff locals both Summer (for boating fishing, mountain biking, hiking etc) and Winter (ice fishing, cross country skiing etc). We took a short stroll around the lake from...More

Thank DGarethOwen
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Judy e
24 July 2017|
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Response from Makkansutra | Reviewed this property |
Check the weather forecast during your trip first as they are quite accurate . I would suggest layers , proper rain or wet gear . Do keep warmer clothes and gloves for higher altitude activities . Cheers
Michelle D
17 January 2017|
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Response from CarbonWave | Reviewed this property |
There have been some good-old cold spells this winter (-30 DegC for almost a week) that have given the lakes some thick ice - 300 to 600 mm thick. However, the temperature swings have been extreme and you may luck out with... More
8 December 2016|
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Response from relatedgroup | Reviewed this property |
I would look into the gondola or a view from a height. The lake is beautiful but surrounded by mountains so I don't think it would be my first choice. Try to get some elavation.