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Minnewanka Loop / Lake Johnson

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Address: 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 back and forth.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Erica B
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Lethbridge, Canada
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 arrive at a parking area with toilets and a picnic area. Great place to have... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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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
Halifax, Canada
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476 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 644 helpful votes
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 to disappear.

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38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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
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181 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
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 and is a good spot to relax. Lots of fish jumping too. Would recommend for... More 

1 Thank Oilerman
Seattle, Washington
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51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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
San Francisco
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23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 because it was so enjoyable!

1 Thank Kaimuki31
Red Deer, Canada
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56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 hashtags did not disappoint. Both lakes are beautiful and worth a stop. I was hoping... More 

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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 with the Government department. That out the way we had a fantastic picnic at the... More 

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