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There’s no comparing the emerald green waters of Minnewanka with any urban landscape. Mountain ridges stretch as far as the eye can see, eventually blurring into a blissful cascade of colours.
24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lake Minnewanka, and the Two Jack Lake nearby, are two lovely lakes that are amazingly beautiful and not as crowded as Lake Louise. When we went in mid-december 2018, Two Jack Lake was largely frozen and we could see people walking all over the ice,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Too F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely place to drive to in the morning. No wildlife anymore due to too many cars but very picturesque the lake was not very frozen but a lovely drive

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Vivandiere
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came up here on Christmas Day to blow away a few cobwebs, it was spectacular, complete with skating on the lake, wild mountain scenery and people even picnicking in the snow. I love the Canadian Rockies!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Calgary425
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though it was Dec, worth going. Very Scenic. We had a traffic jam of long horn sheep. Was nice to see this little herd just hanging out doing their thing.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank litew8t
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are stunning jewels of course, but that comes with a price: tourist crowds, lack of parking, etc. But we'd say Lake Minnewanka is majestic in its own way and does hold it's own, being more relaxed and accessible. In the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BenLar137
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the prettiest places I have ever visited. We walked the route around the lake, which took a little more than half an hour. Totally worth it, so pretty. The walk took longer due to many stops for pictures btw.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Edwina M
Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

My husband and I went in the winter. You can not only see the methane bubbles, but, you can also ice skate. With that is an awesome laser-sound that comes from the thin ice while skating (look it up! It’s crazy!).

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank keturah627
Reviewed 11 December 2018

One of the prettiest lakes in the Banff area. Took a nice one hour boat tour. Great guide and captain. We'll go again!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lee H
Reviewed 5 December 2018

What a stunning view of the lake and the mountian, The drive takes 10 minutes from the town and its worth it.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank adbj f
Reviewed 1 December 2018 via mobile

Open and cold in the snow but refreshing and blew the cobwebs away. A lovely place to visit for an hour or so. Go see

Date of experience: September 2018
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Emma C
16 January 2019|
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Response from Mahendra h | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a bus service which would be more appropriate way of travelling due to heavy trafic during the season. There is a bus station beside the road where you can leave your car and get into the shuttle service to... More
19 August 2018|
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Response from 755adrianl | Reviewed this property |
Same for us too. It’s three weeks ago now but it was really clear then. They did say it depended on wind direction but it hadn’t been a huge issue.
Nakharin T
14 July 2018|
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Response from 428amandad | Reviewed this property |
There is a camping area there so I would say yes, but not sure if certain areas are closed off. Certainly the lake boat operations finish early evening in summer. Check Canada Parks website.