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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
+1 403-762-3473
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A lovely lake with some nice walks around the edge. We paid to do the boat tour, we’d booked in advance which I wouldn’t recommend as it ended up raining when we were there so it wasn’t the best. The guy doing the talk on...More

Thank Charlp88
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I stopped here to do some photos as a photographer. The views are definitely not the best of Banff but they are nice as it is the largest man made Lake in the Bow Valley. If you have time and want another stop, I’m sure...More

Thank Matthew P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited on our way back from Norquay - very picturesque with a good few walks and paths to be explored. Plenty of warnings about bears which always makes you twitchy.. parking was easy, plenty of areas for picnicking

Thank Pete P
Reviewed 3 days ago

The lake is a must on your list. You can also hike around it or rent a boat or a kayak. There is also a cruise available but we haven't done it, so I can't judge if it's worth it or not.

Thank Pilku_Feee
Reviewed 3 days ago

We drove up via Two Jack Lake which was very pretty and gave great vistas of Mount Rundle. The walks are pleasant enough and the cruise looks good. The views from the footpaths near the visitor centre are beautiful, especially in the Autumn. We were...More

Thank Kill0ch
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited on a warm sunny afternoon. As it was the weekend, families were enjoying barbecues in specially provided shacks and shelters. A stroll along the wooded path by the lake showed off the glorious colours of the water. A quite splendid place.

Thank AddickMark
Reviewed 4 days ago

Just how beautiful is this place and a very large lake which you can view near Banff or you get little glimpses of the lake while travelling through the area which is very tantalising

Thank Colleen R
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took the boat cruise of Lake Minnewanka recently and it is worth taking. Great scenery. Very short drive from Banff.

Thank Marsha E
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an attractive lake and it is possible to walk around the shore and trek into the woods. There are more beautiful areas to see in the mountains. There are cruise boats available but they did not add to the experience. There was the...More

Thank Bluebellplasnewydd
Reviewed 5 days ago

Prebooked the cruise as had been told it fills up very quickly. I was glad we did. The guide was very knowledgeable and even though it was snowing it was well worth queuing in the cold.

Thank Mcnamat
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19 August 2018|
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Response from Adrian L | 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 Amanda D | 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.
Samantha F
23 June 2018|
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Response from Paul M | Reviewed this property |
No problems using your kayak and dogs are welcome but must be on their leads both for others’ comfort and also because it is bear country. However, It is unlikely that any bears will want to be so close to the multitudes of... More