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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

Taking the loop drive offers the opportunity to see some wildlife on top of the stunning lake. Plenty of trails to wander round at the lake mean you can spend as long as you like taking in the views.

Thank Alan Y
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was our last full day in The Rockies so we had a lazy day here. This lake is beautiful. We walked a little way around the lake - every turn a different view. Strange to think it has a village under the water due...More

Thank Claire L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lake Minnewanka is a must-see destination when visiting the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is a very short drive from the town of Banff (about 20 minutes). One may hike and/or take in the majesty of the lovely lake and its surrounding scenery. There is also...More

Thank Kioritraveller
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We absolutely loved our visit to Lake Minnewanka, we did the scenic drive round as well as walking round the lake. There’s loads of parking to the lake and the paths are in very good condition. We saw lots of big horned sheep and a...More

Thank L0V3T0TRAV3L97
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I did this trip earlier this week and found it very disappointing. It was a guided trip up the lake and back. A lot of money to pay for a spin on a lake!

Thank LiamoF
Reviewed 6 days ago

The day we drove to Lake Minnewanka was the only day (in late September) that we took off the roof of our rental jeep to enjoy the unobstructed views. The drive to the lake has lots of nice scenery and other options to visit and...More

Thank ccrowe3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful like the rest of this area Easy access from Banff We all loved the views from Lake Minnewanka

Thank kibura
Reviewed 1 week ago

The smaller cousin to Louise and Moraine Lake Minnewanka is a great spot to visit and relax by the water. Boats can be hired but the best part is to 'smell the serenity' of this wonderful lake near Banff. Our Discover Banff guide was all...More

Thank Karvy M
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely spot. I used the local bus from Banff 'Roam' to get to Lake Minnewanka and back. Takes about 30 min or so one way. There was a notice on the bus board that the service ended 16/9 so was glad we used...More

Thank Deb G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lake Minnewanka Loop Road was a wonderful drive on a snowy day, there was a serene feeling of peace. Saw a few Elk as well

Thank Don W
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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