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Lake Minnewanka

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Address: 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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Banff Lake Cruise
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Banff and Lake Louise Full-Day Tour with a Small Group
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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

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I just cannot say enough about the surprise we got with such a deep mountain lake surrounded with huge beautiful mountain scenery. Unfortunately I was there in the winter so I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I just cannot say enough about the surprise we got with such a deep mountain lake surrounded with huge beautiful mountain scenery. Unfortunately I was there in the winter so I never had a chance to canoe or kayak on the water. Even though it was a site seeing Day it was very much worth seeing. Next time I'll be... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

What an awesome review Cascumpecage. Thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the sightseeing. I love that you'll be back ready to explore - bring it on! So much to see and do at Lake Minnewanka and Banff National Park. Until next time. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited as part of a tour and well worth it - it was beautiful! Would love to return in summer to see what it looks like without snow cover.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Glad you were able to stop by suzc22, we'd love to have you back in the summer. Equally as beautiful, slightly warmer ;) Thank you for the review, nice to hear your visit was worth it. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a drive around this area and Tunnel mountain. It is just spectacular scenery in the winter. The lakes are frozen. Snowy wonderland. Saw someone kite boarding on the lake. We saw a lot of Elk and a coyote on the Tunnel Mountain road.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you very much Narelle20142014 for this review. Sounds like you encountered some spectacular scenery while you were here. The Park is beautiful 12 months of the year that's for sure. Hope you can visit us again. Travis More 

Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been blessed to visit this superb lake during the peak of summer and winter. Both seasons afford incredible backdrop with woodland walks and mind blowing scenery. Of course in winter you can walk on the lake!

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hello Carlottiee, thanks for this great review. Quite the contrast when visiting the Lake in the opposite seasons. Great scenery all 12 months that's for sure. Hope you can make it back next season, no walking on the water, but we'd be happy to take you boating on it in the summer :) Travis Mann More 

New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the back draft are the rockies which give a great reflection on the lake and makes it a perfect subject for photography. very relaxing by the lake. there is a table for a little picnic and you can come close to the water and have fun.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you streeteasy55 for stopping by. Lake Minnewanka is a popular spot for photography that's for sure. Hope you managed to get some memorable shots of your visit. Hope to see you again. Travis More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Short drive from Banff. It's always beautiful no matter what time of year it is. My only thing is I wish Parks Canada would post online if it's safe to skate on or not or have areas in the lake to skate.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi Taylor B, thank you for this review. I agree, the Lake is beautiful 12 months of the year. I'll pass on your feedback to Parks as well. Thanks for visiting. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to go cross country skiing from the lake Minnewanka parking lot to CR-6 campground on the Cascade River. The trail was well groomed, and their was an uphill grade for about 4 km, then downhill to the campsite. We ate lunch, spent the night in a tent, and took many photos along the way. There is a track... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hello SAS_Allen, what an awesome review! Thanks for sharing your experience around Lake Minnewanka. "Winter Wonderland" for sure. Glad you enjoyed yourselves. Come on back in the summer, no skis required. Travis Mann More 

Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great hikes...beautiful views. You can scuba dive in this lake and there are boat tours that tell you some history. It was excellent..

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Thanks snu70, for this great review. Thanks for visiting Lake Minnewanka, as you point out so much to do here. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view with qualified boat captains and interpretive tour guides or get right in and scuba dive down to a sunken village or the old hydro dam. I'd recommend the warmer option ;) Thanks for... More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful easy hikes along the lake, fantastic picking area, a lot of parking and only 10 minutes from downtown Banff, Alberta!

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi CarbonWave, thank you for this great review! Glad you enjoyed your day trip from the city, hope to see you again soon. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise More 

Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The scenery from the lake is amazing. As you cruise along the captain provides information on the landscape and nature in the area. If you are lucky you may even spot some wildlife on the mountains, we saw a black bear cub.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you for taking our one hour interpretive cruise NormLWat. Sounds like you had a great experience with our captain and seeing a black bear cub would be outstanding! Thanks for the review, hope to see you again. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise More 

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