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Lake Minnewanka

24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-3473
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US$ 53.50*
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US$ 58.68*
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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
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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.
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  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
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24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-3473
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We drove out to Lake Minnewanka one afternoon on our way back to Banff. Even with snowy roads the drive only took a few minutes. The highlight was seeing the huge herd of elk in the meadow before you reach the first lake!

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Reviewed yesterday

We took the wine and cheese cruise in August 2017 and it was wonderful, it was the most perfect way to see the lake, the sun was setting, the wine was flowing and the food selection was great! The tour guide speaker was very informative...More

Thank kreed10
Reviewed 4 days ago

A walk, hike, or snowshoe around the north edge of Lake Minnewanka is worth the effort. You will be rewarded with stunning views. Note--during the months of July-Sept you must hike in groups of 4. The bear activity around the lake is such that the...More

Thank Macbe
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stopped here on a whim near sunset and it was totally worth the stop. You're able to walk out on the lake in the winter and it provides some awesome views of the mountains. Locals playing hockey + ice skating, people wandering about the lake,...More

Thank Nikki M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Nice drive about Banff area, very close. we skated on 2 jack lake which is almost attached. Lots of people use this area.

Thank SIG D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s an absolutely amazing spot, highly recommend. We don’t have the guts to go scuba diving to the underwater resort, however our tour guide explained it very well.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. I don't think you're alone in passing on scuba diving! Glad you enjoyed your visit to Lake Minnewanka. Hope to see you again in the future. Travis

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great setting for a family visit any time of year. We enjoyed a beautiful walk in the crisp January air following a cold snap. What a delight to see a herd of elk on the way! It is not unusual to spot wildlife, but this...More

Thank lemon910
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello lemon910, thanks for this great review. Nice to read you enjoyed your beautiful walk along the lake. Hope you can make it back to visit us in the spring. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Short drive from Banff. Saw Elk on the drive which was nice, pretty scenery and easy drive. Worthwhile seeing and able to walk out on frozen lake to boat refuelling station which is neat.

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were not so fortunate when we arrived at Minnewanka Lake for sadly the vista was again hidden in the clouds that turned the waters a dark blue hue. Still, we were lucky to get some brilliant rays of sunlight streaming through the clouds and...More

Thank Kelleygirl2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Simply breathtaking!!! So enjoyed the view and the scenery! Mountain goats made their way to the road and kept us entertained as a great bonus!!!

Thank Ca Lyn J
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15 January 2018|
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Response from AlvaroNYC | Reviewed this property |
May be i al not sure but from Edmonton you have more chances because it’s more up to the north
Judy e
24 July 2017|
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Response from Makkansutra | Reviewed this property |
Check the weather forecast during your trip first as they are quite accurate . I would suggest layers , proper rain or wet gear . Do keep warmer clothes and gloves for higher altitude activities . Cheers
Michelle D
17 January 2017|
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Response from CarbonWave | Reviewed this property |
There have been some good-old cold spells this winter (-30 DegC for almost a week) that have given the lakes some thick ice - 300 to 600 mm thick. However, the temperature swings have been extreme and you may luck out with... More