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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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Thank sawbograham
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really easy to get too and worth the views. Even when cloudy and cold, it isn't hard to get to so I would definitely recommend.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Q7767NSnicolea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited in late Nov and it was the only lake we saw that wasn’t entirely frozen. Emerald green waters and beautiful backdrop of snow covered mountains. Kids were ice skating and playing hockey on make shift rinks. Would definitely recommend to visit!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tbvann
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did not bother stopping here just used the drive to reach the other lakes. It was pleasant to drive across the dam and to see part of the lake and the tour boats. There were hordes of tourists so it was unpleasant to get...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank E2684TNpickyfromuk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You have to go it’s amazing do the walk stunning photo opportunities See photos attached make sure you have right foot ware

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bcs0
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is the most amazingly beautiful Lake and you shoudn't miss seeing it. The mountains, forest and water were mesmerizing.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank OrchardOrchid
Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

Great boat trip with information about the local area, wildlife and history. Maple tea was tasty at the local Cafe/ Hut. Good trip to do on a clear and dry day.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Emma H
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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 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