We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lake Minnewanka

24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-3473
Website
Save
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 51.79*
and up
Banff Lake Cruise
More Info
US$ 56.80*
and up
Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
More Info
US$ 120.91*
and up
Banff National Park Tour with a Small Group
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“boat tour” (148 reviews)
“stewart canyon” (52 reviews)
“the loop” (58 reviews)
LOCATION
24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
CONTACT
Website
+1 403-762-3473
Ways to Experience Lake Minnewanka
from US$ 51.80
More Info
from US$ 56.80
More Info
from US$ 120.90
More Info
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (2,837)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"boat tour"
in 148 reviews
"stewart canyon"
in 52 reviews
"the loop"
in 58 reviews
"short drive from banff"
in 29 reviews
"big horn sheep"
in 45 reviews
"mountain goats"
in 56 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 28 reviews
"banff national park"
in 56 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 54 reviews
"sunny day"
in 27 reviews
"beautiful drive"
in 26 reviews
"banff area"
in 33 reviews
"canadian rockies"
in 31 reviews
"picnic"
in 181 reviews
"jack"
in 111 reviews
"dam"
in 54 reviews
"boating"
in 58 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 2,453 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A short drive from Banff, there are supposed to be good walking trails nearby. There was tons of snow, and we were only equipped for light hiking, an hour max. We were unable to go on any of the trails which were covered in snow...More

Thank Wander-n-BounTEA
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very scenic spot with some fantastic photo opportunities for those who like to capture landscapes. Only walked a short section of one trail, the lake is huge so what ever you do don't expect to get around it in half a day!

Thank The_Gastro_Gnome
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visit (April 14th) the lake with my family and friends. We had so much fun walking on top of the frozen lake. The only inconvenience was the washroom closed. I changed my daughter inside the trunk of my car.

Thank Angelina O
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely lake in the summer. Such a good place to go for a walk. The lake is such a lovely colour and has such beautiful surroundings. Its a great place to go for a walk in the summer.

Thank Ben D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful walk/hike to lake Minnewanka. The views were beautiful and the lake was still frozen.

Thank amgervais
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by here for a walk, to take in the view while the lake was frozen, it was really stunning and interesting to walk around, definitely worth stopping for.

Thank Tina L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always love this Lake at anytime of year. Now in March it’s still frozen and you can walk as far as is safe (take advice) or that you want to. It can get incredibly windy and gusty at times. But for the spectacle of this...More

Thank GSD250
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been here in summer and winter, during the day and at night. It is beautiful in its own way.best place to watch northern lights as well as the stars.

Thank Lovemylife2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

OMG. Must see. Referred over as a quick day trip by the concierge at the Chateau at lake Louise. But early for summer season so lake was mostly frozen. Most beautiful greens and blues ever with mtn back drop. May by busy in the warmer...More

Thank fishx711
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
PursuitCollection, General Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Hello fishx711, thanks for making the trip up to Lake Minnewanka. I'm glad you received such great advice from the concierge! Hope you can make it back again in the summertime to check out all that Minnewanka (and area) have to offer. Thanks again for...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 March 2018

This is a great experience if you are into lake and very cold water. Even on the hottest days, this lake will be freezing with it’s mountain runoff. Some amazing places for pictures, picnics and wildlife.

Thank Michael B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 33 hotels in Banff
Mount Royal Hotel
1,104 reviews
.34 km away
Brewster's Mountain Lodge
1,049 reviews
.45 km away
Banff Park Lodge Resort and Conference Centre
2,315 reviews
.53 km away
Bow View Lodge
865 reviews
.63 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Chuck's Steakhouse
230 reviews
.18 km away
Beaver Tails
485 reviews
.30 km away
COWS Banff
459 reviews
.37 km away
Balkan Restaurant
1,229 reviews
.29 km away
Nearby Attractions
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
475 reviews
.29 km away
Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
266 reviews
.17 km away
Banff Park Museum
358 reviews
.11 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Gary N
8 March 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from L H | Reviewed this property |
You will need one. It’s well off the beaten path, but worth it.
0
Votes
travelingmontez
22 January 2018|
Answer
Response from Cheryl C | Reviewed this property |
Sorry i cant help you.
-1
Votes
travelingmontez
15 January 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Dirk D | Reviewed this property |
Usually not due to the longer daylight hours. The aurora can be seen more often during winter and at farther north locations
1
Vote