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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took a drive up and did a bit of hiking. Was very awesome views and scenery. Will go back to check it out in the summer

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Peddler J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day trip up! The view is amazing and walking on the lake was awesome. Barely any people around. We just had regular boots and out door gear and we where fine. We originally went because we thought we could skate there and you can’t...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lake was frozen but the view was beautiful. Nice drive up into the mountain. Scenic view points dotted along the way.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mick P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were stopping in Banff a few days and a friend from work recommended I went. We bought day rovers and the route to Minnewanka was covered. I believe they only run certain times of the year. It was nice going on n our own...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank elainemC1582YZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

jaw dropping experience to enjoy the frozen lake and surrounding mountains of spectacular banff national park

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank powdermonkey007
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Buy the Ultimate Explorer Pass online. You save up to 20% if you book in advance. It gets you a pass to the lake cruise, Banff Gondola tickets, as well as a ride on Athabasca Glacier. Well worth it to do all these things!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mueller85
Reviewed 10 February 2019 via mobile

Love this mountain/lake landscape, frozen, great views short flat walk suitable for all or perfect to visit just for the photo opportunity.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 1Sera
Reviewed 3 February 2019

We stopped at Lake Minnewanka on an extremely cold afternoon and it was almost deserted. I don’t think that I’ve ever been to such a perfectly beautiful place. The water was so still and the reflections of the mountains were just incredible. You really must...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hatushlish K
Reviewed 27 January 2019 via mobile

Beauty day! Beautiful place! Lots to do in the winter. Cross country skiing was fantastic. I saw fat bikers, ice skaters, snowshoers, hikers and lots of sightseers. Worth a visit in any season.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank deathracerJH
Reviewed 24 January 2019

lovely place and easily accessibale park staff were great and helpful as bears had been seen nearby great place for a picnic and day out

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Paul R
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Emma C
16 January 2019|
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Response from Mahendra h | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a bus service which would be more appropriate way of travelling due to heavy trafic during the season. There is a bus station beside the road where you can leave your car and get into the shuttle service to... More
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 428amandad | 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.