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Lake Minnewanka

24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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US$ 52.23*
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Banff Lake Cruise
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US$ 56.58*
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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
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US$ 116.07*
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Banff and Lake Louise Full-Day Tour with a Small Group
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Banff National Park's largest waterway.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely lake with a scenic road surrounding it. Handicapped acessible picnic tables are available and a small little coffee shop for takeaway. Cruises are available but too smokey from wildfires when we visited to make a lake cruise enticing. Goats nearby and a real treat...More

Thank PatticakeK
Reviewed 2 days ago

One hour ride with first half-hour featuring talk about the environment. Second half left for taking pictures.

Thank christinabednarski
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi christinabednarski, thank you for taking our one hour interpretive cruise. Glad to read you found it educational. I hope you managed to snap a few great photographs. Thanks, Travis Mann, Manager, Banff Lake Cruise

Reviewed 3 days ago

Really scenic views from all parts of the trail. Trail is in excellent condition. Saw several small animals and one huge bull Elk

1  Thank Maureen E
Reviewed 3 days ago

Didn't take a lake cruise, just walked along the shoreline with a few stops to take in the peace and tranquility of the area. Lots of information boards with just enough commercialisation not to intrude to much. Recommended way of spending 2 to 3 hrs,

Thank adriansaggers
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Lake is very picturesque surrounded by mountains. Wildlife can often be viewed along the way. We were fortunate to find mountain sheep near the lakeshore and caribou enroute. Definitely worth the trip.

Thank Diana G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

About 15 minutes out of Banff, it is a very pretty drive up to the lake in the lake itself is set up in the mountains and a gorgeous setting. We were there on a somewhat rainy days so we weren't able to appreciate as...More

Thank Fastphilad
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Fastphilad, thanks for this nice review. Couldn't agree more that the drive up from Banff is worth the time just for the scenery alone (also a good place to spot wildlife). Just to clarify, our large tour boats run rain or shine as they...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The 1 hr. cruise was a delight! The two folks piloting & doing the triplog were knowledgeable, funny & engaging. The lake was majestic. If you are in the Banff area, take the time!

Thank drm0223
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for the review and recommendation drm0223! We appreciate it. Travis Mann, Manager, Banff Lake Cruise

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went in September on Lake tour at 10AM , perfect as no crowds yet and water calm. Beautiful colored lake that is due to the glacial rock flour. We did a Brewster Lake Cruise which was worth it for a relaxing, informative excursion. But there...More

Thank ariceli79
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello ariceli79, thanks for the this great review. My favorite time at the Lake is first thing in the morning, so peaceful. I'm glad you found the boat tour informative and relaxing. Hope to see you again in the future. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Lake and surrounding area was beautiful and very scenic. Tour was good in itself, only issue was the boat was very noisy. Otherwise nice trip. Plenty of opportunities for taking pictures.

Thank kamytoor
Reviewed 6 days ago

Arrived about 10am and was lucky enough to see an Elk grazing at the side of the road just before the entrance to the lake. I also managed to photographs several chipmunks running around the beach area. Tried to purchase a ticket for a lake...More

Thank shearsjj
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello shearsjj, thank you for this nice review. Sorry you weren't able to secure a seat on our boat tour. Your suggestion to pre-purchase is on point. Doing so online is easiest, but can also be done onsite or at any Explore Rockies desk in...More

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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
8 December 2016|
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Response from relatedgroup | Reviewed this property |
I would look into the gondola or a view from a height. The lake is beautiful but surrounded by mountains so I don't think it would be my first choice. Try to get some elavation.