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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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Banff National Park's largest waterway.
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  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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

This is the biggest body of water in Banff National Park. In the summer, boaters and fishers love it, hikers dig walking along the lakeside trails, and and some even go so far as Mt Alymer, either just to its old fire lookout or even...More

Thank BenLar137
Reviewed 5 days ago

A short drive away from Banff this lake is amazing. Make sure to stop along the way and take photos.

Thank DrM898
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took a drive out to Lake Minnewanka with a friend and we found quite a few Elk hanging out on the side of the road. We were able to get pretty close to them. We also saw a mountain goat hanging out in the...More

Thank Will M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mountain lake that is very cold year round due to spring snow/glacier melt. But land locked scuba divers like to go here for some open water diving....... visibility is also poor due to glacial silt in the water.

Thank Gray T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful, lake no animals but every turn was breath taking. Take the time to see this gem, better then lake Louise.

Thank L H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

simply majestic place. as well Banff Tourist Center recommended to as this place as a good point to see the Boreal Auroras. it is so amazing how the mother nature display her majestic.

Thank AlvaroNYC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our hotel told us that we would most likely spot bears around Lake Minnewanka and Two Jacks Lake. We drove round as the sun was setting. It is a very beautiful drive and not far from Banff. Hiking through the forest was forbidden while we...More

Thank cocostravelsdotcom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely place to see , great scenery . Well worth the stop off on a full itinerary . Thoroughly recommended .

Thank Janice B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Easy access off of TC1 - great views and walking trails. Crossing the dam by vehicle offers amazing mountain and lake views!

Thank Jim L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a hike around part of the lake. Beautiful area and recommend it. Suggest using your mountain bike if the weather allows it. Great place.

Thank lifeisgood456
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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.