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Lake Minnewanka

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Address: 24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Banff National Park's largest waterway.

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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

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Paradise!

I can't describe it, just look at the pictures and go. Not hard to hike at all. Personally this is the best time of year to visit the mountains.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can't describe it, just look at the pictures and go. Not hard to hike at all. Personally this is the best time of year to visit the mountains.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review Canadianswhotravel16. Words can't describe the feeling one gets at Lake Minnewanka. Pictures are a good start, but as you mention... just go. Thanks for stopping by. Travis More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great easy hike, depending on how far you want to go. starting from the carpark, once we got to the more rocky path we stopped, where there's better views of the lake and mountain from the other side. Trees kind of blocked the way but there's a lot of nice lake photos to be taken

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review daveqq. The hike along the north shore is definitely worth the effort. Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope you managed some great photos during your trip. Regards, Travis More 

Buderim, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are plenty of lakes and streams to visits around Banff and this is the worth the effort. Plenty of stones along the shore to practice skipping stones.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi Gregory L, thanks for the recommendation to visit Lake Minnewanka. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Banff National Park, and I hope your skipping improved a little too! Thanks, Travis Mann, Manager, Banff Lake Cruise More 

Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the first lake I have had the opportunity to see in Alberta, Canada. I was expecting a lot, but this place is so beautiful. Something, I am not used to see in Europe, esp. in Czech Republic. Later, you get used to such vast views while you are in Canada, but this one was the first one for... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you for the review hondras007, thrilled to read your experience at Lake Minnewanka. There are so many wonderful lakes in the Canadian Rockies. I hope you manged to visit more of them while you where visiting. Hope to see you again in the future. Travis More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful lake with lots of walks and photo opportunities. Clean friendly staff explaining attractions to see. Wildlife seen in plenty. Worth a vusit

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi nick g, thanks for stopping by Lake Minnewanka. I appreciate you acknowledging our friendly staff. Glad you enjoyed your time here. Travis Mann More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have visited this lake a few times and it's never a disappointment. If you're lucky you might even catch a rainbow if the sun and rain are both out. Truly beautiful.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you Annalee D for this wonderful review. Nice to hear you keep coming back to Lake Minnewanka, it's a truly special place. You're bound to see a few rainbows at Minnewanka in the summer time, the weather changes so quickly and I agree, beautiful. Thanks again for your review. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise More 

Airdrie, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You get to see majestic mountains. We got to take the boat ride on Lake Minnewanka and it was nice and peaceful. The guide was also very informative. But nothing tops the view! Better on a clear day.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you ChloeChimb for taking our one hour interpretive cruise and thanks for this great review. Thrilled to read you found the experience peaceful and our guide informative. I can't take credit for the amazing views, but I'm glad we could be a part of it. Thanks for sharing. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise More 

Drayton Valley, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town of Banff. Watch out for the mountain sheep that are wandering all over the road and the cliffs along the road. The drive is very scenic and overall, a lovely drive. Well worth the drive to see it...especially in the winter when the lake... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

What a great review Sharon L! Thank you for taking the time to review us. The big horn sheep are often spotted on or near the road - fun to watch them. The weather has been getting cooler as of late, but still no ice. Come on back soon, as it won't be long until the Lake is fully frozen.... More 

Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my girlfriend arrived in Banff aiming to do the gondola on the first day. Unfortunately when we arrived there was large amounts of cloud cover over the mountains so there would be no point in going up into the gondola as we wouldn't have seen anything. This was a great alternative to drive around the big loop and... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thanks Andrew D for this wonderful review. Sounds like you made a great day of it despite the cloud cover. The drive to Lake Minnewanka is stunning and I agree fully, the weather changes quickly in the mountains. Hope you made it to the Banff Gondola on another day while in the area. Regards, Travis More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The water was just gorgeous. Easy drive in from Banff and some beautiful views and stops along the way. The roads were totally clear and easy to drive without snow tires. Really worth it, if just for the photo ops alone!

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi Kbrzoznowski, thanks for stopping by Lake Minnewanka, glad you enjoyed your time here and the views made the trip worth it. Come on back in the summer! Travis M. More 

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