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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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“stewart canyon” (51 reviews)
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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 1 week ago

This natural lake was enlarged for recreational use, and judging by the docks, piers and boats we saw, it is well used! Beautiful lake. We didn't boat, just walked on the docks and enjoyed the afternoon, very serene!

Thank happy_in_paris_10
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a beautiful place with less tourist than the other lakes in Banff National Park. Take a short hike along the lake and you will feel like you are the only one there

Thank Vince210_210
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The lake itself is beautiful nestled in the bowl of the valley. Drive along the minnewanka loop and you may encounter elk.

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit and hike to the bridge over the canyon...such beautiful water and plenty of wildlife present. Made me want to ride a MTB back there...will have one next visit.

Thank clarkscottkent
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another wonderful lake in the Rockies. Quite close to Banff and definitely worth the trip. Quite close by is two jack lake which also has a beach, albeit frozen when we visited. Great for taking pictures.

Thank AK6
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing place to relax in! We came here with a few friends for a small easy hike up the mountains and down to the creek - the hike was along the lake side, and the shady areas make this hike very cool and...More

1  Thank bbbicious
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a tour package from Brewster and opted for Lake Maligne in Jasper National Park than this lake. I am so glad we did not opt for this lake. The view which this lake offers is very average. While driving through the Icefields Parkway,...More

Thank preetesh V
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Lake to enjoy the views of the water an the surrounding snow-covered mountains. Well worth the 50km drive from Banff. We hd intended to take the boat trip along the lake but there was a four hour wait. There is a restaurant...More

Thank Patrick C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This lake is definitely worth a visit. The water is so clear and blue that you can see very deep down. The trails around the lake go right by the water.

Thank Sebastian K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This lake is not as nice as some other lakes, but while in Canada you are spoiled for choice. Two Jacks Lake up the road impressed me more.

Thank loretta s
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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.