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Minnewanka Loop / Lake Johnson

Lake Minnewanka Drive | Continuation of Banff Avenue to Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1K2, Canada
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Highly recommended for those staying near the city of Banff

The loop is 10-20 minutes away from the city of Banff and just takes 1/2-1 hour to drive. But you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Danupon
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Stockholm, Sweden
Such a beautiful drive

I have driven this many times and I love it every time I visit. In my youth I used to dive in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ian K
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Edmonton, Canada
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“hand turn” (2 reviews)
“scenic drive” (4 reviews)
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Lake Minnewanka Drive | Continuation of Banff Avenue to Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1K2, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The loop is 10-20 minutes away from the city of Banff and just takes 1/2-1 hour to drive. But you got to visit a few lakes and see some wildlife. There is also a picnic area. This time I came to Banff with seniors who...More

1  Thank Danupon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have driven this many times and I love it every time I visit. In my youth I used to dive in Minnewanka and Two Jack, They are beautiful lakes and taking a slow drive, stopping to enjoy the views and wander a bit is...More

Thank Ian K
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Reviewed 15 December 2017

You need a car or to be on a tour to experience this road (or have good cycling legs), but if you can get out here, do so. Firstly, in the winter, it's not a loop: it takes the anti-clockwise leg, and ends at Lake...More

Thank BenLar137
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

The drive was very scenic and the water was blue as ice, wonderful drive. Disappointed in the lack of wildlife was expecting something. The mountains and waterways more than made up for it.

Thank Robin M
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

We always drive around the loop when we are in Banff. It has some pretty views and sometimes we have seen wildlife. This last time we saw a large male elk on the side of the road. There are several large lakes on the loop...More

1  Thank lynnlees62
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

The Minnewanka Loop was a great scenic drive and does provide great scenic views around the lakes. Lake Minnewanka does have the best views among them. Its a nice spot to see wildlife - we got to see the Rocky Mountain sheep and its babies...More

Thank Chaitanya S
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

Ask around Banff where the best place is to view wildlife, and you will be directed up route 1A. We tried this, and it was an epic FAILURE. There was not a single animal to be found, and we tried on two different days around...More

Thank pokerpro05
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

Lake Minnwanka and Johnson Lake are both located about 15 minutes north of Banff along a scenic drive. The drive to these lakes was beautiful as the narrow paved road wound through meadows and forests and offered gorgeous views of the mountain scenery. I even...More

Thank BrittanyAdventures
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Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Johnson lake was a great little spot. Oh can swim in the lake (although chilly, you soon get used to it). It wasn't very known so not too busy. Also offers a few places to walk/hike. There are picnic benches around so can even have...More

1  Thank JessPx
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Not so well known, hence low human traffic here. Do drop by for some lovely photo shots by the lake and perhaps in the woods; elderly may need a trekking pole.

Thank Derrick A
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jeancoops2
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by the way... Anywhere around Banff, lake Louise, yoho perhaps Thanks again
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