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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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So much to see and not just the abundant wildlife. There is room for hikers, bike riders, canoeing not to mention the wildlife. We loved our first viewing of deer. The lake is... read more

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255068Karen
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So much to see and not just the abundant wildlife. There is room for hikers, bike riders, canoeing not to mention the wildlife. We loved our first viewing of deer. The lake is beautiful and mesmerizing. You must see Two Jack Lakes.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A nice navigable walk with views of the lake, mountains (still snow capped) and over the canyon bridge. The edges can been a bit narrow and not good when eople coming from both ways. Walked over the bridge (only till its closed 20h July). Quiet forest along the river and canyon. Need to be careful if you take children along... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Picture perfect views of mountains and the lake. There is a good lake cruise and fishing facilities as well. Also there is a good biking trail right from Canmore till this place ( should be more than 30 km trail). I wasn't prepared for biking and couldn't do. But it's a must for biking lovers. Spend good time for photography... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a glacial lake located in the Banff National Park. Give or take 5 Km from Banff Town. I love going for a drive there, it's got a few nice spots to take photos and if your lucky you could spot some wild life along the way.

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ON, CA
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful scenery. A "must-see" in Banff. Picturesque view especially at Two Jack lakes. Wildlife, sheep and deer were seen at sunset time

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Salina, Kansas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are looking for a great photo op of these majestic mountains with lake water in front of them, this is a place to consider. It's a 5 km drive from the highway to the lake, and a short walk from the parking lot to the lake. Lake boat tours are also available.

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Calgary, AB
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are headed to or from Banff, make sure to plan an hour or two to visit Lake Minnewanka. The parking lots are sparse and usually full, but people are always leaving so you just have to circle the parking lot a couple times. Many people park on the east side off of the highway and walk in. The... More 

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Liberty Township, Ohio
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This lake is very convenient to Banff, but gets you out of Banff and into some gorgeous scenery. The boat ride lasted about an hour and the tour guide gave a good overview of the lake and history. Wonderful views of the mountains that surround the lake created an opportunity to just take in the scenery and snap away to... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you Bob H for this great review. Glad you enjoyed your one hour interpretive tour with us on Lake Minnewanka. I couldn't agree more with the convenience factor, so close to Banff, but yet such a different view of Banff National Park that you see from downtown. Hope to see you again in the future. Travis Mann More 

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful drive. People were parked all over, and parked very poorly. Well worth a visit, but not on a long weekend.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hello FishFeather, thanks for visiting Lake Minnewanka. Glad you enjoyed your time despite the parking challenges. This past long weekend was a busy one with temperatures well above seasonal. We're excited that ROAM Transit is offering hourly service to Lake Minnewanka through until early September. This service is free for this inaugural season and is a sure way to avoid... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The cruise went for an hour,reasonably informative,have read some other reviews from some drama queens,its not that bad,its a tourist area,parking could be a problem in peak times,but we were there in early may and had no problems,make sure you do the ring road trip around,theres a few spots where Big horn sheep come down to lick the salt and... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi MattwithAmanda, thanks for the honest review of your experience. Glad you enjoyed your time with us on the water and fully support your suggestion to take the ring road past Two Jake Lake. Another great spot to see wildlife. If you're back this summer check out ROAM Transit, offering free transportation service to Lake Minnewanka through to September. Thanks... More 

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