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Lake Minnewanka

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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24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Arrived about 10am and was lucky enough to see an Elk grazing at the side of the road just before the entrance to the lake. I also managed to photographs several chipmunks running around the beach area. Tried to purchase a ticket for a lake...More

Thank shearsjj
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Take a boat ride across the largest lake and enjoy the ride with guides explain history of the lake and look for wildlife.the tour is narrated by a Cher Indian and shows ow and arrow and rawhide he made. See the famous spirit island.

Thank rebelwebb
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Traveling for our 25th wedding anniversary. We took a detour to go drive around the lake. So many spots to pull over and the drive is so relaxing and beautiful. There was even an "animal traffic jam" as two (mountain goat? Female elk? Note sure)...More

Thank tlz259
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited quite early and there weren't that many people around and it was so peaceful. Beautiful lake with optional boat trip (we didn't do that because we did a similar one at Maligne Lake). We had no trouble parking but by the time we...More

Thank Gill C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The drove around this and neighboring lakes which was a nice thing to do. We saw some big horn sheep. We walked out to boat dock for a picture. They have a boat ride but that did not interest us. Not a must do but...More

Thank Visalia11
Reviewed 4 days ago

We enjoyed our half day outing to Lake Minnewanka. This apparently is a very popular place for Banff locals both Summer (for boating fishing, mountain biking, hiking etc) and Winter (ice fishing, cross country skiing etc). We took a short stroll around the lake from...More

Thank DGarethOwen
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful lake that is also a scuba location. Nice beach and picnicing area. On two trips to the lake we saw elk and mule deer each times.

Thank dandlwelder
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful place to visit scenery stunning a great trip round the lake learning about the history the monster and all other information thoroughly recommend a visit.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful lake. Nice trails which are easy. Unfortunately we could not follow the entire lakeside trail because of restless bears.

Thank Ernst t
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Banff and Yoho national parks have so many lakes - Bow, Peyto, Esmerald, Moraine... that are breathtaking and almost surreal with their blue colors, and they make the beautiful Lake Minnewanka look "ugly" in comparison. Still, its a - must see if you have time...More

Thank Vicente R
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

It's hard being surrounded by such beautiful neighbors. Vicente R, Lakes have feelings and they don't like being called "ugly" Ha, thanks for stopping by and by the sounds of it, you had a wonderful time in the Parks. Regards, Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake...More

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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
16 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
7 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.