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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%
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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 3 days ago via mobile

Easy access off of TC1 - great views and walking trails. Crossing the dam by vehicle offers amazing mountain and lake views!

Thank Jim L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went for a hike around part of the lake. Beautiful area and recommend it. Suggest using your mountain bike if the weather allows it. Great place.

Thank lifeisgood456
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good for a short trip out from Banff itself. Like most of the Canadian lakes it is picturesque and a perfect place to go stretch your legs and take a few photos

Thank Amsu100
Reviewed 1 week ago

Minnewanka lake is quite a big lake which has a boat tour around the lake. The water was so crystal clear with beautiful surrounding mountains.

Thank andri_sw
Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive from Calgary to Jasper is punctuated not only by several mountains but also by aquamarine coloured lakes. In Banff alone you have several lakes that have glorious views of the snow capped mountains surrounding Banff town. One of these lakes is Lake Minnewanka,...More

Thank betty l
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came to Banff with my boyfriend for a 3-day trip and it was one of the best nature experience I've ever had. The views were stunning and took my breath away. If you have some time to spare, do sign up for the boat...More

Thank reginahnah
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lake Minnewanka has some unique craggy rocks jutting out into the water that provide unique photo shots. Be sure to walk past the popular shoreline for a lovely walk up the canyon and through beautiful forest. If you have the time, the boat tour is...More

Thank Banffyoga
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the driving loop to and through Lake Minnewanka and it was well worth the morning. Great views at each stop and as it had just snowed it was crisp, clean and a true winter scenic wonderland. We saw elk at two different spots...More

Thank Dirk D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So beautiful to walk along the lake on the trails. Very little traffic in October, but can get cold. It is also the best, low light pollution area to see the Northern Lights. Note that a LOT of the trails in the area have group...More

Thank Amy_WithaViewTravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once again in the Rockies,we come across a huge lake,affording spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.Well worth a photo stop and a stretch of your legs. When open,you can rent a variety of small boats,even go for a "cruise" Washroom facilities are available just off...More

Thank IAN W
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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.