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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.
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24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed today

A short drive away from Banff this lake is amazing. Make sure to stop along the way and take photos.

Thank DrM898
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I took a drive out to Lake Minnewanka with a friend and we found quite a few Elk hanging out on the side of the road. We were able to get pretty close to them. We also saw a mountain goat hanging out in the...More

Thank Will M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mountain lake that is very cold year round due to spring snow/glacier melt. But land locked scuba divers like to go here for some open water diving....... visibility is also poor due to glacial silt in the water.

Thank Gray T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful, lake no animals but every turn was breath taking. Take the time to see this gem, better then lake Louise.

Thank L H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

simply majestic place. as well Banff Tourist Center recommended to as this place as a good point to see the Boreal Auroras. it is so amazing how the mother nature display her majestic.

Thank AlvaroNYC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our hotel told us that we would most likely spot bears around Lake Minnewanka and Two Jacks Lake. We drove round as the sun was setting. It is a very beautiful drive and not far from Banff. Hiking through the forest was forbidden while we...More

Thank cocostravelsdotcom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely place to see , great scenery . Well worth the stop off on a full itinerary . Thoroughly recommended .

Thank Janice B
Reviewed 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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
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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.