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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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There’s no comparing the emerald green waters of Minnewanka with any urban landscape. Mountain ridges stretch as far as the eye can see, eventually blurring into a blissful cascade of colours.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“boat tour” (152 reviews)
“stewart canyon” (51 reviews)
“the loop” (58 reviews)
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24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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"boat tour"
in 152 reviews
"stewart canyon"
in 51 reviews
"the loop"
in 58 reviews
"short drive from banff"
in 29 reviews
"big horn sheep"
in 45 reviews
"mountain goats"
in 55 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 27 reviews
"banff national park"
in 56 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 54 reviews
"nice drive"
in 42 reviews
"sunny day"
in 27 reviews
"banff area"
in 33 reviews
"canadian rockies"
in 31 reviews
"picnic"
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"jack"
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"boating"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited in winter s it was iced over but we had a bit of fun digging through the snow to reach the ice below and visited the red chairs. Probably much nicer in summer. Nice view of the surrounding mountains

Thank Sammy Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a hard right before Banff and took the drive to lake minnewanka passing two jack lake on the way. Beautiful in the snow with both lakes frzen. Highlight was watching the ice hockey game on two jack lake. Great scenery all round.

Thank Larry C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must visit if in the Banff area. Amazing scenery, in every season. Look out for big horn sheep, black and grizzly bears, elk and goats. The lakes are crystal clear, and beautiful when frozen in winter. Great for ice skating.

Thank Joanne W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We are from Minnesota, USA, the land of 10,000 lakes. THIS LAKE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL!!! The most beautiful lake I have ever been to. You must go! And it's free, free parking, plenty of room to walk around. There are lake tours and scuba diving...More

Thank LizzyT33
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PursuitCollection, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Awesome!! What a wonderful review LizzyT33. Thank you very much for stopping by. I'm thrilled you found the area so beautiful. If you're back in the warmer season we carry some Lake Minnewanka branded merchandise in the Boathouse on the dock. Hope to see you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the many great lakes in the area. Though I personally found either Peyto or Morraine to be far more pretty, Lake Minnewanka is much larger and offers a few different recreation opportunities. We rented a small motor boat for a few hours and...More

Thank EricC883
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PursuitCollection, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi EricC883, thanks for visiting and posting about your time at Lake Minnewanka. Love reading that you rented one of our small rental boats and enjoyed the lake up close! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Banff National Park. Regards, Travis Mann...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been recommended to go to see this lake but the weather was not great. It is in beautiful surroundings with lots of walks around it. I got a great photo of a chipmunk playing in the rocks by the side of the lake.

Thank Buch78
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hugest of all the lakes in Banff National Park and the deepest. You can go for lake cruises or hire kayaks. There is a snack shop that you can buy food from. This lake was raised by 25% to generate power for the hydro...More

Thank white0nes
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This lake is beautiful and we were able to enjoy it. I highly recommend to visit this lake when you are there including a boat trip.

Thank goutamg787
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lake Minnewanka seems to get overlooked sometimes, but well worth a stop! A great spot for families.

Thank adventuringanne
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The name as I understand it means something akin to, "Holy Water" in the local First Nation dialect of the Stoney Nakoda people. This is a special place and it helps to hike in a ways to really get it. Make sure to practice Bear...More

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travelingmontez
22 January 2018|
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Response from Cheryl C | Reviewed this property |
Sorry i cant help you.
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Response from Dirk D | Reviewed this property |
Usually not due to the longer daylight hours. The aurora can be seen more often during winter and at farther north locations
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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
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