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Beautiful scenery

I found Johnson Lake to be more impressive. It is a nice easy walk around the lake. You might even... read more

Reviewed October 18, 2018
qbntxn
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Houston, Texas
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Lovely spot to soak up the sun!

Our family took the loop and was planning for a quick stop at the lake to cool off. We ended up... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2018
minnesota1215
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Red Wing, Minnesota
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Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

I found Johnson Lake to be more impressive. It is a nice easy walk around the lake. You might even spot the former hermit’s cabin in the woods.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

Our family took the loop and was planning for a quick stop at the lake to cool off. We ended up staying several hours! Park in the main lot, then walk the shoreline. The crowds are few the farther you go from the parking lot....More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank minnesota1215
Reviewed July 30, 2018

Let me put it straight, your visit to Banff would not be complete without doing this loop. And here are some reasons why: 1) Chances of spotting wildlife in this area are very high - cariboo, deer, bears, bighorn sheep, etc. 2) Those views! -...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank Jan M
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

Take a drive to picturesque lakes just outside of Banff. We saw deer and big horn sheep along the way. Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack lakes are very pretty. Lots of places to have a picnic..

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

Minnewanka Loop\Lake Jackson also known lake of the spirits, Alberta's Banff National Park requires purchase of a day pass then parking is included.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 19, 2018

The Minnewanka Lake Loop was on our itinerary and after a few busy days, we almost nixed going there. I'm so glad we rallied because the lake is very easy to walk around. We even heard that there had been a grizzly bear sighting earlier...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

There are two routes to Lake Minnewanka. We took the other one on the way up. It wasn't particular scenic, though we did spot a black bear in a clearing, so it was worth it! But this loop was truly spectacular, especially Two Jack Lake....More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Chin711
Reviewed May 7, 2018

The loop is 10-20 minutes away from the city of Banff and just takes 1/2-1 hour to drive. But you got to visit a few lakes and see some wildlife. There is also a picnic area. This time I came to Banff with seniors who...More

Date of experience: May 2018
4  Thank Danupon
Reviewed May 6, 2018

I have driven this many times and I love it every time I visit. In my youth I used to dive in Minnewanka and Two Jack, They are beautiful lakes and taking a slow drive, stopping to enjoy the views and wander a bit is...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank 510iank
Reviewed December 15, 2017

You need a car or to be on a tour to experience this road (or have good cycling legs), but if you can get out here, do so. Firstly, in the winter, it's not a loop: it takes the anti-clockwise leg, and ends at Lake...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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C738KJdennisc
February 12, 2017|
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Is there any public transportation to make "the loop" drive? Johnson Lake, etc. I've never heard mention of cabs in Banff area?? Won't have a car and want to do the lake hikes. Thank you
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jeancoops2
July 3, 2016|
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by the way... Anywhere around Banff, lake Louise, yoho perhaps Thanks again
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