Lake Minnewanka
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Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Rachita M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views with history on the lake
    Beautiful views. Liba our tour guide made the one and half hour ride go by quickly by sharing so much knowledge about the lake and the natives. Highly recommend this cruise. The entire staff was very friendly and accommodating!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Dena L
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views from Minnewanka
    Lyba was full of character and information throughout our tour. Quinn also answered questions and kept the boat cruise a fun time. The views from the boat are spectacular and something you can’t get anywhere else besides the Rocky Mountains. The conversation Lyba started about the Indigenous peoples of the area was very one sided. It was full of ideas about settler colonialism. It would be worthwhile for Pursuit to invest in a more well rounded conversation about the local history and all of the people who have inhabited this land would benefit the people who come visit Alberta from all over the world.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 13, 2023
  • TennisStar602
    New Jersey668 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was my first (1st) stop in Banff National Park, and it was a great introduction to the park.
    I went to this lake as my first (1st) stop in Banff National Park. There was a decent sized parking lot. The lake was beautiful with its color and the surrounding mountains were the cream of the crop. The mountains has huge evergreen trees and snow-capped mountains. People walked alongside the lake and I even saw a few boaters.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 13, 2023
  • OnAir66441164885
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best cruising at Lake Minnewanka
    My family had an Excellent time with Captain Ben & Joe today at Lake Minnewanka with their experienced cruising and insightful history sharing with us. Hope to share with friends too. Thanks Ben & Joe!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Rafael Teixeira Castelo
    Vancouver, Canada163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    But it is worth going, for sure.
    Great staff and nice cruise ride but I confess I was expecting a bit more... I don't know, maybe going a bit further down the lake between the hills or maybe stopping and dropping off for a short walk along the trees. But it is worth going, for sure.
    Visited August 2022
    Written July 16, 2023
  • angeldawn
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Liam and Kirstie
    We are visiting from New Brunswick and my two daughters, ages 10 and 13, had such an amazing time. Captain Liam and Kirstie were awesome. The girls found it extremely interesting to hear the stories of the history of Lake Minnewanka. Liam and Kirstie were friendly and kind, knowledgeable and charming and very high spirited. I would definitely recommend this cruise with Pursuit
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Anne D
    Sydney, Australia68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very interesting excursion on a beautiful part of the world
    Book your time online if possible as you can easily coordinate a boat trip with the gondola as a package deal if you know what time you are going to do these things. We did both but on 2 days. The guide on the boat was funny and informative.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Linda M
    Lincoln, Nebraska14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Lake. Informative.
    This was a very pleasant and informative boat ride. There are so many beautiful lakes in the region and now I know why from a geological standpoint. We also learned about the first-nations people who were there way before us. The length of the ride was perfect and our captain and guide, Quinn and Delaney were knowledgeable and delightful.
    Great to read you enjoyed your cruise with us and learned a couple things along the way. I'll pass on your note to Quinn and Delaney. Regards, Travis Mann Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    Written August 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Vibarajan V
    Austin, Texas1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent crew : Thank you Gena and Jacob !
    We did the cruise at Lake Minnewanka. We got delayed by 10-15 mins for the appt time due to parking issue. There were several folks missed appt like us. The registration folks arranged special cruise for us. Gena and Jacob did the rude for us. Gena answered all our questions well. We enjoyed the whole trip.
    Thanks for visiting Lake Minnewanka, we're glad you enjoyed the cruise and we appreciate the call out of Gina and Jacob! They are both amazing team members. Thanks for your patience with the parking challenges. On your next visit it's worth checking out Roam Transit, they offer great service to Minnewanka at the bus fare is complimentary for ticket holders on their date of departure. Thanks, Travis Mann Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    Written August 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Akansha M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent!
    Our tour guide, Liam and our Pilot Jordon were exceedingly pleasant, knowledgeable, and personable. They made our visit much more enjoyable. They were simply incredible. They were on time, intelligent, kind, and had insight about the tour. They just had a nice demeanour that made us all pleased. Thank you very much, Liam and Jordon, for making our cruise to the Minnewanka Lake so memorable.
    Wow! What a wonderful review. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful review and mention of Liam and Jordan. We really appreciate what they bring to the table everyday and thank you for recognizing their amazing efforts. Hope to see you again. Travis Mann Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    Written September 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
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goodmanboy
Cork, Ireland70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Lake Minnewanka is a short trip outside Banff which can be driven in a pleasant loop that also takes in Two Jack Lake. On the day we visited, the weather was overcast but the scenery was still wonderful. Boat trips are available which can take you far down the lake but we just walked around the closest part. It was peaceful and provided a real escape from the busy world.
Written January 6, 2024
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Hi goodmanboy, Thanks for choosing the Minnewanka area to escape the busy world for a little while! Hope to see you again. Travis Mann General Manager Lake Minnewanka Cruise
Written February 12, 2024
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Kevin L
Tiny, Canada244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Beautiful lake between Banff and Canmore. The hike out to the bridge is fairly level and not too rocky and has some beautiful views all along the way. The drive out is not that scenic but the lake area is quite nice. Great spot for a picnic. Good bathrooms at the site
Written September 30, 2023
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Kaz M
Sans Souci, Australia524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Just a highlight of the day. Gorgeous views and very peace inspiring to breath and enjoy the day. Where possible make sure you get the best quality photos.
Written September 22, 2023
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eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
Singapore, Singapore828 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
There are so many lakes in the Rockies and this one in my opinion is mediocre. Kayaking is available for rental.

Can skip if time doesn't permit.
Written September 21, 2023
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GPaCalgary
Calgary, Canada2,294 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Once we had a chance to spend some time to view Two Jack Lake, we went on the road and stopped to take in Lake Minnewanka. I had not been here for twenty years so my memories of how beautiful it was had faded.
Written September 12, 2023
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Hi GPaCalgary, glad you had the opportunity to come back to the Minnewanka area to refresh your memory. Don't wait another 20 years before you come back! All the best, Travis Mann Lake Minnewanka Cruise
Written September 13, 2023
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA2,011 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We took a tour which stopped at Lake Minnewanka for about 20 minutes for pictures. Within that 20 minutes we didn’t see much or have time for hiking, but it was indeed beautiful. Some others we met in our hotel said they saw bighorn sheep in that area one day. Also, our guide said that if we wanted to see wildlife, we should return to this area. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go back. Next trip.
Written September 10, 2023
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Hello tinaNtravel, thanks for the quick stop at Lake Minnewanka. Glad you enjoyed the amazing scenery. Next time we hope to welcome you aboard one of our tour boats. My recommendation is the Beer Voyage, departing daily at 5 pm! Have a great holiday. Travis Mann Lake Minnewanka Cruise
Written September 13, 2023
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Alex S
London, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We arrived late in the afternoon hoping to rent kayaks but were told the weather wasn’t good enough and to check back in 45 mins. When we went back it was only motor boats that they were renting (due to the continuing winds) so we decided to go for one of those. The staff were helpful and friendly and despite it being a little choppy on the water it was great fun and no one minded that we hadn’t got to kayak.
Written September 9, 2023
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Hi alexsA9163CJ, thanks for taking the time to share your experience. Too bad the weather didn't cooperate for a kayak rental, but I'm thrilled to learn you enjoyed your rental boat experience nonetheless. I hope you enjoyed your time in Banff National Park. Regards, Travis Mann Lake Minnewanka Cruise
Written September 13, 2023
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Lindsay Tully
Formby, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Amazing place, beautiful views! We got there early. Walked to Stewart Canyon which was lovely! A fabulous morning! Well worth a visit!
Written September 3, 2023
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Thanks for visiting LindsayTully, glad you enjoyed Lake Minnewanka and your walk to Stewart Canyon. Regards, Travis Mann
Written September 8, 2023
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WashingtonianNative
Fairfax, VA201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It is easy to add this scenic drive onto a visit to downtown Banff because it is nearby the town. We did the drive on the way back to the airport leaving Canada. We were really glad we did because we got to see lots of Bighorn Sheep by the side of the road. You have a very good chance of seeing them on this scenic drive. The view of the lake and mountains is also very beautiful.
Written September 1, 2023
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Hello WashingtonianNative, thanks for stopping by and thank you sharing your experience with us. The bighorn sheep are a pretty common sighting up here, glad you had the opportunity to see some local wildlife! Travis Mann Lake Minnewanka Cruise
Written September 5, 2023
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Akansha M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Our tour guide, Liam and our Pilot Jordon were exceedingly pleasant, knowledgeable, and personable. They made our visit much more enjoyable. They were simply incredible. They were on time, intelligent, kind, and had insight about the tour. They just had a nice demeanour that made us all pleased. Thank you very much, Liam and Jordon, for making our cruise to the Minnewanka Lake so memorable.
Written August 29, 2023
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Wow! What a wonderful review. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful review and mention of Liam and Jordan. We really appreciate what they bring to the table everyday and thank you for recognizing their amazing efforts. Hope to see you again. Travis Mann Lake Minnewanka Cruise
Written September 5, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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