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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.
24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-3473
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Reviewed yesterday

We took the boat cruise of Lake Minnewanka recently and it is worth taking. Great scenery. Very short drive from Banff.

Thank Marsha E
Reviewed yesterday

This is an attractive lake and it is possible to walk around the shore and trek into the woods. There are more beautiful areas to see in the mountains. There are cruise boats available but they did not add to the experience. There was the...More

Thank Bluebellplasnewydd
Reviewed 2 days ago

Prebooked the cruise as had been told it fills up very quickly. I was glad we did. The guide was very knowledgeable and even though it was snowing it was well worth queuing in the cold.

Thank Mcnamat
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We arrived early so got to spend a bit of time enjoying the surroundings before the coach tours arrived. It was beautiful, I didn't want to leave. Personally we preffered it to the over commercialised Lake Louise. We decided to rent one of the small...More

Thank Amanda L
Reviewed 2 days ago

The guide was very informative and on one side with dense pine forest, that is where wolves give birth to their cubs as it is relatively safe from predators. On the other side there are some more open spaces so I guess that is where...More

Thank Maggie G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not the most beautiful of lakes in the region, try Maligne or Moraine for that, but still a wonderful area, non commercialised, and a great boat trip with a really amusing and informative guide, worth a few hours

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It’s so different from lake Louise , peyto etc - deep and dark , and really large. It’s surroinded by great mountains , and is lovely for at least an hour or two if not more- given its proximity to Banff. The boat cruise is...More

Thank connectwithvivek
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A lovely lake surrounded by tall mountains- makes for a pretty sight. Just a few kilometres outside Banff, the location is well connected by local bus service. A must visit for visitors to Banff. Nice lake for boating and short cruises, with the majestic Minnewanka...More

Thank ashoke2015
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited thcoach trip. The scenery is amazing and the lake is a wonderful colour. A lake not to missed from your itinerary.

Thank Victor M
Reviewed 4 days ago

The lake is reachable by local bus from Banff. The lake has beautiful views, if you're planning to hike along the lakeshore bring bear spray and check the bear restrictions. We've been there in September and from certain point of the hike it was mandatory...More

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August 18, 2018|
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Response from Adrian L | Reviewed this property |
Same for us too. It’s three weeks ago now but it was really clear then. They did say it depended on wind direction but it hadn’t been a huge issue.
Nakharin T
July 14, 2018|
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Response from Amanda D | Reviewed this property |
There is a camping area there so I would say yes, but not sure if certain areas are closed off. Certainly the lake boat operations finish early evening in summer. Check Canada Parks website.
Samantha F
June 23, 2018|
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Response from Paul M | Reviewed this property |
No problems using your kayak and dogs are welcome but must be on their leads both for others’ comfort and also because it is bear country. However, It is unlikely that any bears will want to be so close to the multitudes of... More