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Minnewanka Loop / Lake Johnson

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Great Place to See Wildlife

We did the Minnewanka Loop and visited Lake Johnson several times during our week in the Canadian... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Oklahoma City, OK
Worthwhile Diversion in Banff Area

We rented a car at Calgary Airport and drove to Banff, stopping off to do this loop on the way... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Maplewood, New Jersey
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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the Minnewanka Loop and visited Lake Johnson several times during our week in the Canadian Rockies. We were rewarded with beauty, wildlife (bears, sheep), many photo ops, and serenity. Don't miss this area.

Thank morrishj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rented a car at Calgary Airport and drove to Banff, stopping off to do this loop on the way. Turned out to be a good decision, as we had a nice drive and saw long-horned sheep and a black bear along the way. Very...More

Thank NJChisoxFan
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Beautiful easy walk around a well cleared trail. Gorgeous views and a lovely pair of loons calling back and forth.

Thank Erica B
Reviewed 26 November 2016

The Minnewanka loop is easily found on the first exit ramp to Banff off the transcanada from Canmore and Calgary. Take the right hand turn for the loop drive. About 4 km you will see a sign for Johnson lake. Take this road and you...More

Thank Welshman1956
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Nice for a little stroll. Make sure you have a parks pass as we didn't get told about it from our hotel when we checked in late at night and ended up getting a warning violation from the parks people.

Thank pwilliams82
Reviewed 2 August 2016

We hiked Johnson Lake (which is an easy 3 km stroll around this small lake), had lunch along Lake Minnewanka and then hiked the Stewart Canyon & Cascade River/Canyon Trail (7.7km). The GPS was an asset in keeping us on the Canyon trail that seemed...More

1  Thank driftdiver1
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This lake is perfectly clear and was warmer than expected. Quite busy, but that is to be expected with the proximity to Calgary. There were quite a few paddle boards and kayaks on the lake, but it did not pose a problem.

Thank calgarianheadedsouth
Reviewed 21 July 2016

There is a trail around Johnson lake, about 3km I think, that we hiked with our 6 and 8 year old. It a great trek with nice views of the lake and up into the trees a bit. The lake has a small sand beach...More

1  Thank Oilerman
Reviewed 17 July 2016

This drive was crowded- but we saw so much wildlife on this loop! Lots of cars stopped and lots of people taking photos but everyone was pretty respectful- not getting too close and keeping quiet.

1  Thank sarmstrong0222
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed exploring the lakes, old mining town, and various viewpoints. We saw wild animals from the safety of our car. Loved seeing these amazing creatures as we rolled along surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Did the loop a few times during our week in Banff...More

1  Thank Kaimuki31
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4 July 2016|
Response from jeancoops2 |
by the way... Anywhere around Banff, lake Louise, yoho perhaps Thanks again