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Lake Minnewanka

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Address: 24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Banff National Park's largest waterway.

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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
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Banff and Lake Louise Full-Day Tour with a Small Group

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Great walking trails for all ages

Surrounded by Beautiful views of mountains and great trails to walk. Do not be a stupid visitor and walk on the frozen lake in spring, the ice is weak. Saw some big horn sheep on... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jody S
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Edmonton
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Edmonton
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Surrounded by Beautiful views of mountains and great trails to walk. Do not be a stupid visitor and walk on the frozen lake in spring, the ice is weak. Saw some big horn sheep on the way to this lake

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Toronto ON CAN
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the short trail hike to the Stewart Canyon bridge and got some great scenic shots. The trail was muddy and snowy near the Stewart canyon, so proper footwear is essential if you're going for the trail walks in the spring. It was quite cool and windy when we went so dress in layers and warmly. Some teenagers we... More 

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went to Lake Minnewanka during Easter weekend. Since we saw the frozen lake louise first, we were not as surprised that many people walked far away on the frozen lake. It's not as pretty as lake louise in my opinion but still very majestic and gorgeous. We will be back in summer!

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi Adele B, thanks for taking the time to visit Lake Minnewanka and leave us a review. Glad you enjoyed your time at both these beautiful mountain lakes. Hope to see you this summer! Travis Mann More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A quieter, more remote and equally beautiful version of Lake Louise. Head here if you want to avoid crowds and traffic!

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want a totally great Rocky Mountain experience, drive to Lake Minnewanka!! Just north of Banff, it's an easy drive past Two Jack Lake. The lake is beautiful and the mountains are spectacular!! There are trails alongside the lake and show off the little island (which we walked to today since the water level is low). Lots of photo... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hello dbateman64, thanks for this wonderful review. Sounds like you had a great time on the short drive up and while taking in the sights at the lake. Hope you managed some great photos. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise More 

Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been coming here for years to hike and camp around the area. It is such a beautiful lake and space to view and walk around. So calm and clean. Take a dip in the freezing water if you dare!

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Red Deer, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Short drive from Banff. Went in early April and the lake was partly open - made for great photos. Very lucky to see four Big Horn Sheep on the road. Beautiful area and several pull overs for beautiful views of a wonderful National Park.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of my favourite place on earth!! Me and my family love here. We see wildlife and go swimming or hiking here all the time. Just don't be a looser tourist, please never feed and always respect the animals.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hello HollyannEastwood, thank you for falling in love with Lake Minnewanka. Thrilled to hear you and your family frequent the area. I'm also pretty sure the animals thank you for begin respectful of their space and habitat too. Hope to see aboard one of our boats this summer. Travis Mann More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was up early picked up a Starbucks and went for a gorgeous drive on a beautiful sunny morning . Just toured around and hung out at the look outs and fell in love with the area . Beautiful turquoise water and sunlit mountains ! Go early before the tour buses show up if you have a car !

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi lolomtrl, thanks for this great review. Coffee, scenic drive to Lake Minnewanka to cruise around and enjoy your surroundings.... sounds like a great way to start your day! Thank you for stopping by, hope you can make it back again in the future. Travis More 

Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A 10 minute drive takes you from Banff Ave shopping to your basic Banff. The Rockies surrounding deep blue water and deep green forests. Check out the hiking trails and bring a picnic lunch. Scuba diving very popular once the ice melts and temperatures improve.

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