I'd probably go for the one on Maligne Lake.
While it may well be lifted in the near future, there is currently a trail closure for much of the area around Lake Minnewanka due to a protective mama bear. Doesn't affect the cruises, but be aware that trails in the area may or may not be open.
Maligne Lake would be my pick too. Nicer scenery. However, like the gondolas, it may make sense to do the first one that you come to in good weather, since it's not worth doing in poor weather and they are both good cruises.Edited: 09 June 2018, 06:54
+2 for Maligne lake.
Minniwanka is a man made lake. Interesting but the beauty of Maligne and Spirit Island can’t be beat.
Thank you! Great recommendations!
Wondering if the cruise would still be enjoyable in September....or will it be windy and too cool....Thanks
The boat is enclosed and heated. Good thing, because the weather on Maligne Lake is famous for its fickleness. On the two occasions I have canoed to the end of the lake on camping trips (once in July, once in late September), both times we had everything from sunny warm conditions to snow/hail/sleet. On the July trip, we put in to shore twice on the return trip because the wind came up and the waves got so high we were worried we were going to be swamped. On the September trip, on our last morning, we woke up to about six inches of snow on the ground, but that had melted up to about 100 feet above the lake by the time we packed up and got ready to paddle back.