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Lake Minnewanka

Address: 24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #8 of 33 Attractions in Banff
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Owner description: Banff National Park's largest waterway.
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Owner description: Banff National Park's largest waterway.
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Bath, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

It was a very cold and windy day. We drove out from Banff. It takes longer in Winter because the short route was blocked by snow. Even so, the longer route just gives you more glorious views. There is nothing open in Winter and when the wind is blowing it feels very cold. However, the sun was shining and the... More 

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Banff, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Ol Lake Minnewanka, I mean geez if you want the best spot in Alberta for Auroa Borriaslis shots then this is the spot for sure, with a mountain background and low light pollution. I've been here on every season of the year for the last 4 years and to be honest it's ok, just ok. I enjoy working hard to... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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210 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

Worth the extra drive from the main highway, even in Winter. The lake is stunning and will yield some beautiful photographs. Walk along the edge of the lake and get your picture taken in the new Parks Canada red Adirondack chairs. There are no amenities here in the winter, so bring what you need with you. I have visited Banff... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I've been here many times of the year and to be honest it's ok, just ok. If your exploring is limited I'd give it a miss in favour of lake Louise, bow lake or morain lake. Emerald lake isn't too far away either and much more pleasing and photographic.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A great place to go if you are looking to kill an hour or so. I spent my time taking pictures and walking on the frozen lake in the sunshine. It was brilliant.

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Halifax, Canada
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167 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This lake rivals the beauty of Lake Louis. It is only a few minutes from town and well worth the drive. Boat tours of the lake are offered, although we didn't take one. Plan at least an hour to walk around the shore and soak in the majesty and snap some pictures.

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Athens, Greece
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We took an 1 hour Lake cruise in early August.The history of the Lake and the surrounding area as described by the crew was quite interesting.

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Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Visited the Lake on our way to Banff, beginning of November. It was deserted, but the weather was poor, raining, misty and sleet. Still, managed to take some photos. Plenty of parking available and picnic tables.....just not picnicking weather

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The tour by Brewsters is very nice and offered a lot of scenery that would not be available without the boat ride. The nice excursion to relax

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Canada's lakes are just like no other and this one is also no exception. Maybe not as blue as Lake Louise and Peyto but super sized and just as pretty. There are picnic areas and hikes that can be done. The mountain surrounds of Banff are just stunning.

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