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Address: 24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Description: Banff National Park's largest waterway.
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Easy to access, beautiful

The lake is about 5 mins drive from the town of Banff. There are boats for rent. The lake shore is quite big and you can easily find a secluded corner.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The lake is about 5 mins drive from the town of Banff. There are boats for rent. The lake shore is quite big and you can easily find a secluded corner.

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Edmonton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

The boats used for the trips is clean and well maintained. Ride is smooth and great pace. Guides very friendly and informative. Totally worth your money and time.

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Calgary, Alberta
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

for a lovely drive go here. Take a picnic and enjoy. Water. Mountains. Boat rides in the summer. Skating in the winter. Mountains at its best. A great day trip and only 10 min from Banff.

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Calgary
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Minnewanka is good for fishing with the right gear, if you don't own at least a 16 ft boat with a decent draft and good engine - grab a canoe and stick to the west end at the dock. If you go down the lake and head east and the weather kicks up it IS very dangerous! The lakers in... More 

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San Jose, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Beautiful lake just near banff downtown. Worth a stop and take some pictures or walk the trail along the lake. Theres a lot of parking space and this is not as crowded as other atrractions in banff.

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Markham, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We did the Stewart Canyon Trail on a sunny winter's day. An easy walk - almost zero elevation change- with great views opening up all along the trail. Highly recommended.

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Elgin, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We were in Banff and driving around on a non ski day. Drove through this area, nice scenic drive, saw large herd of elk, and walked around the lake areas. Very close to town and worth the effort.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This was pretty cool. Flew over the lake and it's surrounds which is weird considering at its base used to be a town before it was flooded. Great scenery as you would expect on the way there, at the lake and the flight back-get the front seat!

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Pontyclun, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This is a place you need to see,its totally amazing.Great drive to get to this place the views are to die for.car park is a little small the place gets full.when we were there the lake was frozen and they had just cut a hole for divers to go in you need to see this place.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The lake was frozen when we went, so we were able to walk across and watch the brave souls ice diving and take in the stunning scenery.

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