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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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We decided to check this out on the last weekend it was open in October 2015, and so happy that we did. The tour provides a lot of interesting information about the areas ecology... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Kris395
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Calgary, Canada

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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We decided to check this out on the last weekend it was open in October 2015, and so happy that we did. The tour provides a lot of interesting information about the areas ecology and history. Good for kids and elderly as there isn't much walking required.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Kris395, thanks for the review, thrilled you found our tour interesting. Glad the timing of your visit allowed you to join us while we were still open in the fall. Travis Mann More 

Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This unassuming local water tour is a wealth of local history. It's a "off the beaten path" delight. It is refreshing to be on the water. The guides are all locals, mostly students. It's a nice chance to sit back and enjoy the ride!

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Sherlock9190, Thanks for the excellent review. It was 'refreshing' to read your review today. Travis Mann More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here in nearly all the seasons, and it always proves to be extremely beautiful! I'm looking forward to doing a boat cruise this summer, to capture more amazing photos of this gorgeous place!

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi imiaj, can't wait to see you this summer on our boat cruise. I agree, Minnewanka is beautiful every season. Travis Mann More 

Edmonton, Canada
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for a walk on the iced over lake to look at the bubbles under the ice-very cool and a very nice walk on a nice winter day!

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thanks for review lenoraweikum, taking a look at the methane gas bubbles is definitely a sight to see. Glad you had the opportunity. Travis Mann More 

Calgary, Canada
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would recommend a mile or more walk along the lake in the Summer. I have seen Mountain Goats on the trail and a bear in the meadow (from my car). A boat ride to the end of the lake is really fun family day trip. This is popular with scuba divers because of the submerged small village.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to mention us ClintV. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your boat tour on Minnewanka and found it family friendly. Regards, Travis Mann More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is awesome wether you just have a picnic or just go for a stroll and check out the widlife, some nice walking trails around the lake, i believe this lake is one of the biggest spanning i think some 20klms back into the valley,,,, also not far at all from Banff to drive. so why not head on... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

aminal1, thanks glad you enjoyed your relaxing time at Lake Minnewanka. You're correct, the lake is currently the largest in Banff National Park - since the final dam was constructed in 1941. Thanks for the review. Travis Mann More 

Calgary
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Its worth the short drive to see the majesty of the mountains. Its great for walking around, enjoy a picnic, or go on the boat tour.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thanks brendap486 for the review. The majestic mountains sure are amazing! Travis Mann More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A winter visit was a pleasant surprise. The lake was frozen solid and people were ice skating which as lovely to see. Nice place to have a stroll but sadly all facilities were closed as it was winter. Would love to visit during the summer months but the lure of skiing will always be stronger!

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Jake C, Minnewanka is an amazing place 12 months of the year. When you're legs need a break from skiing we hope see you in the summer months with all our facilities available. Travis Mann More 

Connecticut
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The view is really great and the cruise/tour is really educational and fun at the same time. The water is really green in color and clean. I really had a great time and will definitely recommend this place.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thanks for the review IreneQT, I'm so thrilled you found the cruise both educational and fun. That's exactly what we strive for! Travis Mann More 

Lloydminster, Canada
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lake is absolutely stunning - a must see if you are in the Banff area. The water is so blue, and there are walking trails ( we didn't go on them), areas for picnics, sightseeing boat tours, etc. Even if you stop for 5 minutes I highly recommend this place!

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