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Lake Minnewanka

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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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Great Scnery!

A nice drive up the mountain to the Lake Minnewanka. Beautiful Lake. There is a boat tour available as well but was not available yet when we were in Banff (too early in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

A nice drive up the mountain to the Lake Minnewanka. Beautiful Lake. There is a boat tour available as well but was not available yet when we were in Banff (too early in the season). Great scenery and views of many other lakes too. Worth the visit.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Not too far of a drive from Banff. Beautiful scenery and lake. For sure would recommend checking it out! Make sure to bring your camera!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

make sure you buy your licences and leave all lead at home. You can be sure the conservation officers will check you out, that just keeps everything happy for everyone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

we really enjoyed this boat ride. We live in a hot dry climate so to see mountains with snow tops and crystal blue waters of the lake was really special

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North York Moors National Park, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Lovely lake beautiful colour. Take the boat trip around the lake very interesting, the guide tells the history etc of the lake. We went mid May, it was warm and sunny so mosquito's were a problem. Good picnic areas so take a picnic.

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Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

A short pleasant boat ride. Nothing spectacular. I'd save my money on this one and do the Glacier experience and gondola instead.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We trekked around the outskirts of the lake. There was a lot of people there, but we did get to see Deer and Elk!

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Tampa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Get there early to buy your tix and get in line for the next boat out. Great tour guides and Captains, - will give you a oral history of the area and point out great areas to take pics -

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Just a lake. Nice in summer but not great in spring. It is worth a drive if your in Banff. It is only 5m away. Lots of picnic areas.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The destination is a beauty but so is the drive. Even if you don't have time to stay long at the lake, the Minnewanka loop road is worth the drive. Beautiful vistas. Sneak into the camp ground by the lake if you can and just take a drive around the park. Stop and have a look at the lake. One... More 

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