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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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The boat was roomy could see good from both sides. Beautiful beaches, seen where lot of logs float to beach. Bee hives in side of mountain to help feed the bats. Keeping... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Wichita, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

After visiting Lake Louise, Emerald Lake, Bow Lake and Peyto Lake, this was a little bit of a letdown. It is a man made lake, not glacier fed and thus is not as spectacular as the glacier lakes

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The boat was roomy could see good from both sides. Beautiful beaches, seen where lot of logs float to beach. Bee hives in side of mountain to help feed the bats. Keeping mosquito's down.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We took a lake cruise on Lake Minnewanka on a bright sunny morning. The boat ride was pleasant and the guide, Kenji, a Japanese now residing in Banff, was full of knowledge. He showed us where the Rocky Mountains end in one direction and much information about the animal life and vegetation on the mountains nearby. He also explained how... More 

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Worth taling the boat trip. Whn you have domne this there are some good trails that start from the lake. Need to take bear spray.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The place is very peaceful and the cruise has excellent guides. They give you great information of the local fauna and the lake history

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

15 minute drive from Banff You can hire 4 people pedalos and speedboats. Speedboat hire is $57.00 for an hour and can accommodate 5 people maximum. Great way to see the lake and mountains on the shore and of course enjoy the fresh mountain air. There is a small restaurant on the shore and toilets. 24th July

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We took the boat trip onto the lake which was part of our package from the banff Tourist Office. I took many many photos and could not resist this very dramatic lake surrounded by majestic mountains. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

One beautiful lake for trail hikes and cruises. It is stunning in colour and landscape. One of my favourite places in the world.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Wonderful drive, lots of different lookouts and places to stop and take easy walks, we had our Chihuahuas along for the walks Great fun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is one of the nicest easily accessed spots in Banff National Park. The views are just amazing and the drive up there is easy and breath-taking. A must see and do when in Banff.

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Address: 24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff

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