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Lake Minnewanka

24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #4 of 33 attractions in Banff
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Description: Banff National Park's largest waterway.
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Loveland, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It's a lake. There were picnic benches. Nothing extraordinary. We had a fine morning there reading. We didn't take the cruise. We walked a bit, but it was a very warm day and it was quite crowded.

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Dublin, Ireland
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139 reviews 139 reviews
42 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Butiful place. Many hiking trails. You can take a boat tour. Many photo opportunities. Amazing canyon on the trail. Few areas were closed because of Cougar activity.

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canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We took a boat cruise on this lake and it was great- The guide was a happy guy, he explained the meaning of Minnewenka , that meant ("Water of the Spirits" in Nakoda) . Here Spirit did not mean ghosts or after life, but the Energy that was around -It is a glacial lake located in the eastern area of... More

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Loveland, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This lake has a beauty that captures the imagination. Our tour guide was fun to listen to and really made the trip more interesting. The two nesting eagles were special too.

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Eastern Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Is very busy at first, but if you walk away from the main area it is much more relaxing. The lake is nice, there were animals walking around quite close to us. Good for a nice relaxing walk!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Our guide was very informative and the cruise was worth it. It was a great day to be on a boat. The lake is quite large and has great views.

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Spruce Grove, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

One of the many gorgeous places in the Rockies. The water is ice cold but it's a great place to practice your photography skills and enjoy the true beauty of nature.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Hiked up around the Lake. Great place to have a picnic. Didn't take the boat but seemed like a fun activity and very popular.

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Montreal
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

It;s a pretty lake and the tour guide was entertaining. I did it because it was part of the Brewster 4 activities tour package. There are much better things to do around here. Drive by it and picnic at 2 Jack instead.

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is a very busy tourist location (LOTS of tour buses). Go early if you plan to rent a boat or other recreation on the lake. The boat tour looked fun, but is pretty pricey. We instead opted to rent one of the little motor boats and make our own tour. This was really fun!

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