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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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Nice drive

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... read more

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

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The lake is so beautiful and the mountain view is stunning. Met a herd of more than 30 Wapati? The regular washroom was closed in the winter time. However, the no flush toilet outhouse is available. Best time to go still summer.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

The lake looked like something from a movie - it was completely frozen over and it was almost a white out day so was quite creepy looking. The highlight was most defiantly seeing the wild elk grazing near the side of the road. A good place to spot wildlife - even the winter. Worth the drive out there but probably... More 

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

When we were at the Columbia Icefields Discovery Centre, we booked a package of excursions as it worked out cheaper than booking individually. Along with the Glacier adventure and the Glacier Skywalk, we also had tickets for the Banff Gondola on Sulphur Mountain, and a boat trip on Lake Minnewanka (great name, but unfortunately not pronounced as its spelt, try... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We only drove around the Lake but it was beautiful. The highlight was having to give way to the Elk as they walked on the road. The road back to Banff had stunning views too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

My husband and I took a trip down from Edmonton to visit Banff, as we've never really experienced it much whenever we've gone for conferences. Lake Minnewanka is absolutely beautiful! The short route was closed when we went, but the longer route was scenic and enjoyable! You see Two Jack Lake along this route. We were able to take our... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Very nice change of pace as one could actually get out on to the lake. The tours provide a lot of information about the area.

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