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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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Scenic boat cruise

My family and I visited Lake Minnewanka several years back and enjoyed the scenery, atmosphere, even the various wildlife walking freely on the streets. It is a wonderful place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Arviat, Canada
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Arviat, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

My family and I visited Lake Minnewanka several years back and enjoyed the scenery, atmosphere, even the various wildlife walking freely on the streets. It is a wonderful place for a picnic, especially with the scenic views surrounding the area. While visiting, we also enjoyed a boat cruise which was one of the highlights of the afternoon we spent there.

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Duncan, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Lake Minnewanka is as picturesque a lake as you will find anywhere (of course I prefer Lake Louise and Lake Moraine and ooo, Lake Agnes even better). There was parking and restroom facilities, and a nice hiking trail. The unique feature of this lake is that during our visit it was covered in goats. Well, that is an exaggeration, but... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I visited the lake in early of April and it was not frozen. The reflection was so beautiful. Unfortunately, all activities remained closed. It was easy to get there, not far from Banff town. I wish I have a chance to get back there again.

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Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Very beautiful and scenic place to visit. The main road to the lake was closed, but we could take the side road. The drive to the lake and the lake itself can be described in one simple word - beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The drive in itself is lovely. We went up several times towards sunset and saw several elk walking around and lying in the grasses. The lake is beautiful with a stunning backdrop of the mountains and in the snow it was even better.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Our family enjoys taking a drive to Lake Minnewanka when visiting Banff and area and never fails to delight in the beautiful scenery and opportunities to observe wildlife. The water is currently quite low. There is ample parking and lots of space to explore. Great place to picnic and hang out with the family. A favorite!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Lake Minnewanka is very beautiful, went to Banff for a family trip and this was the highlight.. We went to Vermillion Lakes, Tunnel Mountain, Bow Falls and the gondola.. But this definitely tops the list.. There's also Two Jack lake which is also very beautiful and Johnson Lake which is on the road that goes to Lake Minnewanka, it is... More 

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Midland, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We got up early one day and decided to head up to Lake Minnewanka to see if we could see some wildlife. We were NOT disappointed. The Big Horned Sheep were 10 feet from the car, feeding and walking right along the edge of the road. We also saw Elk. Besides the spectacular wildlife, the views were beautiful! The emerald... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This area can be busy in the summer, but the hikes in the area are beautiful. Always be aware of animal warnings, as bears are in the area (among other animals as well). Definitely worth a stop if you like outdoor activities!

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

It is an easy way to be amongst the mountains and see wildlife. The viewpoints are well chosen. We liked the experience.

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