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Lake Minnewanka

24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #3 of 22 Attractions in Banff
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Owner description: Banff National Park's largest waterway.
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Owner description: Banff National Park's largest waterway.
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Athens, Greece
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We took an 1 hour Lake cruise in early August.The history of the Lake and the surrounding area as described by the crew was quite interesting.

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Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Visited the Lake on our way to Banff, beginning of November. It was deserted, but the weather was poor, raining, misty and sleet. Still, managed to take some photos. Plenty of parking available and picnic tables.....just not picnicking weather

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The tour by Brewsters is very nice and offered a lot of scenery that would not be available without the boat ride. The nice excursion to relax

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Canada's lakes are just like no other and this one is also no exception. Maybe not as blue as Lake Louise and Peyto but super sized and just as pretty. There are picnic areas and hikes that can be done. The mountain surrounds of Banff are just stunning.

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UK
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146 reviews 146 reviews
49 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We took a slow drive to Lake Minnewanka from Banff, not doing the loop route as it was shut for Winter but it was still worth doing. The scenery was stunning and we saw elk and deer.

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Dallas, Texas, USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Rimrock this past week and took in this nearby hike one morning. Beware of a road closure close by that re-routes you. The scenery around the lake was beautiful especially in the AM with steam coming off the lake and snow on the ground; friends on Facebook kept asking if the pictures were... More 

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Beijing, China
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

If you want to find a place for day hiking, Lake Minnewanka is the place! The trails is long enough for half or whole day hiking. On the trails, you can find the beautiful scenery of mountains & lake. In the beginning of summer, you can find wild flowers along the road. Some points must be noted: 1. Take enough... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I just zoomed here at the end of the day. Hence I only walked down to the jetty to take some photos. I suspect that the boat trip would have been breathtaking too. There had just been a dusting of snow in the mountains, so the views were brilliant. Add to that I saw loads of wildlife on the drive... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We left the visit to this lake until our last day in Canada. When we got there we were disappointed to find that it was so commercialised. Beautiful to look at as an actual lake, but others we had seen were in a more beautiful all round setting. We felt the cruise boats cheapened it somehow. We prefer to see... More 

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Brisbane
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222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We went on a cruise around the lake. The guide was excellent and had many stories about the lake and amusing anecdotes as part of the cruise. It was a grey day and quite cold but it was a good time anyway.

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