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Lake Minnewanka

24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #6 of 32 Attractions in Banff
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Description: Banff National Park's largest waterway.
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Dallas, Texas
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91 reviews 91 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We drove thru the area of the Lake. It is very pretty. We saw mountain sheep, in fact we had to stop for them as they were in the road.

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Regina, Canada
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87 reviews 87 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Tour was informative and long enough. Was a pleasant calm day so lake was smooth and reflective of the mountain flour dust that gives the lakes that gorgeous colour. We did this as part of Brewster's Tour Ultimate package (Glacier tour, Skywalk, Gondola and the Lake) so was good as part of package. If you have never been it is... More

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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Nice Beach and trails with a good view of some mountains. Not over crowded but quite a few people. Clear water and good pictures.

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West Carrollton, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We visited Lake Minnewanka and took the boat cruise. The cruise was pleasant and the tour guide pleasant and very informative. The bad part was the microphone equipment. I don't know if it wasn't properly charged or just cheap, but the tour guide went through 3 and the final one that worked was substandard and we could barely hear him.... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Nice place to visit for a picnic. Very scenic and close to Banff. Prices for boat tours and small john boat rentals were outrageous. Go to Lake Moraine and rent a canoe for a very enjoyable hour or two!!!!

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ft worth
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11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Just returned from Banff and it rained the whole time which made us unable to do some of the activities we had planned. Since this left us with a free day with no plans, we drove around Banff and saw some sights we haven't been to before. Drove up to Lake Minnewanka which is known for it's rather crowded, chessy... More

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Montepulciano, Italy
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This was a great fun trip made special by the energy and banter between the person explaining about the lake and it's wildlife etc and the captain of the boat .we saw some wildlife and were taken in close to the bank to take photos .My favourite bit was the doughnuts in the middle of the lake - beautiful serene... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

A friend recommended this location & what a great view the lake has to offer. You can take a boat tour or simply check out the marina. There is fishing but check out what is the best time to go out and what the local fish limit & regulations are.

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Netanya, Israel
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Located just a short drive from Banff, lies this great lake, take the tour around the shore, it's easy, without any elevation gain, watch for the wildlife, we saw tons of squirrels and also took some amazing pictures.Good place to spend an afternoon

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Incredible. We parked up - it was quiet - went for a short stroll and then found a small 'beach'. The wether was warm the children paddled and I even managed a full swim. Definitely don't bypass this gorgeous place. Perfect.

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