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Lake Minnewanka

24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #2 of 33 attractions in Banff
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Description: Banff National Park's largest waterway.
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Lynden, Washington
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Great day at the lake (even in the winter). Stunning views and color with beautiful mountains. Nice paths to walk on.

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Moose Jaw, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It was a very nice short drive. We didn't get to do the hike. We'll try and get it in next time. It doesn't take to long to do so you should definitely do it.

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Inverell, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We were just going for a drive around Tunnel Mountain and came out at the sign for Lake Minnewanka. I just kept driving and was rewarded with amazing views around every corner. Well worth the drive. Aussies, it isn't pronounced as it is spelt!!!

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Lethbridge, Alberta
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We drove up just because we could and it was a nice winter day. Roads are fine even in the winter and the scenery is great. Got some good pictures across the frozen lake.

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Corpus Christi
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29 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

THis lake is near the Swiss-looking village of Banff,Alberta,Canada.There are docile Elk and Moose around,and it is close to the Glacier-fed lake near Banff.The air is clean there and the water is very cold,even in summer,as it is fed from the glacier and mountain snow.If you want to really get away,it is highly recommended.Banff and the nearby glacier lake are... More

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London, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We always make sure we visit Lake Minnewanka when we come to Banff, winter and summer alike. In summer, the boat trip to the other end of the lake gives you an insight into the overall features of the lake that cannot be seen in winter when covered by ice and snow and the lake is completely frozen over. The... More

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College Park, Maryland
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9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

My husband and I spent 2-3 hours wandering around the frozen lake in the winter. It's very beautiful, and if you walk down onto the lake and by the shore, even more beautiful. I can imagine that not everyone would have so much fun, because there aren't any really great trails. But we just enjoyed climbing up on some rocks... More

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Bellmore, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We tried to go around the lake. We passed the point where we were warned of grizzlies (we did not encounter any). It was a great view, but the trail was a bit boring.

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We drove to this lake on a nice road. We could walk on the frozen lake but was too cold for comfort. It was so nice and beautiful to take snaps. Wished could stay longer, all facilities were closed and very few people around. this place would be a summer wonderland not so much for winter time but worth a... More

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Apex, NC
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Just a short drive from Banff over well-plowed roads, Lake Minnewanka offers spectacular scenery. As our first outdoor activity in Alberta, we spent two our walking on the frozen, snow covered lake. We met several people who were snowshoeing on the surrounding trails, others were cross country skiing on the lake. Just a note, facilities are closed in the winter... More

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