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“Another gem in the Rockies” 5 of 5 stars
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Lake Minnewanka
24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Banff City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #4 of 72 things to do in Banff
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
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Owner description: Banff National Park's largest waterway.
Toronto, Canada
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“Another gem in the Rockies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

A short 15 min drive from Banff. Beautiful mountain views even in a misty rain...went back next morning in the sun. Spotted coyotes, mule deer, and long horned sheep. Well worth the excursion.

Visited April 2013
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“Nice side trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Close to downtown Banff, great side trip as with most of the area great mountain scenes.
We were there too early in the season to do the loop road.

Visited April 2013
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“Great View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

It's a wonderful place for boating, picnic or just a walk along the shore line. My dog loved the cold water. View of the blue water against the mountain is really brilliant.

Visited August 2012
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“Amazing to walk out onto a frozen lake & see divers emerging!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Only 10 minutes drive from Banff township and an amazingly quiet, tranquil spot. Because it was winter the shorter access road was closed to allow wildlife crossing but the alternative road was not much longer.
We walked out onto the frozen lake and spoke to several divers doing their scuba certification - I'd never seen people cutting holes in the ice before and literally jumping in, we even saw a bridal party arriving to have their wedding photos taken!
If you don't want to walk on the frozen lake (it can be slippery and creaks alarmingly in some spots) there are several viewpoints overlooking the lake and shoreline paths as well.
A nice break from the commercialism of Banff township.
It is free to enter, but if you aren't staying in Banff National park already (e.g.coming from Calgary for the day) you will need a national park pass.

Visited March 2013
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“Breath taking scenery! Such a special place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed our winter walk around the lake immensely. Was so romantic and beautiful! Such a beautiful, peaceful and special place! Great in the winter and summer months! A must visit while in banff! Bring snowshoes! Great family trek!

Visited February 2013
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