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“Peaceful beauty!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Minnewanka

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
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Activities: Fishing, Hiking
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Owner description: Banff National Park's largest waterway.
Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
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“Peaceful beauty!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Well worth the detour off Highway 1. Close to the car park there is a variety of water transport available, ranging from pedalos and canoes to organised lake cruises. Good bench seating is available along the lake edge, especially in the shade! Follow some of the trails for a bit to escape the tourists and you can almost have the lake to yourself. Walk a while and enjoy the grandeur of nature.

Visited August 2013
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“Lake Minnewanka boat trip is worth the cost.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Pricey but worth it, if the weather is clear and not too cold or windy. Staff on board our boat was highly qualified and quite professional for young folks working for the summer.

Visited September 2013
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“Okay, but much better ways to spend your time in the park.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This for us was just another lake, not the beautiful turquoise as are some in the park, and too many people since it is fairly close to Banff and you can drive right to it. It is also commercialized with the boats for rent, cafe, etc. We most likely would not go here again.

Visited September 2013
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Fremont, California
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“Just an OK lake”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We took the motor boat ride which was boring. Avoid spending money on this boat ride. Good place for picnic. It is better to go for a hike than take the boat tour.

Visited August 2013
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Saskatoon, Canada
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“Wonderful boat ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We enjoyed a wonderful hour long boat cruise on Lake Minnewanka and it was great! Very informative and the staff was very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this on your trip to Banff.

Visited September 2013
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