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Lake Minnewanka

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Address: 24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Banff National Park's largest waterway.

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This is the largest lake in this area. It is a short drive fron Banff downtown. As you arrive at the lake the view will take your breath away. The blue/green water is just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is the largest lake in this area. It is a short drive fron Banff downtown. As you arrive at the lake the view will take your breath away. The blue/green water is just espetacular.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful lake. Card can go right down. Saw some with canoes. Has a bathroom (trust me, that's important) and picnic areas.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

During our two day stay in Banff, we drove to Lake Minnewanka on a sunny afternoon. The still blue lake is picturesque, surrounded by the mountains and varying evergreens. The road was not heavy with traffic like other vistas and most especially the town roads.. The road loops around to Two Jack Lake and completes the loop back toward Banff.... More 

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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

20 minutes drive from downtown Banff, it deserves the time because if the beautiful lake, but even more because many animals live in the area and there is good probability to see them, especially at sunset. A bear crossed the street just a few meters from our car!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Jus walked a little of this beautiful lake, a wonderful place for kids of all ages 3-103. Picnic benches, beaches for building stone statues.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Owner at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi gabimarshall1, thanks very much for your review! I agree, Minnewanka is accessible for people of all ages. The boat tours are also great for all demographics. Thanks for stopping by and taking in the scenery. Travis More 

Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We rented a motor boat for an hour's excursion in the lake to get up close to some of the scenery only accessible by water. Well worth the 60$ cost especially considering a canoe at Moraine Lake costs 75$. Definitely visit this lake area.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi Stakk, thanks for the great review and recommendation. I'm glad you found value in our small boat rentals and were able to experience Lake Minnewanka so closely. Thanks for visiting. Travis More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

boating was awesome and friendly staff accomadated us and it was hassle free ride with motor boat on own . instrucyor taught us how to operate

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi Praveen C, thank you very much for renting one of our small boats. I'm glad you enjoyed your time on the water and thrilled to hear the staff were friendly and accommodating! Thanks for the review - hope to see you again. Travis M More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful beautiful lake with a few dozens of people around. While we visited there was a bear warning so if you didn't have bear spray you were restricted to walking around a small section off the lake. The only downside to all these beautiful mountains were at the time of our visit there was a group of young adults aged... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi Molly E, thank you for stopping by and thanks for the great review. Sorry to hear there was a little too much noise for you, as you mention, this isn't a common occurrence. The area is usually very peaceful and quite - especially early in the morning or later in the day too. Hope you enjoyed your time in... More 

Sawyer, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had decided I was going to take this tour long before we ever got to Banff. The only day we had available it was raining on and off all day, but we went anyway. The rain didn't matter since there's a cabin with surrounding windows, and even with cloudy skies it was a beautiful place to see. The guide... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you Seasoned L, thank you for taking our boat cruise and leaving such a great review. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I also appreciate your constructive criticism, we're with you on the pre arranged boarding times. Some of our tickets allow for it, others do not. That's something we're working on for next year - improvements to be made... More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have lived in Alberta for 7 years and didn't know this lake even existed. It is gorgeous and we will be returning. When you leave the lake, instead of turning right go left. It will still take you back to Banff but along the way you will come across "Two Jack Lake" which smaller but just as pretty.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thanks Tips369 for the great review. I hear ya, Lake Minnewanka is still somewhat undiscovered, and what a secret to keep. So much beauty. Thanks for stopping by, and great recommendation to tour past Two Jack Lake, worth the few minutes of extra time for sure. Travis Mann More 

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