We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lake Minnewanka

24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Banff Lake Cruise
More Info
and up
Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
More Info
and up
Banff and Lake Louise Full-Day Tour with a Small Group
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Banff National Park's largest waterway.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“boat tour” (135 reviews)
“the loop” (49 reviews)
24km (15 miles) north of Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Write a Review
Reviews (2,495)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 2,173 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Gorgeous lake just three miles from Banff. Huge mountains rise above and frame it. Regular boat cruises tour about half the lake (maybe a bit pricey at $60). Good, easy hiking around the lakeside, too. Bear country so take bear spray if you have it....More

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lake Minnewanka was stunning. Fields of daisies against the boulders, clear crisp waters and peaceful environment. Wonderful afternoon.

Thank Denise C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We headed here as this is one of the more popular places in Banff to go to the lake and hike. It was pretty crowded when we arrived around lunch time, but we did find some parking. Staff was very helpful in car/crowd control. You...More

Thank TextMeLater
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went on the lake tour with our business group. It was fantastic. The guide and captain were really funny and told us a lot about the lake and Canadian wild life in general. Great views, great pictures and very comfortable. Do not miss out...More

Thank crashman2600
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks crashmann2600 for this awesome review!!! Glad you enjoyed your trip with us at Banff Lake Cruise. Hope you managed some wonderful photos. Thanks again, Travis

Reviewed 3 days ago

The staff are very helpful and know a great deal about the place and it's wildlife. Our guide made the trip fun and educational. We even saw long horn sheep from the boat. What a joy to behold.

Thank TravelsbyCar100
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi TravelsbyCar100, thank you for this review. Thrilled to read that your tour guide made your trip fun and educational. Always a bonus to see some wildlife too! Hope you enjoyed your time in the Park. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise

Reviewed 3 days ago

I spent a full day hiking around this gorgeous Lake. It is just a short drive outside of Banff and well worth the trip. Be sure to take a dip on a hot summer day! Chilly water but so worth it!

Thank Spenzac I
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is the place where Brewster does their 1 hour boat cruises down the lake. They also have a canteen to buy lunch by the boat docks. If you walk a little past the boat dock you'll find some picnic tables in the woods beside...More

Thank BMphotoTours
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi BMphotoTours, thanks for this great review. Great recommendations for photo opportunities and family friendly functions. Hope to see you up at the lake again soon. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise

Reviewed 4 days ago

I love the drive up and just to spend a few hours..we packed a lunch and hiked a bit.. Scenery is spectacular..you may see some elk.. Or sheep. It's cool ..

Thank donna g
Reviewed 4 days ago

Quite a distance out of town and up the road. Very crowded roadway on the weekends and very limited parking. But the view is GRAND. When we were there the mountain goats were out in force. They seem to have been habituated to people, so...More

1  Thank whitemice46
Reviewed 4 days ago

For a free option, make the drive up. There's plenty of parking and picnic tables to use. Plus the amazing views of the mountains and the lake. Let's keep it pristine people and remember to pick up your garbage, we want to enjoy this for...More

Thank Shoe G
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Banff Caribou
1,422 reviews
5.19 miles away
Whitebark Cafe
235 reviews
5.59 miles away
Chili's Grill and Bar
725 reviews
5.31 miles away
El Toro Restaurant
508 reviews
5.46 miles away
Nearby Attractions
C Level Cirque Trail
25 reviews
2.04 miles away
Cascade Ponds
26 reviews
3.06 miles away
Banff Airporter
227 reviews
4.98 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Michelle D
January 16, 2017|
Answer Show all 5 answers
Response from CarbonWave | Reviewed this property |
There have been some good-old cold spells this winter (-30 DegC for almost a week) that have given the lakes some thick ice - 300 to 600 mm thick. However, the temperature swings have been extreme and you may luck out with... More
December 7, 2016|
Answer Show all 4 answers
Response from relatedgroup | Reviewed this property |
I would look into the gondola or a view from a height. The lake is beautiful but surrounded by mountains so I don't think it would be my first choice. Try to get some elavation.
December 7, 2016|
Answer Show all 3 answers
Response from BrewsterTravelCanada | Property representative |
Hi Eusamo, I was at the lake a couple days ago, it's not frozen yet, but my guess is it will be within a week or two. The ice typically leaves the lake early to mid May. The last two seasons we had our boats launched by May... More