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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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Banff Lake Cruise
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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

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Beautiful Lake

Lake Minnewanka is beautiful and has been enlarged several times. There is a town under the lake that people scuba dive around it. It is an electric generating lake. It has... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Laurence M
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Frisco, Texas
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Frisco, Texas
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224 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lake Minnewanka is beautiful and has been enlarged several times. There is a town under the lake that people scuba dive around it. It is an electric generating lake. It has very good modern restroom. Worth the drive if you are in Banff.

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Saint Charles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed the drive around the lake and also Two Jack- a lot of elk and sheep. Good view of an old mining town along the way.

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CHESHIRE, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

its big and theres an array of watersports and boat rides - plenty of restrooms and a slow service food hut - its lovely but not as impressive as some of the other magnificent lakes surrounding it - like louise, emerald or moraine

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North, South Carolina
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We "wanted" to see if we could catch a glimpse of some bears to we were told to head here. Between the 7 of us we has 7 bear spray cans, it was a requirement. We hiked in for 1 hour but did not see any bears but we did see dropping and elk prints. It was a beautiful hike... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi Annelie, thanks for the review. Sounds like a great adventure, sorry the bears didn't cooperate and stop by for a photo. Nice to also hear you followed the seasonal restrictions on the trail past Stewart Canyon. See you again - I'll invite the wildlife :) Travis More 

Weiherhammer, Bayern, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Did the lake cruise and also rented a boat for an hour, both we well worth it. The cruise was excellent, lots of good information. Wonderful views.

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Thank Patrick D
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Yeah!! Thanks Patrick D for taking both our one hour interpretive cruise and renting a small boat to get up close and personal with Minnewanka. Love hearing reviews like this one, thanks again for sharing. Travis More 

San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Pretty lake with boating and picnicking areas. Nice little ice cream place too. Plenty of parking and nice clean facilities.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi Roohi R, thanks for visiting and enjoying some ice cream at the Black Anchor Snack Shop. Thanks for pointing out the clean facilities - hope to see you again. Travis More 

Surrey, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful view, it was a sunny day. Very busy and the road was closed but we were able to get through.

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Thank whistleish
BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi ishks, thanks for sharing your experience. The road across the dam was closed the other day for some construction work on the dam infrastructure. Glad you made it despite the traffic challenges to see the spectacular views. Travis More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Tourism has boomed and Lake Minnewanka is heavily crowded. Very noisy families at the day use areas with ghettoblasters. It is difficult to really sense the otherwise beautiful scenery. You have the feeling like being in a busy amusement park.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi Vibeke B, sorry to hear you found the day use area like a busy amusement park. I realize things gets busy in the picnic shelters and access walk ways, but don't hear often that people can't find space to 'get away from it all.' Hope you give Minnewanka and Two Jake Lake another try before too long. Thanks for... More 

Vancouver
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful spot for taking in the beauty of nature. Rent a boat, give fishing a try or just hike around and have a picnic. I will be back again one day soon.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you Rockin_RR, what a great review! Thanks for visiting, I look forward to hearing about your next trip to the lake and what activity you choose to do. Travis Mann More 

bucks
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A lovely lake but only has limited footpaths around part of the lake. You can take a boat ride around the lake, expect plenty of tourists.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi littlegracie, thanks for stopping by. The south side of the lake doesn't have any trails on it, partly to protect one of the wolf packs in the area. The trail on the north shore spans approx 30 KM's so plenty of terrain accessible for those who are after it. Hope you enjoyed your time in Banff National Park. Travis More 

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