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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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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

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The lake here in summer is beau6. You can do a small hike or a big hike. Plus scuba diving to look at the town resting beneath. Boat roads over the lake and even in winter it is... read more

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Banff, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The lake here in summer is beau6. You can do a small hike or a big hike. Plus scuba diving to look at the town resting beneath. Boat roads over the lake and even in winter it is a wonderful spot

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We drove here for a refreshing walk on the Lake which was frozen over. It's only a few minutes from the centre of Banff Town and well worth a stroll around the area. The views we're really spectacular of the surrounding mountains covered in snow.It was nice change to a walk around the town and made you feel if you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ive visited here in July and now Feb. Seeing the contrast is amazing. Beautiful lake. Well worth the trip. Take a picnic in Summer

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Brandon B. Lake Minnewanka sure is a pretty special place 12 months of the year. Picnics, boat rides, ice cream, hiking, skating, skiing - so much to do! Thanks, Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice park to rest, lunch or hike a few mt or many km. The bridges have spectacular views all around, and there are many trails if you want to hike. There is a parking lot and facilities.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hello Jorge-Mx-F, thank you for visiting Lake Minnewanka and posting a review. Plenty of areas to explore within easy walking distances of the parking lots and even more for those willing to travel further. Hope to see you again. Travis Mann More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

just a very short distance from the Town of Banff, there is no shortage of scenarios while driving those postcard style and you are seen them in person, one you get to the lake the wow factor is hard to avoid coming out loud, if you are lucky and no much snow has fallen you can see bubbles frozen under... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you Lalopicacho for this lovely review. I love your mention of commenting on the beauty of the area out loud. I find that I do this too even after seeing the Lake hundreds of times. Thanks for sharing your experience. Travis More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lake was of course frozen solid in January and looked idyllic, surrounded by high mountains. We enjoyed a short walk on the lake and along its shore. Well worth the short drive (about 15 minutes) from Banff.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review w84. The lake takes on a very surreal look when frozen, definately worth the short drive up from downtown Banff if you have time. Regards, Travis Mann More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lake is a few minutes drive from Banff through nice woodland with good potential for seeing wildlife. The lake has good facilities and parking and boat trips over the lake. We took one of these to the far end of the lake - it was a very nice trip with good commentary. There is a circular road back to... More 

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hello Icthio, thanks for the review and for taking our one hour interpretive cruise at Lake Minnewanka, I'm glad you enjoyed it. As you point out, great chances to spot some wildlife between the highway and the lake on whichever route you travel. Hope to see you again in the future. Travis More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here a winters morning as we headed back out to Calgary from Banff, lucky to come across group of elks on each side of the road quite close to the road about 10-15metres. The lake itself was frozen over and provided amazing views through to the mountain on the otherside from the parking lot.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi Jason N, thanks for stopping by Lake Minnewanka. A large herd of Elk have been calling the area home for the last while and sure are stunning animals. The mountain you mention is Inglismaldie, it's my favourite in the Banff area and makes a great back drop for photos! Thanks, Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise More 

Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Lake Minnewanka in Sept. 2016. Took a lovely boat ride around the lake. Good guide, informative. Many picture opportunities.

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Hi Travel_junkies_66, thank you very much for taking our cruise in the Fall and sharing your experience with us! Love hearing you enjoyed your experience and found your guide informative. Hope your photos turned out. Thanks, Travis Mann More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful sights, saw a Bear not all too far from here as well! Been here multiple times and when I eventually head back to Banff I will stop by here again surley!

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BrewsterTravelCanada, Manager at Lake Minnewanka, responded to this review

Thank you Brian N for stopping by Lake Minnewanka - not a bad backdrop to see some wildlife! The photo opportunities are endless, hope to see you on your next trip to Banff. Travis Mann Manager, Banff Lake Cruise More 

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