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“Big-horned sheep and nesting loons”

Minnewanka Loop / Lake Johnson
Asheville, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Big-horned sheep and nesting loons”
Reviewed June 5, 2012

Lake Minnewanka was closed for walking while we were there (and requires a group of four for the hike) but is beautiful to drive around, allowing access to a large herd of Big-horned sheep who hang out on the slopes near the road. Two Jack is a lovely lake, also. There is a good trail around Lake Johnson that takes about 45 minutes to walk. At the time of our visit, parts of the lake area were closed for nesting loons. Next time we'll try to time the visit to see the loons and offspring. Also saw elk.

Visited May 2012
5 Thank pachamama092010
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Bengaluru, India
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8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Minnewanka Loop / Lake Johnson”
Reviewed May 9, 2012

We visited Minnewanka Loop early morning and it appeared so tranquil and serene! It was cloudy that day and the view was awesome! Then we drove to Two-Jack lake and Johnson lake. The reflection of the mountain in the water is so beautiful. All the places in and around Banff are too scenic.

Visited June 2011
3 Thank Rekha P
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North Miami Beach, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Minnewanka Loop / Lake Johnson A Beautiful Place to Bike”
Reviewed September 29, 2011

We started our journey with Soul Ski and Bike shop in Banff, the staff outfitted all of us perfectly and gave great directions to Lake Minnewanka. The bike trip was approximately 25 kilometers and was a moderate to strenuous ride. The Lakes are majestic with their aquamarine color and the natural beauty of the area is breath taking.

Visited September 2011
2 Thank David-Quest
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Minnewanka Loop for wildlife and scenery”
Reviewed September 18, 2011

Lake Minnewanka, located just outside of Banff, is not as scenic as other lakes but there is an informative boat ride (Brewster tours). Best part was the tour guide's advice to continue driving along the loop where mountain goats and big-horned sheep are sure to be seen -- and they were, right next to the road. Great photo op! We also took a very pleasant walk around 2 Jack Lake, also part of the loop.

Visited August 2011
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Glen Allen, Virginia
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208 reviews
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“A pleasant hike”
Reviewed September 8, 2011

On the recommendation of the friendly folk at the Parks Canada Information Office in Banff, we hiked around Johnson Lake. We had requested hikes of about 2 miles or less, with little or no elevation and not too rough underfoot. This tranquil trail fit the bill perfectly.
Again we were glad of hiking boots and sticks but we met youngsters who were hiking in flipflops. You can go round the lake either way, but be aware that if you hike with the lake on your left you have to watch out for the correct trail when you think you are nearly back. There is a marshy inlet with a creek, and in order to cross it by the bridge you have to take a right hand turn. There are no trail markers and we found this confusing.

Visited September 2011
2 Thank Yogaphile
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