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“Worth the effort”
Review of Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka
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Owner description: Banff National Park's largest waterway.
Woods Hole
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“Worth the effort”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

This is a wonderful hike up to the falls and along this dramatic glacial lake. We skipped the boat trip but had we time it took you much further than the walk did.

Visited September 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Lovely sight, Boat tour so/so”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

We drove the Lake Minnewanka loop a couple times this past week, beautiful stops along the way, picnic lunch by the lake was picturesque. Took the boat tour and found is was okay, nothing special.

Visited October 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Prettiest lake-easily accessible”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

I think Minnewanka is a stunning lake and you don't have to hike to get there. Picnics, canoeing, hiking, boating or skating in the winter are all possible.
We had the amazing chance to skate there last winter and it was one of the most unforgettable experiences. The Park Staff could not say whether the ice was safe or not (liability issues) but they were very friendly and helpful.
Definitely worth a visit!

Visited September 2013
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Kontich, Belgium
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“Walk through nature near Banff”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

As most nature areas in Alberta & British Columbia are mainly used for outdoor activities, Lake Minewanka offers quite a lot of opportunities. Shorter & longer walks are possible - we walked to Stewart Canyon. Tourist season was over, so the area was not crowded.

Visited September 2013
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“great scenic drive and hike”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

I did a little drive around and also took a hike. Easy access and well worth the visit.
I hiked about 5km, didn't have enough time to do the longer loop. Was alone and it was my first hike on this trip. It was flat enough but also had some elevation change to make it a good intro hike to the region.

Visited September 2013
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