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Lake Minnewanka
Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka

Improvement District No. 9, Banff

The Basics

In the summer, you can rent a canoe to spend some quiet time on Lake Minnewanka’s emerald-green water, captain your own vessel, or join a group for a 60-minute cruise. If you prefer dry land, opt for a hike or bike around the lake.

Many boat tours offer commentary about the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and their people, flora, and fauna, as do Banff and other park sightseeing tours that visit Lake Minnewanka.

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Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
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Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
$139.54 per adult
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Beautiful and a must see
Robbie was a wonderful guide and host. Very knowledgeable and a good story teller! The sites were breathtaking. Definitely layer up. It gets cold the higher you go. Loved it
BLAZE_W, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Best company
cory_h, Aug 2021
Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 13 guests
Go with beyond Banff. Robbie is an amazing guide, very knowledgeable and very accommodating. Thank you again for the wonderful time!
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The best trip ever!
Heizel_G, Aug 2021
Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing
We had so much fun! Our tour guide very friendly and helpful we feel like we are VIP! Abest Transport and Tour Services is the best! Manny is our tour guide and owner and operator! 👍👍👍
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Beautiful day
Jake_L, Aug 2021
Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing
Great day to spend with my wife perusing the glorious land and water that Joe took us to. Awesome scenery and awesome day. Our driver Joe was an exceptional guide and really liked him. We would highly recommend this tour. Thanks again Joe.
star-5
Beyond Banff is Amazing
alex_i, Jul 2021
Private Tour for 1 to 10 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway
Rob Jr. and his father are the best guides you can find in Banff and the surrounding areas. White glove service and extremely knowledgeable.
star-5
Perfection
Jennifer_V, Aug 2019
Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 13 guests
Rob helped plan my daughters surprise engagement. He took us to the most magical place and took so many good pictures for us. The day could not have been any better.
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Great Experience!
Russ S, Jul 2019
Private Tour for 1 to 10 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway
Rob was a great guide. Courteous and kind. Extremely knowledgeable of the area. We spent a full day together and he did not disappoint. Great value for all we saw!
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Amazing in one word!
Tahrat_T, Jul 2021
Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing
I had an amazing experience. Our operator Manny was very friendly and he covered all the places in time. They gave us a lot of snacks and water during the trip. I cant wait to visit banff again!!!!!! Abest tours and travels is the besttt!!!!!!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Lake Minnewanka is ideal for outdoors lovers.

  • Winter in Alberta can last a long time, especially in the Rockies. The ice on the lake can form by October and may not melt until well into May.

  • Banff National Park hiking trails are subject to closure if bears are in the area. Make sure you heed any relevant signs.

  • Lake Minnewanka is a great spot for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The 9-mile (14-kilometer) Cascade Trail is groomed regularly.

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How to Get There

Lake Minnewanka is a 15-minute drive from the town of Banff; there’s a free parking lot available near Minnewanka Landing. A public bus in Banff National Park goes to the lake, and when it is very busy, a Parks Canada shuttle also runs along the same route.

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When to Get There

The summer months (end of June through August) are peak season in Banff. Saturdays and Sundays are particularly busy, with weekend warriors visiting from Calgary. To avoid the crowds, visit during shoulder season (mid-May to mid-June and September) on a weekday.

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Scuba Diving and the Submerged Village

From above, Lake Minnewanka is a typical, albeit a uniquely beautiful, lake. But beneath the surface lies a secret—the submerged village of Minnewanka Landing. From 1888 to 1912, the village served as a summer hub, with restaurants, a hotel, and wharves that launched cruise boats. Consecutive dams spelled the end of the village, first flooding and then finally submerging it completely. Today, only scuba divers visit Minnewanka Village.

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