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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 Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
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Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
$142.80 per adult
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Introduction to the Rockies
Our tour guide, Robbie, was a delight. Very informative tour. Amazing views of the lakes and mountains. The time spent in each spot was sufficient. I recommend this tour.
Mary_C, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Nature is magical
Maylee_L, Jul 2022
Experience Banff National Park & Lake Louise | Moraine Lake - PRIVATE DAY TOUR
It was the most magical day of our Canadian trip! Thank you Arnel for your patience and photography skills. Thanks to you we have memories that will remain forever engraved in our heart. PS: Mother nature is a goddess!
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Tour of a lifetime
Gaurav_V, Jul 2022
Experience Banff National Park & Lake Louise | Moraine Lake - PRIVATE DAY TOUR
This tour is one of the main highlights of my Canadian trip.My guide Ali was very knowledgeable about the area,easy going and full of professionalism.He also took so many great photos of me.Covered all the main attraction and really enjoyed the friendly company.Would love to do another tour once I'm Back next.
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Amazing views
HARSHA_R, Jul 2022
Experience Banff National Park & Lake Louise | Moraine Lake - PRIVATE DAY TOUR
The driver Arnel was excellent He knew all the places very well. We all had an amazing time. Banff is just so beautiful. All the lakes were amazing beautiful blue water. Would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Best way to see the area!!
Constance_B, Jun 2022
Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 12 guests
Robbie was excellent! He took us to the best places possible with the weather. We saw lots of wildlife, thanks to him. Highly recommend this tour!!!!
star-5
A buck-list trip
Sandra_W, Jul 2022
Experience Banff National Park & Lake Louise | Moraine Lake - PRIVATE DAY TOUR
The majestic mountains were awesome. Jobo our driver was informative, courteous, and extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
star-5
Best company
cory_h, Aug 2021
Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 12 guests
Go with beyond Banff. Robbie is an amazing guide, very knowledgeable and very accommodating. Thank you again for the wonderful time!
star-5
Beyond Banff is Amazing
alex_i, Jul 2021
Private Tour for up to 24 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-4
Magic views
cyrille_s, Nov 2020
Lake Minnewanka, Snow Activity/Lake Louise 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
Great visit. Nice guide. Great explanations and good knowledge of the sites. Highly recommending this day trip
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Our tour guide Manny made...
shahrzad_s, Jul 2022
Experience Banff National Park & Lake Louise | Moraine Lake - PRIVATE DAY TOUR
Our tour guide Manny made this experience extra wonderful. He was on time picking us at the hotel. A very pleasant individual and extremely patient with our loud group. He covered all the sights included in the itinerary and more with a surprise and out of this world final destination. I highly recommend this tour company and specifically Manny, our tour guide. Thank you for making our reunion extra special.
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Breathtaking day
Bill_M, Jul 2022
Experience Banff National Park & Lake Louise | Moraine Lake - PRIVATE DAY TOUR
Amazing experience with Jef, an exceptional tour guide. He made sure we did what we wanted and that we had the full experience since we only had one day. It was a day well worth the price. This tour is how you must see Banff and the surrounding lakes. Beautiful and breathtaking!
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This tour was amazing!...
Faby_G, Jun 2022
Experience Banff National Park & Lake Louise | Moraine Lake - PRIVATE DAY TOUR
This tour was amazing! Made our first time experience at Banff so memorable and easy! Jeff was a great guide! He was very attentive and made sure to help take pictures of us at every destination. He gave great recommendations throughout the trip and made the experience so fun!
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Arnel is very...
Jill_L, Jun 2022
Experience Banff National Park & Lake Louise | Moraine Lake - PRIVATE DAY TOUR
Arnel is very knowledgeable and patient, he did not rush us at any scenic spots and always remind us to enjoy the moment and take as much time as we need. Highly recommend
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Lake Minnewanka?
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