Survey the majestic Lake Minnewanka, its name meaning "Water of the Spirits" in the language of the indigenous peoples who settled here at least 10,000 years ago. The longest lake in Canada offers many hiking and biking trails to explore and enjoy, as well as a wealth of amazing wildlife to observe, from elk to bears. Consider a boat tour from the lake’s west end, which makes a great way to enjoy the changing faces of the impressive 3,162 m (10,374 ft) Mount Aylmer, which stands imposingly next to the lake. You can park your car near to the boat tour's departure point. Add Lake Minnewanka to your Banff National Park travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Banff National Park day trip planning site.
Tours To Lake Minnewanka
Banff City Sightseeing Tour - Roundtrip from Banff BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $128
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $61
Duration: 3 hours
Lake Minnewanka Cruise BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $43
Duration: 1 hour
Lake Minnewanka Reviews
Really enjoyed the boat rental it’s a beautiful lake and for 110 bucks for the rental it’s perfect we brought two golden retrievers on the boat it was amazing I’d definitely recommend it. more »
We arrived mid morning, around 10 a.m. and had no problem getting a parking spot. The lake is close to the parking lot so not too far to carry kayaks. We launched our kayaks at the boat launch... more »
Lake Minnewanka is an easy drive from two of the main hotel towns in the Canadian Rockies, namely Banff and Canmore. If you are staying or passing through, take a small detour, you won't be disappointed. The views are great and you can stroll along the shore without much physical effort.
Heaven on earth, one of the beautiful places, the lake cruise is an awesome experience, the tour guide is amazing. you get a lot of information while enjoying the beautiful view. Book online to avoid the lineup. Next time will go for fishing there. Love the place
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