Lake Minnewanka, Banff

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 .
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  • Lake Cruise with Captain Kejan (or so) and Captain Sean It was such a nice Cruise and the captains told us a lot about fauna and flora  more »
  • We did the hour long tour. One guy was driving while the other entertained us. Although we departed in sunshine, up popped a thunderstorm! Two kayakers’ kayaks flipped. Our captain spotted them and re...  more »
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  • Beautiful and breathe taking views and mountains. Great for hikes, picnics, and pictures. We went on the boat cruise and had a blast. Staff was fun and friendly and very knowledgeable and very funny as well. I would recommend the cruise to everyone. We will rent our own boat next time for sure as well. Amazing place. 💗
  • One of the most beautiful lakes in the world. You can take a boat tour or just take in the beauty from the rocks! There are chipmunks everywhere. There is limited parking so many come by bus. Some bike here as well. There are some good picnic spots!
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