Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park

#5 of 175 in Things to do in Banff National Park
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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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  • Always a pleasure to visit in winter when the sun is out, skies are blue. It really is a beautiful place and there’s a nice trail to hike around the lake... only done bits of it so far.  more »
  • We walked the Stewart Canyon trail. Icy but doable, poles and/or ice grips recommended. Scenery beautiful.  more »
  • Sunken ghost town here
  • Nice views of the northern lights and stars.
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