Lake Minnewanka, Banff

#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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  • Although it is 12-13 km away from Banff but it is a must visit for it’s majestic beauty. Although there are far more beautiful lakes in the area being Moraine and Lake Louise and they might be the...  more »
  • A gorgeous mountain to visit with anyone. Easily accessible, lots of activities to do in the winter or summer. Lots of hiking trails start around there as well.  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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