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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
$143.45 per adult
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A Wonderful Day exploring!
We had a wonderful day exploring Banff on this tour. Seasonal conditions altered our itinerary a bit but we still got to see amazing sites. We got to see Bow Falls, The Hoodoos, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise corner, Lake Louise, Emerald Lake, Kicking Horse river, the Natural Bridge etc. The best part was our expert guide Rob Sr. whose friendly, patient demeanor and lighthearted humor made our day pleasant. He knew interesting details about each location we visited as well as the areas along the way. We highly recommend Beyond Banff tours!!!!
Christopher_B, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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We had a great day with...
Sandra_M, Dec 2021
Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing
We had a great day with Jeff, who picked us up very punctually at the designated time. The vehicle was very clean and Jeff was a great tour guide and very kindly took many photos of us in all the beautiful locations.
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Outstanding tour from the...
DrRicardo_M, Apr 2022
Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing
Outstanding tour from the scenic landscapes to the service itself. The Canadian rockies are overwhelming. Jess is an amazing guide.
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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!
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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.
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Sunday Fun day experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise we will be back to do it again
Cheryl_G, Apr 2022
Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing
Exciting travel again after 2 years we arrived 1:30am to Calgary from Sydney the communication about our tour was great on landing in Canada and during after hours. We were met as planned next morning on time at our hotel by Arnel our guide and driver for the day. Arnel was fantastic very knowledgeable about Calgary and surrounding region. Arnel took time to find out what we wanted for the day and also was mindful about comfort stops along the way whether for water/food/ or wash room. We saw Lake Louise ski resort which was humming and got to speak to a local ski instructor and had a lesson on the bears in the area. Lake Louise next where we walk on the lake had a coffee and scone in the Pantry in the Chateau and was in awe of the scenery - fyi Arnel is great taking photos for you ..... Off to walk the track at Jackson Canyon which was spectator a little slippery so make sure you have good walking shoes in April. Next to Banff and the gondola ride which was worth the stop. You can also have lunch up the top if you get there before 3. It was snowing such a treat to see snow and made the photos extra special. We ran out of time to have a good wander through Banff but worth it we had a set time to be back for a commitment we had so Arnel showed us some of the sites quickly before back to Calgary. We had only one day of fun day (9 hours) to spend in Calgary and we are so happy we choose this company - experience to do - luck in with Arnel as our guide. We will be back in summer and will tell all our mates downunder to look up this trip and company if in Calgary and wanting a fantastic experience for the day.
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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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Perfection
Jennifer_V, Aug 2019
Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 12 guests
Rob helped plan my daughters surprise engagement. He took us to the most magical place and took so many good pictures for us. The day could not have been any better.
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Great Experience!
Russ S, Jul 2019
Private Tour for up to 24 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway
Rob was a great guide. Courteous and kind. Extremely knowledgeable of the area. We spent a full day together and he did not disappoint. Great value for all we saw!
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Our guide Joey was...
Massimo_A, Aug 2021
Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing
Our guide Joey was exceptional, polite, attentive, patient, and a great guy. Excellent experience would definitely recommend. Thank you Joey.
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The best trip ever!
Heizel_G, Aug 2021
Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing
We had so much fun! Our tour guide very friendly and helpful we feel like we are VIP! Abest Transport and Tour Services is the best! Manny is our tour guide and owner and operator! 👍👍👍
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Beautiful day
Jake_L, Aug 2021
Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing
Great day to spend with my wife perusing the glorious land and water that Joe took us to. Awesome scenery and awesome day. Our driver Joe was an exceptional guide and really liked him. We would highly recommend this tour. Thanks again Joe.
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Amazing in one word!
Tahrat_T, Jul 2021
Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing
I had an amazing experience. Our operator Manny was very friendly and he covered all the places in time. They gave us a lot of snacks and water during the trip. I cant wait to visit banff again!!!!!! Abest tours and travels is the besttt!!!!!!!

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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