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Lake Minnewanka, Banff

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Lake Minnewanka and other Banff National Park attractions using our handy Banff National Park trip generator.
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  • This is a great area for pictures. There are many possible stops depending on what you are looking for (beach, picnic, cruise). It is just a short drive from Banff Town.  more »
  • What a magnificent area. Walk a few kilometers into the bear infested woods and get a sense of being in the 'Great Outdoors'. Trails are clean and well maintained. The blueish look of the lake and the...  more »
  • Lovely lake located approximately 10-15 minute drive from the township of Banff. The day we visited it was overcast and had been snowing the day before. The lake was partially unfrozen and was not its...  more »