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Lake Minnewanka, Banff

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#5 of 49 in Parks in Banff National Park
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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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  • I had high expectations for this one after visiting Moraine, Emerald and Louise lakes. Totally dissappointed and not worth going there. It's nice but it shouldn't be a "must visit" as people say.  more »
  • Great drive to the lake. We saw deer twice. At the lake we hiked along the shore and the canyon . Very nice hike, not difficult and through an amazingly nice forest.  more »
  • We arrived about 10am, and had a lovely walk to the Bridge and back (the rest of the trail was closed to small groups due to it being bear-berry-eating season!). At lunch it started to get busy.  more »

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