Lake Minnewanka, 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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  • The views and wildlife! There is an awesome loop going through this area and it is all spectacular. The mountains and the wildlife are just everything.  more »
  • My family participated in an amazing boat cruise on the lake, very well done by our 2 tour guides (Lauren and Lauren). Would highly recommend!  more »
  • This lake is beautiful, just like all lakes in Banff National Park. It is a short drive from Banff but I would highly recommend leaving your car at the hotel and taking the #6 ROAM bus to the lake...  more »
  • Sunken ghost town here
  • Nice views of the northern lights and stars.
  • Frozen Lake Minnewanka
  • Swimming there so beautiful
  • It's beautiful lake to visit with family in all seasons.

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