Lake Minnewanka, Banff

4.5
#4 of 63 in Parks in Banff National 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 winding roads leads to this lake and when we reached we found a half frozen lake. Despite that the different colour and its location was too good. Not to be missed in banff  more »
  • The largest lake in the park was a short drive from the town-site. Unfortunately, the cruise and snack store had not yet opened for the season. We plan to return soon!  more »
  • It was still frozen, but I was there 35 years ago, went on boat ride then, only a few minutes drive from Banff. Nice relaxing place to go check out.  more »
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  • One of the secrets of the rockies! This is not as popular or touristy as other lakes. Cant quite understand, but actually that's why I love this one particularly. Very nice wall all the way up to the canyon. Easy terrain. Spectacular landscapes at sunrise! Highly recommend it to visit!
  • Very pretty lake and perfect place to go star gazing or if you're lucky, northern lights. It is very dark here and barely any light pollution. You must go around here at night, when you look up there are a billion stars that you never knew existed.
  • Went during winter. Spectacular view. Wildlife can be seen in the area. A must visit spot.
  • Beautiful lake! Great for short or long hikes. Or just sitting by the shore and drinking coffee.
  • Amazing area, also saw a herd of caribou not to far away.
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