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  • Address: Lake Minnewanka, Banff, Canada
  • Hours: Daily

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Lake Minnewanka Tours

The glacier-fed Lake Minnewanka lies just minutes from the town of Banff, and the sight of the Canadian Rockies jutting straight up out of the 17-mile-long body of water proves breathtaking. Lake Minnewanka is the perfect location to begin exploring the wilderness protected by both Banff National Park and the larger Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage site.

Cruises operate around the lake during the summer, but there are plenty of other ways to get out on the water. Minnewanka is the only lake in the Banff area to allow privately operated motorboats, and there are 16-foot aluminum boats available for rental as well. For a more authentic adventure, canoe rentals provide the opportunity to explore for a day or more, as several backcountry campgrounds are located around the lake. Setting out on the area’s trails is definitely worth the effort, too, even if it’s only to complete the two-mile stroll to the Stewart Canyon Bridge that spans the Cascade River. The bridge has no true historical significance, but movie buffs will recognize it from the famous kiss scene in the 1954 blockbuster River of No Return, featuring Marilyn Monroe. Following the same trail, hikers have several options, including a relatively flat 15.5-mile trek to Devil’s Gap and a steep eight-mile hike to Aylmer Pass. Mountain bikers are welcome on the Devil’s Gap trail until mid-June, when grizzly bears become more common in the area. 

Practical Info

Lake Minnewanka is located six miles east of the town of Banff. It’s accessible by car year-round, and buses run every 40 minutes throughout summer.

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Banff Lake Cruise, Banff, null
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Banff Lake Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy majestic views of the Canadian Rockies while cruising beautiful Lake Minnewanka on this panoramic 1-hour interpretive cruise. Learn Native folklore while ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.56
Lake Louise and Icefield Parkway Sightseeing Full-Day Tour, Banff, Day Cruises
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Lake Louise and Icefield Parkway Sightseeing Full-Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy a full day small group tour with a professional guide at Lake Louise Parkway that contains some of the best scenery that Canada has to offer. With ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 8 to 8.5 hrs

From USD $134.64
Banff National Park Tour with a Small Group, Calgary, Cultural Tours
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Banff National Park Tour with a Small Group

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Join a day-long (approximately 11 hours) tour through the Majestic Canadian Rockies! Explore the breathtaking and inspiring scenery that Alberta has to offer. ...  Read more

Location: Calgary, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.39
5-Day Rocky Mountains Summer Premium Tour from Vancouver, Vancouver, Full-day Tours
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5-Day Rocky Mountains Summer Premium Tour from Vancouver

This tour provides a unique and truly Canadian experience with overnight stays at the beautiful Mike Wiegele Cabins in Blue River, the boutique Brewster ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $802.52
Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife, Banff, Multi-day Tours
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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Discover glorious Banff in the summertime on a 3-hour tour. Visit famous landmarks and historic places with your local guide. This small-group tour allows ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.55

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