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“Pretty but $$$$”
Review of Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka
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US$52.17*
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Banff Lake Cruise
Ranked #8 of 82 things to do in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: There’s no comparing the emerald green waters of Minnewanka with any urban landscape. Mountain ridges stretch as far as the eye can see, eventually blurring into a blissful cascade of colours.
Reviewed 6 July 2014

I thought the lake was ok nothing special but $46 for an hour cruise around a not very exciting lake, skip it and hike instead

1  Thank stevenrph
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Stayed at Two Jacks Campground at the end of Lk Minnewanka at a site along the river. Was a fairly wooded campground, beautiful coloured lake and the picture perfect quiet camping spot. Its so nice to get away from the crows in Banff and to feel like your really camping and in the mountains. Skip the hotels in Banff and stay here!!

Thank Cori N
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We enjoyed a narrated cruise of Lake Minnewanka several miles east of Banff on July 4 and learned about the geological history and modern day developments since the pre-WWII period that led to this beautiful snow-melt fed lake nestled in the Banff National Park. This lake provides power for all of the surrounding communities and recreational activities in this part of Alberta and enjoys a rich history.

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

The tour sounded a bit tame for our boisterous kids so we went with the option to rent a small boat with an outboard motor. The rental place is run by the same people doing the tours, and they restrict you to staying in sight of the dam - which is about 8km out and back. We did this on the boat in an hour, which was just right. It was sunny but rather cool, and we sped along the lake watching for wildlife on the shore. The rental was around $50 for the first hour which is considerably cheaper than putting 4 people on the tour boat and a lot more fun.

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Although Lake Minnewanka is a lovely sight by land, I highly recommend taking the 1 hour boat tour to appreciate its vastness and glory. Our tour guide provided a very entertaining talking tour that included detailed history of the lake and surrounding mountains, valleys, and animals. It is best to visit on a sunny day for the best photo-taking. In June it was still breezy enough to warrant a fleece jacket and long pants, especially if you are taking the boat tour (it is a covered boat). Have your camera and sunscreen handy!

Thank Bui101
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