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Lake Minnewanka Tours

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Lake Minnewanka
Just outside of Banff, Lake Minnewanka is everything a mountain lake should be: crystal clear, glacier fed, and surrounded by alpine forests and imposing peaks. A visit to Lake Minnewanka is a perfect introduction to the beautiful Canadian Rockies. It’s also the only lake in Banff National Park that allows privately operated motorboats.

The Basics
In the summer, you can rent a canoe to spend some quiet time on Lake Minnewanka’s emerald-green water, captain your own vessel, or join a group for a 60-minute cruise. If you prefer dry land, opt for a hike or bike around the lake.

Many boat tours offer commentary about the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and their people, flora, and fauna, as do Banff and other park sightseeing tours that visit Lake Minnewanka.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lake Minnewanka is ideal for outdoors lovers.
  • Winter in Alberta can last a long time, especially in the Rockies. The ice on the lake can form by October and may not melt until well into May.
  • Banff National Park hiking trails are subject to closure if bears are in the area. Make sure you heed any relevant signs.
  • Lake Minnewanka is a great spot for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The 9-mile (14-kilometer) Cascade Trail is groomed regularly.

How to Get There
Lake Minnewanka is a 15-minute drive from the town of Banff; there’s a free parking lot available near Minnewanka Landing. A public bus in Banff National Park goes to the lake, and when it is very busy, a Parks Canada shuttle also runs along the same route.

When to Get There
The summer months (end of June through August) are peak season in Banff. Saturdays and Sundays are particularly busy, with weekend warriors visiting from Calgary. To avoid the crowds, visit during shoulder season (mid-May to mid-June and September) on a weekday.

Scuba Diving and the Submerged Village
From above, Lake Minnewanka is a typical, albeit a uniquely beautiful, lake. But beneath the surface lies a secret—the submerged village of Minnewanka Landing. From 1888 to 1912, the village served as a summer hub, with restaurants, a hotel, and wharves that launched cruise boats. Consecutive dams spelled the end of the village, first flooding and then finally submerging it completely. Today, only scuba divers visit Minnewanka Village.
Address: Improvement District No. 9, Banff, Canada
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13 Tours and Activities to Experience Lake Minnewanka

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Lake Minnewanka CruiseDay Cruises

Lake Minnewanka Cruise

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Few places in Alberta offer the postcard beauty of Lake Minnewanka, part of Banff National Park. Admire views of the Canadian Rockies and prairies as you cruise across the turquoise-hued lake and over to Devil’s Gap during this boat tour. Scan the lakeshore for big-horned sheep, deer, bald eagles, and even the occasional bear. Along the way, learn about the indigenous people who used to call the surrounding area their home. A perfect excursion for nature lovers and families alike.
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Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day TourDay Trips

Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour

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The Rockies boast some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery, but the rugged mountain terrain poses a unique set of challenges. On this full-day sightseeing tour, enjoy round-trip travel from Banff and reach far-flung attractions including Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway in comfort. Stop at picturesque spots including Bow Falls and Moraine Lake, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 15 people.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Summer Tour: Banff and its WildlifeNature and Wildlife

Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

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Explore the historic landmarks and natural wonders near the town of Banff on this half-day, small-group tour. Admire the unparalleled beauty of natural sights including Bow Falls, the surreal Hoodoos rock formation, and beautiful Lake Minnewanka, among others. This guided tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Banff, a professional guide, and light refreshments.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 13 guestsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 13 guests

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See the vast landscapes, soaring mountains, and baby blue Lake Louise during this small-group, full-day, guided tour of Banff onboard a mini-bus. Experience driving on the Ice Field Parkway and make a stop at Lake Minnewanka keeping an eye out for elks and bighorn sheep. Lookout over the mountain town of Banff from high above at the Mount Norquay from lookout before stopping at Chateau Lake Louise to explore.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in BanffPhotography Tours

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Banff

Travelers in Banff, Canada experience stunning mountain vistas that serve as the perfect backdrop for vacation photos. But if you want images that you can really treasure, don't settle for average smartphone snapshots. Instead try this private photoshoot experience with a professional photographer. Just pick a day and select your preferred Banff route, and after your shoot, bring home dozens of high resolution images that you can be proud to share with friends and family.
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Banff City Sightseeing Tour - Roundtrip from BanffDay Trips

Banff City Sightseeing Tour - Roundtrip from Banff

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Get a quick immersion in the stunning environment surrounding the city of Banff on this tour. Discover natural attractions like the hoodoos, strange rock pillars twisted by millions of years of wind, and take in fantastic views on a Banff Gondola ride up to Sulphur Mountain. You can also upgrade to include a cruise on placid Lake Minnewanka. This Banff sightseeing tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Winter Tour: Banff and Its WildlifeNature and Wildlife

Winter Tour: Banff and Its Wildlife

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Take an unexpected winter excursion through the landscape of Banff as you search for the park’s famous wildlife on this tour. Head out on a nature-spotting tour to observe animals and learn about their ability to survive the cold winter months. Your morning tour includes round-trip transportation, a professional guide, a light snack and hot chocolate.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Banff At First Light Private TourHalf-day Tours

Banff At First Light Private Tour

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It’s early morning. The sky is in pure darkness, and you’re surrounded by stillness. You, alongside your local photographer guide, are out on-location to shoot one of nature’s greatest shows: sunrise. Take in the icons of Banff National Park as many don’t see them. Focus in as the first light of morning casts it’s warm glow on Mount Rundle from Two Jack Lake and Vermilion Lakes. The tour will then head to one or two more locations, depending on time and light conditions. Your guide’s know-how and extensive experience in the Park will show you the way, giving you absolute peace of mind that you’re at the very best location and primed to get the photo result you’re striving for. All this, while taking in your serene surroundings - making a memorable experience for any photographer.
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in BanffPhotography Tours

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Banff

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Banff and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Banff, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in BanffPhotography Tours

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Banff

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Banff and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Banff, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Banff Area Full Day & Canyon Walk Tour from CalgaryDay Trips

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Banff Area Full Day & Canyon Walk Tour from Calgary

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Attractions & Activities: ● Sulphur Mountain Gondola (Optional) ● Banff Town ● Johnston Canyon or Upgrade to Horseback Ride/Floating/Cruise ● Bow Falls ● Surprise Corner ● Hoodoos Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with a variety of 1-day tour. From the quaint mountainside town of Banff, to the must-visit natural attraction Johnston Canyon. Scope out the snow-dusted peaks, misty falls, and dramatic canyons around Banff as you explore this rugged slice of Alberta with an experienced guide. Snap photos of Johnston Canyon's limestone-carving creek, enjoy some leisure time in downtown Banff, Indulging with the sweeping views from Surprise Corner. You could also choose to upgrade to below fun activities, approx. 1 hour (please confirm with tour operator your choice after booking; admission fee will be applied; actvities are subject to availability and weather conditions), (#A) Bow River Floating (#B) Bow River Horseback Ride (#C) Banff Lake Minnewanka Cruise
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  • 10 hours
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Banff Area Full Day & Hiking Tour from CalgaryDay Trips

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Banff Area Full Day & Hiking Tour from Calgary

Attractions & Activities: ● Sulphur Mountain Gondola (Optional) ● Banff Town ● Tunnel Mounain Hiking or Upgrade to Horseback Ride/Floating/Cruise ● Bow Falls ● Surprise Corner ● Hoodoos Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with a variety of 1-day tour. From the quaint mountainside town of Banff, to the refreshing Tunnel Mountain Hiking, indulging yourself with the snow-dusted peaks, misty falls, and stunning views of ownsite, the Bow and Spray River valleys, the Banff Springs Golf Course, and surrounding peaks as you explore this rugged slice of Alberta with an experienced guide. Upgrade to optional activities are available (please confirm with tour operator your choice after booking; admission fee will be applied; actvities are subject to availability and weather conditions), (#A) Bow River Floating (#B) Bow River Horseback Ride (#C) Banff Lake Minnewanka Cruise Note: Tunnel Mountain Hiking is self-guided with the drop-off service & provided hiking/trail information
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Banff Photo Night TourNature and Wildlife

Banff Photo Night Tour

This tour takes you to Banff's most scenic and iconic photo spots in the evening. Explore the night of Banff area, and let our friendly guide take incredible photos of you right on your phone or camera. It's the best way to see the highlights of evening Banff and you might have a chance to see some wild animal during the tour. You will have a good time and capture brag-worthy shots ready to share.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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