Lake Minnewanka may be one of the most beautiful and relaxing ways to enjoy the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park. The lake lies in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, just a 15-minute drive from the townsite of Banff.
A cruise on this beautiful lake provides a unique sightseeing tour experience, with the chance to see some of Banff’s most amazing peaks and wildlife, and to learn about the history of this amazing park, the first in the Canadian Rockies.
Get out on the lake on one of two 48 passenger Lake Cruisers or the 65 passenger Alberta Explorer operating several times daily from mid-May to mid-October. This magnificent interpretive lake cruise of Minnewanka and the scenic Canadian Rockies is just over one hour and provides unique photo opportunities unavailable elsewhere. The experienced crew will guide you through this rugged paradise richly steeped in history, native folklore and geology. The narration is intriguing, entertaining and informative. You will learn about the wildlife and vegetation that inhabit these mountains, the early explorers who named them and the tremendous forces that created them. The Lake Minnewanka valley offers some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies.
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Lake Minnewanka Cruise
Explore the largest lake in Banff National Park on this magnificent one hour interpretive cruise that introduces the rugged paradise richly steeped in history, native folklore and geology. Travel on a modern Lake Cruiser, as an experienced captain and entertaining guide explore the ‘water of the spirits’ and share tales of First Nations people and early explorers that first discovered the area. Learn about the tremendous forces that created the surrounding mountains and stay on the lookout for wildlife that frequent the lake. Lake Cruisers depart hourly on the hour between 10am and 6pm (last departure – evening wildlife cruise).
The ideal solution for those looking to explore the lake independently! 16 foot aluminum motorboats, complete with all the necessary safety equipment, are available by the hour, half or full day.
Lake Minnewanka is home to a large population of rocky mountain wildlife, including bald eagles, ospreys, elk, mountain sheep and deer. This is nature’s wild playground, so a camera is a must!
Hike, Bike, Picnic, and be Merry
Lake Minnewanka is one of the most popular recreational areas in Banff National Park. Adventure onto the trails leading around the lake or sit back and relax in one of the several sheltered picnic spots.