Lake Minnewanka is one of Banff National Park’s
best known lakes, and is the largest body of water within a short distance from the town of Banff itself. With a rich human and natural history and a vastness and sheer grandeur, there’s so much to discover about this beautiful lake and so many ways to do so.
1. Hop Aboard the Lake Minnewanka Cruise
2. Self-Power Your Water Sports
The Lake Minnewanka Cruise is a one-stop-shop to make the most of your visit to Banff. Hopping aboard the cruise boats and spend an hour on the water learning interesting facts, folklore and stories of the area.
Canoeing an alpine lake is the quintessential Canadian Rockies
experience. While you’ll need to bring your own canoe to Lake Minnewanka, kayaks are available for rent from the docks. The best time to head out for non-motorized activities is during the early morning calm.
3. Picnic in Paradise
Lake Minnewanka is our number one spot for families and visitors looking to picnic around Banff, complete with fantastic views of the famous lake and surrounding mountains, picnic benches, barbecues and the chance to catch a glimpse of some of the iconic wildlife like eagles and Big-horned sheep.
4. Don’t leave so soon!
When your cruise is over, chances are you won’t want to leave the lake just yet. Shake off the “sea legs” and take a cue from hikers walking toward the Minnewanka Lakeside Trail from above the boat dock. This winding trail follows the lakeshore and is clear in the early or late season.