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Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park

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Survey the majestic Lake Minnewanka, its name meaning "Water of the Spirits" in the language of the indigenous peoples who settled here at least 10,000 years ago. The longest lake in Canada offers many hiking and biking trails to explore and enjoy, as well as a wealth of amazing wildlife to observe, from elk to bears. Consider a boat tour from the lake’s west end, which makes a great way to enjoy the changing faces of the impressive 3,162 m (10,374 ft) Mount Aylmer, which stands imposingly next to the lake. You can park your car near to the boat tour's departure point. Add Lake Minnewanka to your Banff National Park travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Banff National Park day trip planning site.
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  • We had beautiful weather when we drove to Lake Minnewanka and hiked around a good portion of the lake. Lake Minnewanka would be lovely now matter what the weather was. 
    We had beautiful weather when we drove to Lake Minnewanka and hiked around a good portion of the lake. Lake Minnewanka would be lovely now matter what the weather was.  more »
  • Enjoyed the drive through beautiful landscapes with a dusting of fresh snow. The lake was not yet frozen, so its turquoise colour contrasted beautifully with the white snow. 
    Enjoyed the drive through beautiful landscapes with a dusting of fresh snow. The lake was not yet frozen, so its turquoise colour contrasted beautifully with the white snow.  more »
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  • Beautiful lake in Banff National Park. There are few picnic tables by the lake. There are big parking lot close to the lake but always busy. Most of the time it is hard to find a parking spot. Washroom facility is available too.
  • Beautiful, easy to get to and drive along the lake. The views are absolutely stunning, the color of the lake in July is unbelievable. If you are in the area, I'd recommend at least a drive along the lake if your are in a hurry, it doesn't take long at all.

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