Lake Cruise in Banff National Park, Alberta
Though well known, I still think that Minnewanka Lake is one of the hidden gems of Banff National Park. I just find it hard to believe that something this big and naturally stunning hasn’t been mentioned as a potential for a natural wonder of the world! After living in Banff for quite a while, you can grow quite accustomed to waking up to jaw dropping mountain views and deer grazing on your doorstep but Minnewanka Lake still has the power to make me stop and just stare in awe. This goes doubly when the weather is warm, the water unfrozen and the sky – blue.
You will be glad to know that yes indeed there are interpretive tours so you can do more than just admire it from a distance. There are several different options. You can fish in a “fisherman’s paradise” and try to catch the fish that will earn you bragging rights over all your friends and vegetarians. You can also rent a boat and just venture out yourself to explore everything in your own time. This is a personal recommendation – you really have to breathe in the serenity.
The season starts in May. The Lake Cruise will cost an adult $45.95 while renting a boat is $45 or for better value $120 for half the day. If it is fish you are after, rent a fishing rod for $10/day. Banff really is a paradise in the Canadian Rockies especially during the summer months when there is so much to do in so little time. At the very least, take a drive out to admire Minnewanka Lake. It is only a beautiful 5 minute drive outside the town of Banff.