The well-being of our guests and staff has always been our top concern. This season we are taking extra measures to ensure you can travel with confidence. This includes the peace of mind to cancel anytime and receive a full refund.

By order of the Government of Alberta, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result within 72 hours of your visit is required. Learn more

Read our full Covid safety promise

  • Crowd-Free Comfort and Mandatory Masks Crowd-Free Comfort and Mandatory Masks
  • Enhanced cleaning program Enhanced cleaning program
  • Rigorous staff training Rigorous staff training
  • Peace of mind Peace of mind
  • Flexible Cancellations Policy Flexible Cancellations Policy

Hit the open water this summer at Minnewanka!

Watch for wildlife, feel the fresh air and get adventurous on Banff's largest lake. Our heated, covered boats mean you can explore in any weather. Join us every afternoon to sample some of the best local brews on our Beer Voyage cruise. Plus, stop by the Black Anchor Snack Shop for a picnic lunch before or after your cruise to make a day out of it. It just feels like summer out here!

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Getting to the Lake

Lake Minnewanka is one of Banff’s most popular destinations and the parking lot fills quickly. For the best experience, we recommend taking Route 6 of the Bow Valley's Roam Public Transit service from Downtown Banff to Lake Minnewanka. Visit Roam Transit for more information.

If you're driving, please arrive at least two hours prior to your cruise time to ensure you find a parking spot and have time to explore the area from the shore.

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By order of the Government of Alberta, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result within 72 hours of your visit is required. Learn more

Alberta residents save up to 20%
Ages 5 and under ride free anytime
Cancel up to 2 days before your trip for a full refund

2022 Dates
May – October, 2022*

*Weather dependent


There’s no comparing the emerald green waters of Minnewanka with any urban landscape. Rent a kayak or canoe and discover the lake's quiet corners at your own pace.

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Helping you stay and explore with confidence.

Our Lysol partnership provides guests and staff with products, protocols and delivery systems that enhance the peace of mind offered by our Safety Promise.

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Tips & Tricks

Perfect Timing

Your best bet is to arrive early morning or late afternoon. Beat the crowds and increase your chance of wildlife sightings. The best time to visit Lake Minnewanka is before 11 AM and after 3 PM.

Black Anchor Snack Shop

Take in the amazing views with a picnic beside the lake, or grab lunch after your Lake Minnewanka Cruise. The perfect solution to a light afternoon craving after a day of exploring.

Motorboat and Kayak/Canoe Rentals

A great way to explore Lake Minnewanka independently or for a little family fun. Rent 16-foot aluminum motorboats complete with safety equipment and gas or, rent a kayak or canoe.

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Guided Fishing Trips

Lake Minnewanka offers the premier Banff fishing experience. All boats are fully equipped, including a professional, licensed guide, rods, reels, tackle, and modern tracking equipment for a memorable day out.

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Beer Voyage

Join us in the evening for the best Minnewanka experience, complete with a unique interpretive tour, a selection of local craft beer and the most magical time of day.

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Family Cruise - Kids go Free

Join us at 12 PM & 3 PM for a cruise tailor-made for families with children 12 and under. It even includes a cool treat for everyone when you dock!

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Cruise into Happily Ever After

Board your own private cruise boat and set sail to a remote location on beautiful Lake Minnewanka. Listen as your vows echo through the mountains and your guests celebrate your day—one never to be forgotten.

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Private Group Cruises

Take your group event on an exclusive private cruise on Banff’s largest lake. Cruise aboard an enclosed boat through towering peaks and stunning mountain vistas. Enjoy the engaging interpretive commentary while your group escapes to the remote reaches of Banff National Park. Private cruises are available for up to 50 guests. Upgrade your classic cruise to a wine and cheese cruise and treat your guests to select pairings of Canadian wine and cheeses. Elevate your event further with dinner above Banff at the Banff Gondola and give your guests our signature Banff experience.

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