Banff Lake Minnewanka Cruise


  • Lake Minnewanka Cruise.

On the surface, Lake Minnewanka in Alberta, looks like most other glacial lakes you will see on your Canada holiday. Surrounded by forests of evergreen trees and nestled along the eastern edge of Banff National Park, the 13-mile-long lake is among the famous places to visit in Canada and has been attracting tourists for years. However, not many visitors know that the lake, as it appears today, is a modern addition to the natural landscape, and that the area, before it was flooded, was home to a bustling lakeside resort town that today lies under the icy cold waters and can be seen when you go scuba diving.

Just a 15-minute drive from the Banff townsite and a signature Canada tourism experience, the Minnewanka Lake Cruise is one of the best things to do in Banff. Usually about an hour, this interpretive cruise is a lovely way to view the scenic mountains and clear waters, while your knowledgeable guide shares inside stories of the region’s fascinating history, culture and geology. Soak in the breathtaking sight of emerald waters melding with snow-sloped mountains and plump waterfalls, while keeping your eyes open for local wildlife along the way.

The lake got its name from the Stoney Nakoda First Nations people, who call it Minn-waki or ‘Lake of the Spirits’. Along the northwest stretch of the lake, at Sandy Beach, archaeologists have unearthed artifacts dating back to 14,000 years ago, including spear points, arrowheads, and other implements used by the indigenous tribes who once called this region home. The highlight of this spectacular Canadian trip is the Devil’s Gap, a glacial path carved through Lake Minnewanka from the foothills of the Rockies.

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  • Admission to Lake Minnewanka Cruise.
  • Provincial Taxes &GST.


  • Transfers from hotel to Lake Minnewanka Cruise.
  • Travel Insurance - recommended. We require Travel Agent to secure a signed Waiver in the event client declines your offer to sell Travel Insurance. DMCi will require Travel Agent to provide us the signed waiver when required as a part of the Terms & Conditions of Contract. DMCi sells Manulife Travel Insurance. Please check with us for rates.
  • Bottled Water.


Cost per person in CA $s from

Year Adult Child (6 to 15) Child below 5
2020 CA$ 58 CA$ 29 Free
2021 CA$ 61 CA$ 31 Free

Inclusive of GST.

Notes about this Tour

  • This is a weather dependant tour.
  • Cruise capacity is reduced to allow proper physical distancing.
  • The Lake Minnewanka boathouse is fully wheelchair accessible with access ramps leading down to the dock. The Minnewanka II that is available to take wheelchairs onboard.
  • Hours of operation subject to change without notice.
  • For the safety of those onboard bear spray is not permitted on cruises.

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