Banff Lake Cruise

Banff Lake Cruise
Banff Lake Cruise

Banff Lake Cruise

Guided boat tour adds to your Banff adventure
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Boating in Banff

Lake Minnewanka, which is just a few minutes' drive away from Banff, looks pretty beautiful from the shore. But there's something pretty spectacular about soaking up the scenery from way out on the water, while someone gives you a heads up about the history and culture of the area. Banff Lake Cruise offers hour-long interpretive boat cruises, where guides fill you in on the folklore of the area's First Nations people and the explorers who mapped the area. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including bald eagles, elk and deer (or, hey, maybe the famous Minnewanka Squirrel!). If fishing's your thing, sign up for a guided trip, and have an experienced guide show you all the best spots. Rather head out on your own? You'll find boat rentals here, too. When you come in from the water, stop in at the snack bar for a bite to eat, or relax at the picnic area nearby. You'll also find plenty of opportunities to hike on the trails that circle the lake.

Why Go

Lake Minnewanka, which is just a few minutes' drive away from Banff, looks pretty beautiful from the shore. But there's something pretty spectacular about soaking up the scenery from way out on the water, while someone gives you a heads up about the history and culture of the area. Banff Lake Cruise offers hour-long interpretive boat cruises, where guides fill you in on the folklore of the area's First Nations people and the explorers who mapped the area. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including bald eagles, elk and deer (or, hey, maybe the famous Minnewanka Squirrel!). If fishing's your thing, sign up for a guided trip, and have an experienced guide show you all the best spots. Rather head out on your own? You'll find boat rentals here, too. When you come in from the water, stop in at the snack bar for a bite to eat, or relax at the picnic area nearby. You'll also find plenty of opportunities to hike on the trails that circle the lake.

What's Great

Just a few minutes from the town of Banff, take an hour-long interpretive boat cruise to learn about the area's First Nations people and the explorers who mapped the area. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including bald eagles, elk and deer (or, hey, maybe the famous Minnewanka Squirrel!).

Local Tip:

Arrive early on a weekday to enjoy this experience with fewer visitors.