Lake Minnewanka Lakeside Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Lake Minnewanka Lakeside Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1715 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

17 days ago

We loved the variety of terrains on this trail! We started out on a fairly level path that followed the shoreline of Lake Minnewanka, crossed a tributary at Stewart Canyon, began ascending through a pleasant forest, and continued to climb as the woods thinned out in places and the soft ground of the forest gave way to rocky terrain. We were not determined to complete the trail, which is probably a good thing, since we decided to turn back when we encountered some significant sleet and found the severed lower leg of a deer about 5 feet from the trail. It was quite the adventure, and the views of the lake and surrounding mountains were amazing. Would definitely do this trail again.

1 month ago

Really beautiful lake. Came during the 2nd week of May and the lake was still partially frozen for a very unique view. I heard it gets extremely crowded during the summer & early fall. But today it wasn’t too crowded. Didn’t do the trail. Just hung out on the rocky beach. Gorgeous.

backpacking
10 months ago

The trail isn't too difficult and the camp sight at LM8 is really nice with a little beach. Very enjoyable hike and backpacking experience. Only downside we could not bring the dog due to all the bears.

hiking
10 months ago