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Lake Minnewanka Lakeside Trail is a 10.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.1 mi Elevation gain 1,715 ft Route type Out & Back

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Bird watching

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Note: Bikes and dogs are NOT allowed on the trail from mid-July to September due to increased bear activity in the area. Please check with the park page for information.

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Reviews (194)
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Melanie Doucette
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HikingGreat!

Great trail w kids . Dress in layers , windy and cool at the start warmed up nicely. We made it to the bridge w kids , 6 and 10, little narrow in some places , lots of people .

Ulises Pallares
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Hiking

Visually stunning!

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Juliet Velasco
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HikingGreat!

Been to Lake Minnewanka but haven't done the trail. We finally did the weekend of August 8 and the view from the back was breathtaking. A great hike for the kids and did enjoy the water ( though it was cold) passed the bridge.

Norie Romano
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Hiking

head out early! Trail busy but once you cross the bridge there arent a lot of people around

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Tracey Manuel
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Hiking

We missed this in the description which is our fault but wouldn’t have come here had we known the trail doesn’t allow dogs. This is the first easy and outdoor trail I’ve seen with a dog restriction which is pretty disappointing.

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Isa 64
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Beautiful lake, very few people after the parking lot. Party of 4 people or more is a requirement as is the bear spray. campgroung LM8 closed. Easy walk.

Nina Wongsuratrakul
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Hiking

Such a beautiful scenery of the turquoise lake.

Samantha Scharf
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views of Lake Minnewanka on this trail! It is relatively flat with small inclines and a wider path in most areas. I'm not sure how busy this trail normally is, but we only encountered two other parties along the way - and this was over August long weekend! Very peaceful! Because of the terrain, I'd consider this a relatively easy trail - perhaps good for groups of varied experience or families with young kids.

Nav K
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Jenna Macken
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Hiking

Such an enjoyable trek along the lake. The views are so wonderful. Unexpected uphill on the way back towards the car, but all in all very light and easy. Some of the path is quite narrow and with the bikers (which should be off the trail now for the rest of the summer) can make for some tricky navigating. We didn’t see them, but three bears were spotted ahead of us. Lots of wildlife to see!

Melissa Li
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Great!

bring a bear spray :) beautiful view because its next to the lake although not a whole lot to offer in terms of hiking. great trail condition but longer than we expected.

Lilly Enguillo
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Hiking

Great trail, different varieties of beautiful wild flowers. Nice trail, recommended for beginners and with kids.

Chelsey Beda
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Hiking

Beautiful day and excellent trail conditions!

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Samantha N.
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Nikki Eroshinsky
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Hiking

What a wonderful trail. Amazing views all the way though. Lots of wild life along the way. I defiantly recommend this trail for first timers. No mud trail well maintained.

Bryce Fulton
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Backpacking

Beautiful hike with a bit of elevation in the middle. Great for first time backpackers. Trail is well maintained, not muddy even after significant rains. Trail can be narrate in spots with rocks and uneven ground. We camped at LM11 which had beautiful tent pads, very spaced out. All the site we saw had a cooking area table, fire pit, and food lockers well away from the tent sites. Bring a saw to cut your own deadfall for fires. During our walk we saw 3 Deer and one Black Bear. This is bear country so be sure to bring bear spray and keep scented foods/items in airtight bags/containers.

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Elisabeth Besson
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Went yesterday and hiked about 5K in until getting down to water level, but didn't feel comfortable continuing as it becomes a denser forrest and was concerned about bears. Turned back and ran into a grizzly right on the path, about 10 m away from me, just after the trail turns right and you head back down in the forrest (or just just before the trail turns left and follows the lake with rocks on your left and a cliff on the right - about 2K in from the trailhead). Walked slowly backwards with bear spray and joined about 10 people before heading back to the parking lot all together. Wow.

Parth Patel
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Hiking

Very nice and easy trail.

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James Wade
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Hiking

Sunny. June, 2014.

Brett B.
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entrance location 51°14'53"N 115°30'00"W

@crpusztay ◉⃤⃤
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HikingSnow

Beautiful in the winter too.

Patricia Müller
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Aufgrund eines extremen Wetterumschwungs nicht beendet. Aber das was wir geschafft und gesehen haben, lässt uns in schöner Erinnerung. Sehr einfach, sehr sauber und immer eine tolle Aussicht.

Davis Richardson
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Hiking

Didn’t finish the trail as I wasn’t prepared for rain. Nice walk along the lake.

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Brett Fleischman
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Hiking

Nice views. Easy lakeside trail. Nothing spectacular in terms of a hike. Just went to the bridge. Very nice lake.

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Danny Foy
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Hiking

Nice fairly gentle hike that follows the lake. At the first bridge to carry on you do need to be in a group of 4+ and have spray.

Lisa Bovaird Mingo
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Hiking

Very nice. We crossed over bridge lots of bear activity, so when another newly wed couple said they walk with us. We went on didn’t go to far heard growl and turned back. Beautiful though the length we went. Thankful to the couple that came with us. Had 3 children I did 4-11-17 very doable with children

Nienke Mue
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Hiking

Aufgrund von Bärenaktivitäten nicht weiter gegangen aber sehr schön dort.

Daria Les
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Hiking

Great trail, mostly flat with a few gentle undulating sections. We found it very easy. FYI - To complete the full trail, park rangers require groups of at least four adults (with at least one person carrying bear spray). As we were just two, we waited for another group at the bridge, and joined up with them. We encountered a grizzly bear family directly on the trail, around 2pm, about 7.8 - 8 km from the trailhead. We made quite a bit of noise and had our bear spray ready, but they scampered off quickly so there was no confrontation. Nevertheless, would highly recommend being prepared/alert! ***We were planning on completing the additional hike up to the lookout mountain, however, there were extensive signs at the trail fork noting that grizzly bears frequented the trail to the lookout and had attacked in the past. We played it safe and turned back. Date: 20 August 2019

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