Lake Minnewanka Trail is a 35.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length35.5 miElevation gain4,416 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Lake Minnewanka is a must visit when visiting Banff National Park. With lots of access to wildlife and a variety of hikes, this is an amazing part of Banff you will want to explore.

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Jim Mcdade
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HikingGreat!
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Chelsea Ramdeen
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WalkingGreat!
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Siqi Z
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Didn’t go too far but it was a really nice afternoon stroll. I really liked the history boards along the way.

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Dexter Hawryluk
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Slow and steady

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Ryan Squire
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Brian Cuthbertson
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Don’t let the sightseers put you off, they are gone within about 1 km. Lovely path with early modest climb (that scares off all but the serious walkers) and then only a lovely lake side walk- go for a swim (cold be refreshing in the extreme) and go as far as you like but turn back when ready- nice walk !

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Joshua Rim
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WalkingGreat!
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Juanzi Wang
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only first part of this trail open. kids friendly, very easy trail along the beautiful lake

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Eugenia Y
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I like this lake in the winter time.

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James Wade
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Sunny. June, 2014.

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Christina Legay
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This was a great area! There was fresh snow over a packed-down and clear trail. It was easy maneuvering and there are many options for routes to follow! We visited on February 29-2020. We did not have micro spikes and did not need them, but I would recommend gaiters.

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Peter Dang
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Snowshoe in early January from the parking lot at Lake Minnewanka to Stewart Canyon bridge and back

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Jon Haberstock
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Backpacker Jess
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Great little walk to end the day. Lake was frozen over which made for some cool photos.

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Alexia Askew
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Kim Dominguez
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Large cougar sighted along trail, 100 m past Aylmer 9 campsite.

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Mikayla Krech
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Evan Dupont
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First campsite is further up then the provided GPS, bad storm blew in had to clear bush and set up makeshift camp. Lots of predator tracks make sure you travel in groups

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Ginny Covert
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This is a different feel than the other lakes in the area. We only went to the wooden bridge and back. Pretty but if you are short on time, it is one you could skip.

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Don Ledesma
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Trailed closed after the bridge. Not much of a hike but the scene is beautiful

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Therese Trivedi
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Liked the start of the hike - beautiful lake! However we got scared off just past Stewart Canyon with the grizzly bear sign. We were a party of 3 including a 9 yo. No bear spray. Even though the restrictions don’t go into effect until 7/10 and it was only 7/2, it was too close for our comfort. Would have liked to have gone further. We went about 1/2 mile on the trail that hugged the river canyon but it didn’t really go anywhere. Another time.

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Eddy Fleuzinord
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nice trail and crowded as well. the view is to die for!

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Kathy Dunning
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Lovely views, but really easy.

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Jon Bruehl
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Part of the trail wasn’t open so only got to see half of the lake. A little disappointed because the initial views of the lake are incredible.

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Angelika Kirchmeier
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Wir sind um 09.00 Uhr losgelaufen und hatten die Strecke bis zum Campground lm08 fast für uns allein. Tolle Aussicht, guter Weg. Inklusive zwei Pausen haben wir 5 Stunden gebraucht insgesamt.

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Helen Feng
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Honestly a must see! The lake was so gorgeous. We walked maybe 5K around the lake and went back. You gotta check out the amazing views.

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Daniel Armstrong
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Great hike, nice views. Fairly crowded at beginning of trail, saw a grizzly and would of walked right into it had I not been paying attention. Just cause it’s a popular hike doesn’t mean you don’t need bear spray.

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Travel Memories
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We only went up to the wooden bridge. It’s a nice and relaxing walk, like in an urban park. Nice views of the lake and the mountains. The canyon looks wider than other canyons, more like a creek. This was Jun 6th at around 5 pm, cloudy and it was calm with few people left, we had the trail to mostly to ourselves.

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Paul Bryden
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Great hike into M8 campsite for an overnight stay. Started in the rain and then cleared up. Trail dired up nicely. Campsite has clean dry toilet and bearbox for food storage. stunning views and a busy hike back with lots of mountain bikes and day hikers. One small black bear, ginger in colour about 200m from us 4km into the hike. It sems like it was down at the lake for a drink.

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Robert Cyr
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Long and easy

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