Banff Lake Cruise

Lake Minnewanka (home of the 'Banff Crasher Squirrel') lies in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park, just a short 15 minute drive from the townsite of Banff.

The Banff Lake Cruise provides a unique sightseeing tour experience on one of two 43-passenger Lake Cruisers or our 65-passenger Alberta Explorer or Daughter of the Peaks II vessels. Cruises depart hourly between May* to mid-October, with additional cruises every half hour between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM from July 1-September 5, 2016.

This magnificent interpretive lake cruise of Minnewanka and the scenic Canadian Rockies is one hour and provides unique photo opportunities unavailable anywhere else. Our experienced crew will guide you through this rugged paradise richly steeped in history, native folklore and geology. The narration is intriguing, entertaining and informative. You will learn about the wildlife and vegetation that inhabit these mountains, the early explorers who named them and the tremendous forces that created them.

The Lake Minnewanka valley offers some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies.
from $56.95
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The Banff Lake Cruise is now closed for winter and will reopen in Spring 2016.

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Hours & Rates

Hours & Rates

2016 Retail Rates
Adults (age 16+) $56.95
Child (age 6-15) $28.45
Infant (age 0-5) Free

Rates do not include GST. 
All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
2016 Operating Hours
May 6* - Jun 9 Monday to Thursday -
four departure times

Friday to Sunday -
daily departures every hour on the hour 
11:00 AM, 1:00, 3:00 & 5:00 PM

10:00 AM to
5:00 PM
Jun 10 - Jun 30 Daily departures every hour on the hour 10:00 AM to
6:00 PM
Jul 1 - Sep 5 Daily departures every hour on the hour, plus every half hour between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM 10:00 AM to
6:00 PM
Sep 6 - Sep 18 Daily departures every hour on the hour 10:00 AM to
6:00 PM
Sep 19 - Oct 9 Daily departures every hour on the hour  12:00 PM to
5:00 PM

  • *Weather Dependant
  • Please allow approximately one hour for this excursion; we recommend you arrive at the boat house 30 minutes prior to cruise.
  • The Lake Minnewanka boathouse is fully wheelchair accessible with access ramps leading down to the dock. We have the Minnewanka II that is available to take wheelchairs onboard.  
  • Rates and hours of operation subject to change without notice.
  • Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis and specific departure times cannot be guaranteed without pre-purchased tickets.
  • Attraction tickets are non-refundable.

Getting Here

Driving Distance
Canmore, Alberta 25 km 20 minutes
Lake Louise, Alberta 58 km 45 minutes
Calgary, Alberta 117 km 1 hours
Jasper, Alberta 299 km 3 hours
Edmonton, Alberta 400 km 4 hours

Note: Drive times are based on direct travel routes and exclude stop times for sightseeing.

GPS Coordinates
Driving here in a car with GPS? Enter the following coordinates into your GPS unit: Latitude 51°14.851 N and Longitude 115°30.037 W.
Directions to Lake Minnewanka
Lake Minnewanka is just a 15 minute drive from the town site of Banff along the Minnewanka Loop Drive, in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. 

No car? No worries!

Explore Rockies Tours provides tours from Banff to arrive at the lake just prior to some departures. They have pick-up service at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and most of the major hotels and motels in Banff. They will also bring you back to your hotel after your cruise. 

Complimentary shuttle service between the Banff International Hotel and the Banff Lake Cruise is available with the purchase of ticket. Daily shuttle departures operate June 10 through to September 18, 2016. Shuttles depart from the Banff International Hotel every hour on the half hour between 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Shuttle passengers are required to pre-book and guarantee their seat by contacting any Explore Rockies location, or calling the Boat House directly at 403-762-3473.
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