A Picture-Perfect Experience

Experience the Canadian Rockies from a new perspective while cruising beautiful Lake Minnewanka on this panoramic one-hour interpretive cruise. Bask in the breathtaking mountain scenery and emerald green waters as you survey the landscape for wildlife.
 
Beginning from the western end of the largest lake in Banff National Park, the Banff Lake Cruise sets sail under towering peaks, where you’ll take in the amazing and ever-changing views of the rocky shoreline.
 
As you head deeper into the mountains, your guide will share stories of native folklore and the submerged village of Minnewanka Landing. Keeping your eyes on the forested shore, you might spot bighorn sheep, bald eagles and even the occasional bear. 
 
Near the turning point of your journey, the mountains give way to a majestic view of the Prairies through Devil’s Gap, where you’ll spend a few moments snapping photos and taking in the awe-inspiring sights before journeying back to the dock. This boat tour provides a unique opportunity to witness some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies.
$60
/Adult
AGES 6-15 $30
AGES 5 & UNDER FREE
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Perfect Timing
Your best bet is to arrive early morning or late afternoon. Beat the crowds and increase your chance of wildlife sightings. The best time to visit Lake Minnewanka is before 11:00 am and after 3:00 pm.
Saturday Evening Wine & Cheese Cruises
Join us every Saturday night in July and August for these unique interpretive cruises complete with wine and cheese pairings. Learn about First Nations, local geology, bears and photography – all while taking in amazing views and sipping delicious wines. Learn more »
Motorboats and Pedal Boats for Hire
Enjoy a leisurely cruise in one of our 16-foot aluminum motorboats for hire. Or try a pedal boat: these four-person craft are stable, easy to maneuver and perfect for a unique family adventure. 
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Guided Fishing Trips
Lake Minnewanka offers the premier Banff fishing experience. All boats are fully equipped with everything you’ll need, including rods, reels, tackle, and modern tracking equipment to help locate the fish. We offer a 3-hour group trip or a 4-hour or 6.5-hour private fishing trip. Book Now »
Black Anchor Snack Shop
Take in the amazing views with a picnic beside the lake, or grab lunch after your Banff Lake Cruise.
Explore Banff Sightseeing Tour
Let us drive while you explore. Join a sightseeing tour that includes the Banff Gondola, Banff Lake Cruise and other Banff sights. Explore Banff »

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Hours & Rates

Hours & Rates

2016 Retail Rates
Adults (age 16+) $60.00
Child (age 6-15) $30.00
Infant (age 0-5) Free

Rates do not include GST. 
All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
2016 Operating Hours
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 Dependent
  • 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.
  • Evening Wine & Cheese Speciality Cruises are offered every Saturday in July & August at 7:00pm

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Getting Here

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.
Minnewanka Loop Road, Banff National Park
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.

Free Shuttle From Banff

Let us drive while you explore. Shuttles depart daily from the Banff International Hotel every hour on the half hour between 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM from June 10 to Spetember 18, 2016. 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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