Banff Lake Cruise

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.

NEW Wine & Cheese Cruise - enjoy selected pairings of Canadian wines and cheeses, while being treated to a specialty themed tour of beautiful Lake Minnewanka. Available 7pm every Saturday in July and August. Find out more »
from $60.00

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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
May 6 - Jun 6 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 7 - 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 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

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 7 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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