The Experience

You will experience the towering peaks rise vertically from the emerald water's edge and on the shore amongst the forested pine and spruce, and for some, big horn sheep, American bald eagles, ospreys, deer and even the occasional bear may be discovered. Along the way, our experienced captains who are most familiar with the history, geology, animals, park policy and native involvement in our area, will provide informative and entertaining commentary throughout the journey.
 
For more than 100 years, visitors to Banff have been enjoying boat tours on Lake Minnewanka. The same stunning scenery that enticed passengers off the train to visit the lake in 1889 still attracts people to the Lake of the Water Spirits. We are proud and fortunate to be the stewards of the lake and its boating tradition today.

Since operations began on Lake Minnewanka, we have established a close and respectful relationship with the nature and history of this most remarkable part of Banff National Park. 
We have especially come to appreciate the long human presence that haunts this beautiful valley. Human history in the Banff area began with native occupation on the shores of the lake more than 10,000 years ago. Native people were still frequenting this valley when the first Europeans arrived in the mountain west. Through it dramatically altered its size, the later damming of the lake for its hydroelectric potential did not ultimately diminish the natural character of the valley. The valley largely remains what it has always been: wild.
 
It is our generations responsibility to preserve the unique character of the lake and to share its spectacular national park setting with visitors who come from all over the globe to enjoy this World Heritage Site. To this end, we have committed ourselves to constantly upgrading the quality of the information and interpretation that we offer to visitors who take our boat cruises.

While you're here

Black Anchor Snack Shop

Black Anchor Snack Shop

Open daily and serving a great selection of light meals, ice cream and snacks to-go for visitors to Lake Minnewanka.Perfect for a family treat while enjoying the pristine beauty of the Rocky Mountains' largest lake.
Hiking, Biking and Picnic Area

Hiking, Biking and Picnic Area

Lake Minnewanka is one of the most popular recreational areas in Banff National Park. Venture onto the trails leading around the lake or sit back and relax in one of the several sheltered picnic spots.
Chartered Fishing Tours

Chartered Fishing Tours

Lake Minnewanka offers the premier fishing experience in Banff National Park. All boats are fully equipped and include everything you’ll require: rods, reels, tackle and modern fish tracking equipment to help locate that prized Lake Trout. Best of all, our guides have years of experience and know all the secret spots. Aside from great fishing, taking in the spectacular scenery and the occasional wildlife sighting on the shoreline all add to an amazing experience for all.
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Boat Rentals

Boat Rentals

You can also rent a boat if you're looking to explore Lake Minnewanka on your own. 16 foot aluminum motorboats, complete with all the necessary safety equipment, are available by the hour, half or full day. Alternatively, we have all new Pedal Boats! These 4-person boats are stable and easy to maneuver with 2 side-by-side independent drive units. Unlike the traditional pedal boats, these allow each person to work at their own pace and not the pace of their partner.
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Upcoming Evening Wine + Cheese Cruise

Technical Information

There’s four boats in our fleet; Daughter of the Peaks II, Alberta Explorer, Minnewanka II and the Sandra Lynne. 


This data is based on our newest boat, the Daughter of the Peaks II

Length:
15.2 meters (50 feet, 0 inches)
Beam (width): 4.3 meters (14 feet 2 inches)
Draft: 1.3 meters (4 feet, 1 inch)
Net Tonnage: 34.51
Gross Tonnage: 46.01
Capacity: 65 passengers
Engines: Two turbo charged John Deere 6090AFM, 375 HP @ 2300 rpm
Average Cruising Speed: 18 Knots (34 kph)