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Minnewanka Loop / Lake Johnson

Lake Minnewanka Drive | Continuation of Banff Avenue to Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1K2, Canada
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Escape the crowds

Take a drive to picturesque lakes just outside of Banff. We saw deer and big horn sheep along the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
niteowljune
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Huntersville, North Carolina
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Lake of the spirits

Minnewanka Loop\Lake Jackson also known lake of the spirits, Alberta's Banff National Park requires... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
chickandbeast
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Durham, Canada
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Lake Minnewanka Drive | Continuation of Banff Avenue to Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1K2, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take a drive to picturesque lakes just outside of Banff. We saw deer and big horn sheep along the way. Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack lakes are very pretty. Lots of places to have a picnic..

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Minnewanka Loop\Lake Jackson also known lake of the spirits, Alberta's Banff National Park requires purchase of a day pass then parking is included.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Minnewanka Lake Loop was on our itinerary and after a few busy days, we almost nixed going there. I'm so glad we rallied because the lake is very easy to walk around. We even heard that there had been a grizzly bear sighting earlier...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

There are two routes to Lake Minnewanka. We took the other one on the way up. It wasn't particular scenic, though we did spot a black bear in a clearing, so it was worth it! But this loop was truly spectacular, especially Two Jack Lake....More

1  Thank Chin711
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

The loop is 10-20 minutes away from the city of Banff and just takes 1/2-1 hour to drive. But you got to visit a few lakes and see some wildlife. There is also a picnic area. This time I came to Banff with seniors who...More

4  Thank Danupon
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

I have driven this many times and I love it every time I visit. In my youth I used to dive in Minnewanka and Two Jack, They are beautiful lakes and taking a slow drive, stopping to enjoy the views and wander a bit is...More

1  Thank Ian K
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Reviewed 16 December 2017

You need a car or to be on a tour to experience this road (or have good cycling legs), but if you can get out here, do so. Firstly, in the winter, it's not a loop: it takes the anti-clockwise leg, and ends at Lake...More

1  Thank BenLar137
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

The drive was very scenic and the water was blue as ice, wonderful drive. Disappointed in the lack of wildlife was expecting something. The mountains and waterways more than made up for it.

Thank Robin M
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

We always drive around the loop when we are in Banff. It has some pretty views and sometimes we have seen wildlife. This last time we saw a large male elk on the side of the road. There are several large lakes on the loop...More

2  Thank lynnlees62
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

The Minnewanka Loop was a great scenic drive and does provide great scenic views around the lakes. Lake Minnewanka does have the best views among them. Its a nice spot to see wildlife - we got to see the Rocky Mountain sheep and its babies...More

Thank Chaitanya S
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jeancoops2
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by the way... Anywhere around Banff, lake Louise, yoho perhaps Thanks again
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