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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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Walk and drive

Nice for a little stroll. Make sure you have a parks pass as we didn't get told about it from our... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2016
pwilliams82
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Sydney, Australia
via mobile
Johnson lake is an easy 3 km stroll

We hiked Johnson Lake (which is an easy 3 km stroll around this small lake), had lunch along Lake... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2016
driftdiver1
,
Halifax, 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 25 October 2016 via mobile

Nice for a little stroll. Make sure you have a parks pass as we didn't get told about it from our hotel when we checked in late at night and ended up getting a warning violation from the parks people.

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Reviewed 3 August 2016

We hiked Johnson Lake (which is an easy 3 km stroll around this small lake), had lunch along Lake Minnewanka and then hiked the Stewart Canyon & Cascade River/Canyon Trail (7.7km). The GPS was an asset in keeping us on the Canyon trail that seemed...More

1  Thank driftdiver1
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This lake is perfectly clear and was warmer than expected. Quite busy, but that is to be expected with the proximity to Calgary. There were quite a few paddle boards and kayaks on the lake, but it did not pose a problem.

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Reviewed 21 July 2016

There is a trail around Johnson lake, about 3km I think, that we hiked with our 6 and 8 year old. It a great trek with nice views of the lake and up into the trees a bit. The lake has a small sand beach...More

1  Thank Oilerman
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

This drive was crowded- but we saw so much wildlife on this loop! Lots of cars stopped and lots of people taking photos but everyone was pretty respectful- not getting too close and keeping quiet.

1  Thank sarmstrong0222
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Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed exploring the lakes, old mining town, and various viewpoints. We saw wild animals from the safety of our car. Loved seeing these amazing creatures as we rolled along surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Did the loop a few times during our week in Banff...More

1  Thank Kaimuki31
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

There is not good I love more than discovering a new mountain lake. On my most recent road trip to Banff I decided to find one. Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake kept popping up on instagrama new they looked beautiful. Well insta filters and...More

1  Thank BreMansell
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

This is a fantastic short trip with plenty of places to walk and admire the views. Our trip almost did not happen due to the attitude of a "summer" ranger who was very unfriendly, insolent and as the title states an..........! Tanking th latter up...More

1  Thank GogsGraham
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Reviewed 29 May 2016

Beautiful loop close to Banff, the three lakes are surrounded by mountains and are great for a walk, paddle or a picnic. WE encountered wildlife all along the loop so be very careful. Amazing photo opportunities I took some beautiful photos of elk nursing their...More

3  Thank lindadownunder
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

It was a cloudy day so we ended up going here for a drive around, but it was nothing special. There are so many nicer places all around Banff, I don't recommend this one especially if you are lacking time.

1  Thank EmAyJayAy
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Dennis C
13 February 2017|
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Response from Boberg |
Is there any public transportation to make "the loop" drive? Johnson Lake, etc. I've never heard mention of cabs in Banff area?? Won't have a car and want to do the lake hikes. Thank you
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jeancoops2
4 July 2016|
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by the way... Anywhere around Banff, lake Louise, yoho perhaps Thanks again
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