Banff Adventures - Banff Lake Cruise

Home to serene glacial-fed lakes, world-famous peaks and a lush natural backdrop that’s sure to delight any nature lover, Banff National Park is a mountain paradise that’s perfect for the role family to explore. As one of Canada’s biggest outdoor playgrounds, there’s no shortage of ways to take in the many breathtaking panoramas that make up the region. Whether you’re looking to find your next big adventure or to find a way to relax and unwind, Banff has something for the whole family to enjoy. 

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, just 15-minutes away from the centre of Banff, Lake Minnewanka is one of the most beautiful nature features with the park. Known as the Lake Minn-waki (Lake of the Spirits) by the indigenous Stoney Nakoda First Nations people, today the Minnewanka is a popular destination for picnics, hikers, fishing and more. As the only lake in Banff National Park to allow for the limited use of powerboats, Lake Minnewanka is also home to scenic boat cruises that allow you to take in the beauty of the area while learning about the history of the region with an interpretative guide.

See the iconic Rocky Mountains from a different perspective as you board one of our comfortable powered boats for a panoramic interpretive cruise. Set sail with the whole family and learn about Banff National Park, Lake Minnewanka, and more!




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Our experienced crew will guide you through this rugged paradise richly steeped in history, native folklore and geology. Perfect for family adventures.

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tour the scenic Minnewanka



Enjoy a tasty selection of local craft beer with friends and family while onboard our lake cruise, and enjoy a special take-home gift. This tour is for 18+ only.

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Lake Cruises in Banff

Packed full of awe-inspiring scenery and rich in Canadian history, Banff National Park is a rugged paradise that invites guests to connect with the wilderness and embrace their inner explorer. Each summer, the region transforms from a bustling ski town to a vibrant Rocky Mountain haven full of lush greenery and miles upon miles of trails and lakes to take in. Boat cruises give you a chance to encounter the region like never before and are particularly well suited to families, those seeking less strenuous activities and anyone who loves to spend time on the water.


What To expect

Each lake cruises lasts approximately 1 hour and begins at the western end of the Lake Minnewanka. During the course of your cruise, your guides will help you identify the many peaks in the region, spy any local wildlife nearby, and provide valuable insight about the history and development of the area. As a World Heritage Site, you’ll have the unique opportunity to drink in inspiring views, and learn more about one of the special areas that help make Banff National Park an incredible feat of nature.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I Need A Wet Suit Or Other Waterproof Clothing?
    No. As you will not be in close contact, waterproof clothing is not necessary. Banff Adventures recommends dressing in layers and packing sunscreen for optimal comfort during your cruise.
  2. Is There Any Paddling/Physical Demands For This Cruise?
    No. Your boat is powered, meaning that you will not have to worry about paddling.
  3. How Long Are Your Trips?
    Approximately 90 minutes.
  4. What Other Activity Options Do You Have?
    Lots! Banff Adventures has a wide selection of tours and packages available all year round!.


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