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.