Lonely Planet review
Lake Minnewanka, pronounced mini-wonka, as in Willy Wonka (not mini-wanker, as Australian visitors enjoy saying), sits 13km east of Banff Town, making it a popular escape from downtown. The scenic recreational area has plenty of hiking, swimming, sailing, boating and fishing opportunities.
The nonchallenging trail around the lake is a good option for a walk; the path is easy to follow and popular. Minnewanka Lake Cruises offers a 60-minute interpretive cruise on the lake, giving plenty of insight into the region's history and geology. You can also fish here or hike to the Alymer Lookout trail for spectacular lake and mountain views. A Brewster bus can transport you to the lake for an extra fee.