Hello, U.S. travellers! We are ready to welcome you this summer. As of August 9, the Government of Canada will allow entry by land or air into the country for American citizens and permanent residents who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.
We recommend you familiarize yourself with the Canadian entry requirements before booking your trip. Those requirements include:
Here are some helpful links on the Government of Canada's website with more information:
Easing border measures for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada
COVID-19: Entering Canada requirements checklist
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The well-being of our guests and staff has always been our top concern. This season we are taking extra measures to ensure you can travel with confidence. This includes the peace of mind to cancel anytime and receive a full refund.
By order of the Government of Alberta, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result within 72 hours of your visit is required. Learn more
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Craft Beer Cruise
Watch for wildlife, feel the fresh air and get adventurous on Banff's largest lake. Our heated, covered boats mean you can explore in any weather. Join us every afternoon to sample some of the best local brews on our Beer Voyage cruise. Plus, stop by the Black Anchor Snack Shop for a picnic lunch before or after your cruise to make a day out of it. It just feels like summer out here!
Lake Minnewanka is one of Banff’s most popular destinations and the parking lot fills quickly. For the best experience, we recommend taking Route 6 of the Bow Valley's Roam Public Transit service from Downtown Banff to Lake Minnewanka. Visit Roam Transit for more information.
If you're driving, please arrive at least two hours prior to your cruise time to ensure you find a parking spot and have time to explore the area from the shore.
Alberta residents save up to 20%
Ages 5 and under ride free anytime
Cancel up to 2 days before your trip for a full refund
May – October, 2022*
I went on this cruise multiple times in the past 10 years but my recent visit has been my favourite so far! Melissa and Mackenzie were beyond AMAZING. They were super super fun and knowledgeable and the tour was very informative and interactive.
The tour guides, Will & Matt made the "booze" cruise so much fun. Their stories were perfectly timed and the banter between them was just enough to have us all in stitches! The beer selection was amazing and the bread! Yumm! Definitely will recommend to all my friends!
Went on the tour the morning of my birthday, and it was absolutely incredible. They shared some great stories about the area, while providing such a great view. Highly recommend to anyone who's in the area, it was wonderful.
Went on the one hour cruise as a family of 4. It was absolutely beautiful and the tour guides were awesome! My son's loved all of the information and stories. I would highly recommend going and I would even go again in the future.
The view was beautiful as it's been every time we have visited before, and the social distancing procedures didn't hinder the experience in any way but were still safe and effective.
There’s no comparing the emerald green waters of Minnewanka with any urban landscape. Rent a kayak or canoe and discover the lake's quiet corners at your own pace.
Minnewanka is rich in history—both human and natural. Our team of captains are passionate about these waters and the people who made their mark here. They love to share these stories.
Our Lysol partnership provides guests and staff with products, protocols and delivery systems that enhance the peace of mind offered by our Safety Promise.
Your best bet is to arrive early morning or late afternoon. Beat the crowds and increase your chance of wildlife sightings. The best time to visit Lake Minnewanka is before 11 AM and after 3 PM.
Take in the amazing views with a picnic beside the lake, or grab lunch after your Lake Minnewanka Cruise. The perfect solution to a light afternoon craving after a day of exploring.
A great way to explore Lake Minnewanka independently or for a little family fun. Rent 16-foot aluminum motorboats complete with safety equipment and gas or, rent a kayak or canoe.
Lake Minnewanka offers the premier Banff fishing experience. All boats are fully equipped, including a professional, licensed guide, rods, reels, tackle, and modern tracking equipment for a memorable day out.
Join us in the evening for the best Minnewanka experience, complete with a unique interpretive tour, a selection of local craft beer and the most magical time of day.
Join us at 12 PM & 3 PM for a cruise tailor-made for families with children 12 and under. It even includes a cool treat for everyone when you dock!
Board your own private cruise boat and set sail to a remote location on beautiful Lake Minnewanka. Listen as your vows echo through the mountains and your guests celebrate your day—one never to be forgotten.
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Take your group event on an exclusive private cruise on Banff’s largest lake. Cruise aboard an enclosed boat through towering peaks and stunning mountain vistas. Enjoy the engaging interpretive commentary while your group escapes to the remote reaches of Banff National Park. Private cruises are available for up to 50 guests. Upgrade your classic cruise to a wine and cheese cruise and treat your guests to select pairings of Canadian wine and cheeses. Elevate your event further with dinner above Banff at the Banff Gondola and give your guests our signature Banff experience.
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