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

Read our full Covid safety promise

  • Crowd-Free Comfort and Mandatory Masks Crowd-Free Comfort and Mandatory Masks
  • Enhanced cleaning program Enhanced cleaning program
  • Flexible Cancellations Policy Flexible Cancellations Policy
  • Peace of mind Peace of mind
  • Rigorous staff training Rigorous staff training

The Experience

You will experience the towering peaks rise vertically from the emerald water's edge and on the shore amongst the forested pine and spruce, and for some, big horn sheep, American bald eagles, ospreys, deer and even the occasional bear may be discovered. Along the way, our experienced captains who are most familiar with the history, geology, animals, park policy and native involvement in our area, will provide informative and entertaining commentary throughout the journey.

For more than 100 years, visitors to Banff have been enjoying boat tours on Lake Minnewanka. The same stunning scenery that enticed passengers off the train to visit the lake in 1889 still attracts people to the Lake of the Water Spirits. We are proud and fortunate to be the stewards of the lake and its boating tradition today.

Since operations began on Lake Minnewanka, we have established a close and respectful relationship with the nature and history of this most remarkable part of Banff National Park. 

We have especially come to appreciate the long human presence that haunts this beautiful valley. Human history in the Banff area began with native occupation on the shores of the lake more than 10,000 years ago. Native people were still frequenting this valley when the first Europeans arrived in the mountain west. Though it dramatically altered its size, the later damming of the lake for its hydroelectric potential did not ultimately diminish the natural character of the valley. The valley largely remains what it has always been: wild.

It is our generations responsibility to preserve the unique character of the lake and to share its spectacular national park setting with visitors who come from all over the globe to enjoy this World Heritage Site. To this end, we have committed ourselves to constantly upgrading the quality of the information and interpretation that we offer to visitors who take our boat cruises.

Cruise Options


Returning summer 2022

Our most popular cruise on the lake invites you to discover the story of Minnewanka Landing as you tour the beautiful valley landscape of Canada’s oldest National Park.


  • 1-hour approx. cruise on Lake Minnewanka
  • Explore Banff from a new perspective
  • Engaging interpretive commentary

Returning summer 2022

Tour the mighty Minnewanka enjoying a tasty selection of local craft beer with friends and family and a special take-home gift. Will you enjoy this classic Rocky Mountain experience? Ale Yes!​

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  • 1.5-hour cruise with selection of craft beer
  • Special themed commentary
  • Perfect après adventure cruise
  • Free special take-home gift
  • 18+ only cruise

Returning summer 2022

Experience more of Lake Minnewanka! With extended time on the Rockies’ largest lake, you’ll enjoy more opportunities to see wildlife and beautiful vistas, and take in engaging stories from our guide and captain who’ll tend to your every need.


  • 1.5 hour extended cruise on Lake Minnewanka
  • VIP greeting and check-in by Guide
  • Stop on the lake to view Devil's Gap

Returning summer 2022

Calling all junior adventurers! This cruise is specially-made for children under 12 and their families. Includes a treasure hunt, games, cool treat and more!
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  • 1-hour approx. cruise on Lake Minnewanka specially made for kids 12 and under
  • Kids journal book
  • Cool treat for all guests at the docks
  • One free child (6-15 years) for each full paying adult

While you're here

Two people enjoy hamburgers at a patio edge table.

Black Anchor Snack Shop

Open daily and serving a great selection of light meals, ice cream and snacks to-go for visitors to Lake Minnewanka. Perfect for a family treat while enjoying the pristine beauty of the Rocky Mountains' largest lake.

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Hiking, Biking and Picnic Area

Lake Minnewanka is one of the most popular recreational areas in Banff National Park. Venture onto the trails leading around the lake or sit back and relax in one of the several sheltered picnic spots.

A fishing guide helps an angler learn to fish

Chartered Fishing Tours

Lake Minnewanka offers the premier fishing experience in Banff National Park. All boats are fully equipped and include everything you’ll require: rods, reels, tackle and modern fish tracking equipment to help locate that prized Lake Trout. Best of all, our guides have years of experience and know all the secret spots. Aside from great fishing, taking in the spectacular scenery and the occasional wildlife sighting on the shoreline all add to an amazing experience for all.

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Boat Rentals

You can also rent a boat if you're looking to explore Lake Minnewanka on your own. 16 foot aluminum motorboats, complete with all the necessary safety equipment, are available by the hour, half or full day. Alternatively, we have all new single and double Kayaks!

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Stories from the Lake Minnewanka Cruise

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Technical Information

There’s four boats in our fleet; Daughter of the Peaks II, Alberta Explorer, Minnewanka II and the Sandra Lynne. 

This data is based on our newest boat, the Daughter of the Peaks II

15.2 meters (50 feet, 0 inches)
Beam (width): 4.3 meters (14 feet 2 inches)
Draft: 1.3 meters (4 feet, 1 inch)
Net Tonnage: 34.51
Gross Tonnage: 46.01
Capacity: 65 passengers
Engines: Two turbo charged John Deere 6090AFM, 375 HP @ 2300 rpm
Average Cruising Speed: 18 Knots (34 kph) 


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