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.

Effective September 20, 2021, 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

Getting to the Lake Minnewanka Cruise

The Lake Minnewanka Cruise is located at Lake Minnewanka, a 15 minute drive from the town site of Banff along the Minnewanka Loop Drive, in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Driving

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.

Free Bus From Downtown Banff

Lake Minnewanka is one of Banff’s most popular destinations and the parking lot fills quickly. For the best experience, leave the drive to us. Show your tour ticket to the Route 6 bus driver of the Bow Valley's Roam Public Transit service from Downtown Banff to Lake Minnewanka and get a FREE RETURN RIDE*. Visit Roam Transit to see the bus schedule.

*Valid only on route 6 to and from Lake Minnewanka, and on the day of your tour. Route 6 service will return in Summer 2022.

2021 DAILY OPERATING HOURS

Classic Cruise

September 7 – September 26 Departures every hour from 10 AM to 5 PM
September 27 – October 11 Departures every hour from 11 AM to 5 PM

Explorer Cruise

June 5 – September 26 Departures daily at 10 AM

Beer Voyage

June 18 – September 26 Departures daily at 5 PM

Boathouse

May 14 – October 11 Opens 30 minutes before first tour.
Closes 30 minutes after last tour.

Black Anchor

July 5 – September 26 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
September 27th – October 11 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Rentals

May 14 – October 11 Opens as the first tour departs.
Closes as the last tour departs.

Family Cruise**

Coming back Summer 2022.

  • *All opening and closing dates are weather dependent
  • **Family Cruise includes one child admitted free with each paying adult. Additional children 50% of adult ticket.
  • Cruise capacity is reduced to allow proper physical distancing.
  • The Lake Minnewanka boathouse is fully wheelchair accessible with access ramps leading down to the dock. We have the Minnewanka II that is available to take wheelchairs onboard.  
  • Rates and hours of operation subject to change without notice.
  • Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis and specific departure times cannot be guaranteed without pre-purchased tickets.
  • Attraction tickets are non-refundable.
  • For the safety of those onboard bear spray is not permitted on cruises.

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