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.

Read our full Covid safety promise

  • Crowd-Free Comfort Crowd-Free Comfort
  • 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 Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Lake Minnewanka Cruise is located at Lake Minnewanka, a 15-minute drive from the town of Banff along the Minnewanka Loop Drive, in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Upon arrival, proceed to our Boathouse for check ins and other 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.

Summer 2023 – 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.

*Route 6 will be back for Summer 2023.

2022 Daily Operating Hours

Classic Cruise

September 6 – September 25 Daily, 10 AM – 6 PM
Departures every hour on the hour
September 26 – October 10* Daily, 10 AM – 5 PM
Departures every hour on the hour

Beer Voyage

Closed for the season.
Now booking for 2023.

Premium Cruise

Closed for the season.
Now booking for 2023.

Junior Explorer Cruise**

Closed for the season.
Now booking for 2023.
  • *Weather dependent
  • **Junior Explorer Cruise includes one child admitted free with each paying adult.
  • 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.
  • For the safety of those onboard bear spray is not permitted on cruises.


June 24 – September 5 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
September 6 – September 25 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
September 26 – October 10 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Black Anchor Snack Shop

May 21 – September 25 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
September 26 – October 10 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Boat Rentals

June 24 – September 5 9 AM – 7 PM
September 6 – September 25 10 AM – 6 PM
September 26 – October 10 11 AM – 5 PM
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