Regardless of when you visit, you can travel with confidence knowing your safety is our priority. This includes the peace of mind to cancel and receive a full refund up to 48 hours before your visit.

Read our full safety promise

  • 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.

2023 Daily Operating Dates

Classic Cruise

May 12 – June 22 10 AM – 6 PM
Departures every hour on the hour
June 23 – June 29 10 AM – 6 PM
Regular departures
June 30 – September 4 9 AM – 7 PM
Regular departures
September 5 – October 1 10 AM – 6 PM
Departures every hour on the hour
October 2 – October 9 10 AM – 5 PM
Departures every hour on the hour

Premium Cruise

May 19 – October 1 Daily departure, 10:30 AM

Beer Voyage

May 19 – October 1 Daily departure, 5 PM

Junior Explorer Cruise**

June 23 – June 29 Daily departures, 12:40 PM
June 30 – September 4 Daily departures, 12:40 PM and 3:20 PM
  • *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.


Opening May 12 – October 9, 2023*
  • *Weather dependent

Black Anchor Snack Shop

Opening May 12 – October 9, 2023*
  • *Weather dependent

Boat Rentals

Opening summer 2023
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