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 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 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.

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 begin operating May 20, 2022.

2022 Daily Operating Hours

Classic Cruise

May 16 – May 20* Daily, 11 AM – 5 PM
Departures every hour on the hour
May 21 – June 23 Daily, 10 AM – 6 PM
Departures every hour on the hour
June 24 – September 5 Daily, 9 AM – 7 PM
Regular departures
September 6 – September 25 Daily, 10 AM – 6 PM
Departures every hour on the hour
September 26 – October 10* Daily, 11 AM – 5 PM
Departures every hour on the hour

Explorer Cruise

May 21 – September 25 Daily departure, 10:30 AM

Beer Voyage

May 21 – September 25 Daily departure, 5 PM

Family Cruise**

June 24 – September 5 Daily departures, 12:20 PM and 3:40 PM
  • *Weather dependent
  • **Family 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.

Boathouse

May 16 – May 20 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
May 21 – June 23 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
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 16 – May 20 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
May 21 – September 25 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
September 26 – October 10 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Boat Rentals

May 16 – May 20 11 AM – 5 PM
May 21 – June 23 10 AM – 6 PM
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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