Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive

The scenic drive to Lake Minnewanka in the Canadian Rockies

Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive is a wonderful scenic drive toward the Lake Minnewanka, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in the eastern area of Banff National Park.

The drive is a scenic loop. It’s asphalted and 13km long. This glacial lake lies at an elevation of 1.500m (4,900ft) above the sea level. Located just outside the town of Banff, this loop takes you past Two Jack Lake, Johnson Lake, Lake Minnewanka and the ghost town of Bankhead. Keep your eyes peeled.

The road, also known as Lake Minnewanka Scenic Loop, is open all year round, but some parts of the road are closed November to April. The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! This route offers an excellent opportunity to see wildlife, particularly in the spring. Look for bighorn sheep next to the road and up on the cliff sides on the section from Two Jack Lake to Lake Minnewanka. You may also see elk, mule deer, white tail deer, fox, wolves, coyotes and a bear if you’re really lucky.


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