See the coveted northern lights in the perfect dark viewing spot!

Head up to Lake Minnewanka on a high alert night to get the perfect view of the Canadian Northern Lights.

You can go online to get updates on the best times to go and where they will be the brightest. While the dam at the lake may be overrun with people, explore around and you can find a nice empty viewing spot. Alternately, you can head to one of the many campsites on the Lake trail before July and get a view all to yourself.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Snacks
  • Big Smiles
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Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Adult Beverages
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

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Missed Northern Lights but still worth seeing

This was the first spot we visited when we entered Banff and even though the overcast skies prevented us from seeing the northern lights it was still well worth the trip to the lake. Easy parking and a frequently visited area from people visiting the park.


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