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Giveaway: Banff Gondola & Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Giveaway: Banff Gondola & Lake Minnewanka Cruise

My last giveaway to celebrate my 10th blog birthday is made up of two parts. Plan to take a cruise on Lake Minnewanka with someone special and follow it up with a ride on the Banff Gondola to attend the Sunset Festival – all thanks to the Banff Jasper Collection.

The Sunset Festival at the Banff Gondola

On a summer evening between 7 PM and 10 PM spend some time hanging out the rooftop terrace at the top of the Banff Gondola. Grab a bite to eat and a drink, pull up a chair and listen to live music by local artists. Not into music? Go for a walk on the boardwalk with your special partner enjoying sunset and the views from the high point. Or catch a view of the sun from a solar telescope that doesn’t harm your eyes.

Read more about the Banff Gondola experience here.

The Banff gondola and restaurant are in the building on the skylineThe Banff gondola and restaurant are in the building on the skyline – Photo credit: Banff Gondola by Pursuit

Enjoy hiking the trails at the top of the Banff Gondola

Enjoy hiking the trails at the top of the Banff Gondola

A drink with a view at the top of the Banff Gondola

A drink with a view at the top of the Banff Gondola – Photo credit: Banff Gondola by Pursuit

The Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Have you ever toured Lake Minnewanka by boat? Its the largest lake in Banff National Park with an interesting history. Did you know that the lake has been dammed three times? The third time raised the water level 30 metres creating a sunken town that back in the day sat on its shores. While you won’t see that on the cruise you can explore if you are a scuba diver. 

On the one hour cruise what you will see is mountains in every direction and more of stunning Lake Minnewanka. Check out what the lake looks like from up high – seen in the photo below. It was taken last May when I hiked to Aylmer Lookout. From the boat you might see wildlife, particularly grizzly bears and deer, especially if you’re on one the early morning or late afternoon cruises. 

For more information visit the website of the Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection.

View of Lake Minnewanka from the Aylmer Lookout Trail

View of Lake Minnewanka from the Aylmer Lookout Trail

Lake Minnewanka is a fantastic spot for a cruise

Lake Minnewanka is a fantastic spot for a cruise – Photo credit: Lake Minnewanka Cruise by Pursuit

It's a very scenic cruise on Lake Minnewanka

It’s a very scenic cruise on Lake Minnewanka – Photo credit: Lake Minnewanka Cruise by Pursuit

Enjoying a drink on board the boat on Lake Minnewanka

Enjoying a drink on board the boat Photo credit: Lake Minnewanka Cruise by Pursuit

How to enter the giveaway.

There are three ways to enter. If you enter all three ways you’ll increase your odds of winning.

  • Leave a comment on this blog telling me if you’ve ever done either of these Pursuit adventures before.
  • Go to my Facebook page, like it and leave a comment there.
  • And if you subscribe to my newsletter here – you will get a third entry.

The contest runs from Friday, June 28th until Friday, July 5th at 8 AM MST. The winner will be notified either by email or through Facebook and will have 24 hours to respond. Then another winner will be chosen. (You won’t be notified I have WiFi in the evening.)

***The winner is Yvonne Beringer. Thanks to all who entered.***

 

 

 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 16 Comments
  1. Haven’t done the cruise…it was too pricey for our large family. We sure enjoyed spending time at the lake, though! Love the area.

  2. I have had the opportunity to experience the boat tour but have not yet been able to take advantage of the ‘The Sunset Festival at the Banff Gondola’. That would be great.

    Banff is beautiful all year and always look forward to find different ways of enjoying what the park offers.

  3. I haven’t tried both but i’ve seen the stunning lake before. It’s great to experience it now since my mom is here for a vacation…and wanted to create happy memories with her.

  4. I have been up the Banff Gondola, but not during the Sunset Festival! I had no idea there was a Lake Minnewanka cruise! Lake Minnewanka is special to me because the hiking/biking trail to get there is breathtaking and fun! I remember my first time mountain biking it and feeling terrible as I had a hard time with the climbing portions and then I remember returning again a different season and was able to navigate the trail a lot more comfortably!

  5. I have been to lake Minniwanka for a picnic. Would love to win the boat cruise. Would love to experience this with my daughter.

  6. I’ve never been to either place for these activities! I’d love to make this an early birthday gift for my mom, she will be 85 this year, is doing well, and would give her a chance to see the beautiful scenery we have in Alberta!

  7. This sounds like a fabulous prize. I have never been on the Lake Minnewanka cruise but have been up the Gondola. Can’t say I’ve ever been up there for sunset though. Would be beautiful!

  8. I have never been on the cruise or the Gondola! Would absolutely ❤️ to win this! My hubby and I celebrated our 50th Anniversary this year and this would be a real treat! We usually check out the animals at Lake Minnewanka when we go to Banff!😎😎😎🌞🌞🌞

  9. What a wonderful prize! A cruise on Lake Minnewanka would be exciting with all the wonderful views and scenery. I have never been on this cruise so it would be great to experience it. And of course, you can’t beat the gondola, especially on a sunny clear day.

  10. These outings sound perfect for when my mother in law comes to stay. She would love getting out to the mountains, fresh air and amazing scenery, but is not able to hike any great distance. I had not heard of either of these options. They sound really special.

  11. Though I am Calgary based and have hiked in the area, I’ve not done this hike, nor the cruise on Lake Minnewanka. I guess I need to get out more often! Love your new website!

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