Scuba Dive Banff National Park

Come to the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park for the … Scuba Diving?

Really? Really! You thought we were kidding when we said Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies has it all, didn’t you? Well guess what? We weren’t fooling. Pick an outdoor sport, name an outdoor recreation – you can do it here in Western Canada in the heart of the Canadian Rockies including scuba diving.

Minnewanka Landing, 1890: now a prime scuba diving spot in Banff National Park.Lake Minnewanka, just a few kilometers northeast of Banff, Canada is actually an excellent destination for scuba divers. Not only is this deep, natural lake geologically interesting, but there are archaeological and historical sites submerged in the waters of the lake, as well. Power-generation dams built in 1912, 1923 and 1941 increased the size and depth of the lake, flooding several small settlement sites that were built around the shores of the lake.

Divers at Lake Minnewanka can explore the submerged town site of Minnewanka Landing (established in 1888 and pictured above circa 1890) and a dam built in 1895. Features include a hotel, several house foundations, wharves, breakwaters and bridge foundations. These sites were partially flooded in 1912, and completely submerged in 1941.

Scuba diving Lake Minnewank in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.Of course, this is the Rocky Mountains, however; you’re not going to be able to dive in your Speedos or bikini — Lake Minnewanka dives are cold water dives. Visibility fluctuates depending on the time of year and the number of divers at the site. Dives vary in depth from 12 meters to more than 25 meters and vary according to the time of year, rising as much as 5.5 meters between spring and fall. The town site dive requires access by boat.

There are no local operators who provide scuba tours, but not to worry if you don’t want to mess with bringing your own gear. Several Calgary dive shops offer organized trips to Lake Minnewanka, as well as offering equipment rentals.

If you’re really a hardy sort, you can even go ice diving on Lake Minnewanka in the winter.

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Canadian Rockies Lodges & Inns

Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Get great deals on lodging in our newly renovated rooms & cabins surrounded by Jasper scenery.

Johnston Canyon
The Johnston Canyon Resort is the best way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies in beautiful Alberta.

Mount Robson Inn
A Jasper hotel offering family friendly accommodations in the Canadian Rockies with landscapes that will capture your heart.

Mountaineer Lodge
Comfortable lodge located in Lake Louise, nestled in a pine forest with tremendous views of Mount Temple and its summit glacier.


Canadian Rockies Activities

Banff Backpacking & Mountaineering
We are the premier provider of trekking, mountaineering, and rock climbing in the Canadian Rockies.

Banff ATV Tours & Zipling
Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies on an ATV Tour. Or have fun Ziplining in Banff, Alberta!

Winter Icewalk Tours
in Jasper, Alberta

Join us on the three-hour Maligne Canyon Icewalk, where you will discover frozen waterfalls & elaborate ice caves!

Whitewater Rafting in Jasper, Alberta
Raft the exciting Sunwapta or the Athabasca River, or try the Fraser River in B.C. Raft Jasper!

Raft the Kicking Horse
in Banff, Alberta

The Kicking Horse River is one of the best
known for rafting tours...

White Water Rafting in
the Canadian Rockies

Experience whitewater adventure in the Canadian Rockies...

Golf Banff
Golf Jasper
The best & most beautiful golf courses in the Canadian Rockies...

Canadian Rockies
Golf Guide

Golf BC, Jasper, Banff and the beautiful Canadian Rockies....