Hiking at Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park

lake minnewanka in banff

My last day in Banff National Park was by no means the least. I’d met a couple of Brits that were heading to my next destination, Calgary, and kindly offered to give me a lift. They were stopping off for a hike at Lake Minnewanka before hitting the road and I happily tagged along.

During the two months I lived and worked in Banff town, I completed some incredible mountain hikes amid the most breathtaking scenery I’d ever seen. I also got to visit several beautiful turquoise-blue lakes that were out of this world. This final trip to Lake Minnewanka – the longest lake in the Canadian Rockies – really was the cherry on top. Native people from the Stoney Nakoda Nation tribe refer to it as ‘The Lake of Water Spirits’.

We arrived at around 8am to a dewy morning haze that made everything look silvery and stunning. After following the path around the lake, we headed back to follow a route through the forest where there were remnants of an old coal mining operation. There was a dilapidated mining building that had been covered in graffiti. We followed the path upwards until we came to a fabulous viewpoint over Lake Minnewanka where it was possible to appreciate the water in a whole different light.

 

lake minnewanka in banff

lake minnewanka in banff

lake minnewanka in banff

lake minnewanka in banff

lake minnewanka in banff

lake minnewanka, banff national park

lake minnewanka, banff national park

lake minnewanka, banff national park

lake minnewanka, banff national park

lake minnewanka, banff national park

lake minnewanka, banff national park

lake minnewanka, banff national park

lake minnewanka, banff national park

Have you visited Lake Minnewanka or the Canadian Rockies generally? What were your highlights? 

4 Comments

    • May 28, 2013 / 18:59

      It was very peaceful, hardly another soul around!

  1. August 4, 2013 / 05:21

    Hwy 93 from Jasper to Banffffffffff is one of the worlds seminal drives. We spent 9 days in an RV there last year and the scenery just doesn’t quit.