Whilst in Banff National Park we decided to visit Lake Minnewanka which is just north of the town of Banff. On the map, it looked like a nice lake to visit with trails etc. As it turned out it was nothing short of stunning!

This post follows on from Banff (part 1) and Banff (part 2) blog posts.

There is a large parking area as you enter the lake with washrooms etc. You can then choose to stay in this area where there are paved areas with easy access to the lake or you can be more adventurous and take the trail that meanders along the edge of the lake. obviously, this is what we did.

The name of the lake means “Lake of the Spirits” or “Water of the Spirits” and it is 21 km in length and 142 metres deep. You would be forgiven for thinking that the colours in these photos have been enhanced, but I promise they have not. The water is the most stunning blues and greens caused by the fact the lake is a glacial lake and the sediments that come down from the glaciers give the water its colours. Stunning, just doesn’t begin to describe this. 

One of the first areas we came to had two red chairs positioned along the waters edge. You have to scramble over rocks to get to them, but OMG is it ever worth it.

Just along a bit further gives similar but different views of this spot. 

Some of the trail areas are easy to walk, but there are lots of places where you can scramble over rocks and squeeze between trees to get better views. You definitely need decent footwear here and be prepared to tackle some uneven and sometimes dangerous ground. 

However, all the views make all this worthwhile as you can see from the photos. 

These are photos taken by Chris. 

Honestly, we could have stayed here forever, but it was getting late in the day so we decided to turn round and walk back to the truck. Back on the road we hadn’t gone more than a couple of km’s when we came across another, much smaller lake. This one is called Two Jack Lake and we stopped to get a few pics. 

A little further down the road we found a deer grazing.

I also managed to get some decent photos of the Three Sisters Mountain Range.The last time we passed them, they were shrouded in haze. 

We decided to take the long way home via Highway 40/541/22 which added about another 100 km onto our journey, but as it was the early evening we hoped we might see some more wildlife. Unfortunately, we saw very little and just as we thought we wouldn’t see anything we came upon some Rocky Mountain sheep. 

We eventually got home, very tired at about 9pm. We had the most fantastic day at Banff and hope to be able to do this again before the weather turns.