Apologies for making this blog read like a tourist brochure but tourists is what we were today. Lake Minnewanka is only a short ride east of Banff and is well worth a visit. Due to being dammed initially in 1912 and again in 1941 to raise the wall to supply Banff with hydro-electric power it is the longest lake in the mountain parks of the Canadian Rockies. It is 28km long and 142 m deep.
Aboriginal people long inhabited areas around Lake Minnewanka, as early as 10,000 years ago.
In 1941 when the dam wall was raised 30m the resort town of Minnewanka Landing was submerged which makes the lake popular for recreational scuba divers.
Along the way we also noted the remnant of another boom-bust town called Bankkead which alludes to a colourful mining history of the area.
All of the photos below are taken from the Minnewanka Loop Rd. Even in overcast conditions it was jaw dropping scenery. It was pretty cold as we rose about 100m above the elevation of Banff, we even had a few snow flakes swirling around us. Hope you enjoy the photos.