Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Canon EOS Rebel T4i; 18-200mm lens

Lake Minnewanka (“Water of the Spirits” in Nakota – the Stoney Indian language) is a glacial lake located in the eastern area of Banff National Park in Canada, about five kms (3.1 miles) northeast of the Banff townsite. The lake is 28 km (17 mi) long and 142 m (466 ft) deep, making it the longest lake in the mountain parks of the Canadian Rockies (the result of a power dam at the west end).

The lake is fed by the Cascade River, flowing east of Cascade Mountain, and runs south through Stewart Canyon as it empties into the western end of the lake. Numerous streams flowing down from Mount Inglismaldie, Mount Girouard and Mount Peechee on the south side of the lake also feed the lake.

Aboriginal people long inhabited areas around Lake Minnewanka, as early as 10,000 years ago, according to stone tools and a Clovis point spearhead discovered by archaeologists. The area is rich in animal life (e.g. elk, mule deer, mountain sheep, bears) and the easy availability of rock in the mountainous terrain was key to fashioning weapons for hunting.

The western end of the lake can be reached by following Lake Minnewanka road from the Trans-Canada Highway. Boat tours are available near the parking lot. A hiking and mountain biking trail runs along the northern shore of the lake, passing Stewart Canyon and six backcountry campsites.2 Mount Aylmer which at 3,162 m (10,374 ft) is the highest mountain in this area of the park, is located a few kms north of the lake.

Dams were built in 1912 and 1941 to supply the town with hydro-electric power. The most recent dam (1941) raised the lake 30 m (98 ft) and submerged the resort village of Minnewanka Landing that had been present there since 1888. Because of the presence of the submerged village, submerged bridge pilings, and submerged dam (the one from 1912) the lake is popular among recreational scuba divers.

Self taught photographer enjoying retirement in travel and meeting fellow members of Redbubble.

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 2 years ago

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 2 years ago

    How beautiful is this!! What a great capture Vickie and the info is so interesting! Great work!

  • Hi Blair!
    Thank you dear friend. This was one spot I truly love in Banff. Glad you like it too

    – Vickie Emms

  • Scott Hendricks
    Scott Hendricksover 2 years ago

    Vickie, excellent framing and over all composition – wow

  • Hi Scott!
    Thanks ever so much, glad you like it

    – Vickie Emms

  • jules572
    jules572over 2 years ago

    This is truly Canadian country Vickie, “Water of the Spirit” is a very befitting name for this lake. Breathtaking view…Jules…Favour

  • thanks you so much Jules and for the fave :-)

    – Vickie Emms

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago


  • thank you Lori

    – Vickie Emms

  • PhotosByHealy
    PhotosByHealyover 2 years ago

    This is down-right Gorgeous! Beautiful capture.

    - Gene

  • thank you Gene, it’s so nice to see you again.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 2 years ago

    Sooooo beautiful Vickie,,,excellent framing with the trees,,,such a gorgeous scene!!

  • many thanks D

    – Vickie Emms

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 2 years ago

    Ahhh what a beautiful scene and landscape, lakescape? Alberta sure is gorgeous! Love the composition of your shot Vickie and the framing with the trees!

  • this is why we return almost every year Joanne.
    Thanks so much for stopping in

    – Vickie Emms

  • Nicole  McKinney
    Nicole McKinneyover 2 years ago

    Simply lovely- I can get lost in this!
    Have a few relatives in Calgary and your work evokes fond memories for me. I just wish I had the ability to capture even half as beautiful images as you have, back when I had the opportunities to spend time up there. Keep creating your lovely, talented work!

  • that’s a lovely comment Nicole, thank you so much. We have friends in Calgary and around the area too, which is another pleasure to visit.
    Glad it brought back memories, I have more to

    – Vickie Emms

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL serene capture Vickie

  • many thanks Larry

    – Vickie Emms

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