Posted by: worldsgreatesttravelblog | January 16, 2010

Shhhhhhhhhhhh if you go down to the lake today you may disturb the spirits.

This stunning lake in Banff National Park has hosted hunters for more than a hundred centuries. The sign by the lake tells us it was feared by the Stoney people who called it “Minnewanka” (Lake of the Spirits) who believed the lake was full of spirits. Early Europeans called it the “Devils Lake”.
Archaeologists have discovered stone tools near the lake dating back 10,000 years. (I go back a bit less than that).
They believe the mountainous regions close to the lake, with its abundance of rocks and its rich source of food from deer and elk encouraged the craft among the people who inhabited the lake thousands of years ago.  
The lake is situated is about 5 kms from the town of Banff. At 28km long and a deepest depth of 142 meters that makes it the longest lake in the park. Today the lake is a popular spot for hiking, biking and boat tours.

OMG what ever happened to them……….Are the spirits alive and well after all………



  1. Wow, what a great blog about Lake Minnewanka! Looks like you had a fantastic day there for photos and wandering around the lake.

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