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      LAKE MINNEWANKA 1
      LAKE MINNEWANKA BOAT CRUISE

 
Just 10 km out of Banff town you will come to the turnoff for the 14 km
drive by beautiful Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake.

The fascinating Lodgepole Pine tree
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IT RE-POPULATES THE FOREST AFTER A FIRE!

The lake is flanked with Lodgepole Pine trees.  Forestry services decided to do a controlled burn on one side of the lake and miscalculated their capacity to control the fire.  It destroyed thousands of acres of prime evergreen forest.  Lodgpole pine trees are specially adapted to re-populate forest fired areas and have done so with amazing efficiencly.  Take a boat cruise to Devils Gap and notice the carpet-thick growth of the lodgepoles.  The trees live approximately 100 years and then die out allowing other trees to populate the area that the lodgpoles have reclaimed from the forest fire.  One of the most fascinating things about the lodgepole is the pine cones ability to withstand incredible heat, necessary for it to seed into ash and soil after the forest fire has passed.

MARILYN MONROE AND ROBERT MITCHUM SHOT A MOVIE NEAR HERE IN 1953 CALLED "RIVER OF NO RETURN"

Lake Minnewanka had an interesting start.  Turn of the century it was a low, dry lake with not much character.  A dam was built early this century and created a much larger lake.  Cruises take you to Devils Gap and along the way watch for bears, deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and sasquatch!  Just kidding about the sasquatch.

DALLS SHEEP AT MINNEWANKA
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Mountain Goat overlooking Lake Minnewanka

LAKE MINNEWANKA
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This area is one of the best around Banff for wildlife viewing

 
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