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4 Spectacular Alberta Lakes

Posted On: 17.04.07

4 Spectacular Alberta Lakes 

Alberta is home to incredible lakes that draw people from all around the world. If you're looking for jaw-dropping lake adventures, check out these picks... you won't be disappointed!

1. Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta

Probably the best-known of all lakes in the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise was named Lake Of The Little Fishes, by the Stoney Nakota First Nations people. Located in Banff National Park, Lake Louise has emerald coloured water from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers. It's set against a soaring mountain backdrop. Kayaking and canoeing are popular activities in the summer. Come winter, the lake is used for ice fishing and iceskating. It's a must see and sure to leave a lasting impression.

2. Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

Situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, 8 miles south of Lake Louise, Moraine Lake is also glacially fed and one of the most photographed lakes in the world. Moraine Lake is only half the size of its nearby neighbour Lake Louise, but according to many, even more scenic. Moraine Lake is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles, creating a captivating scene and a "hot spot" for canoeing. Its waters are an amazing shade of turquoise that changes in intensity through the summer as the glaciers melt. 

3. Ghost Lake, Alberta

Ghost Lake is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains about 35 minutes west of Calgary, where the Bow and Ghost Rivers meet. With majestic mountain views to the west and pastoral views of the Alberta foothills on the south bank, this man-made fresh water lake offers boundless aquatic activities year round. It’s a popular place for Albertans to wakeboard, fish, windsurf, paddle board, kayak, canoe, sail, ice-boat, skate and more. Ghost Lake is a fun, unique and worthwhile destination to experience.  It's less crowded than many other lakes in Alberta and a short commute from the city.

4. Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta

Just 3 miles from the Banff townsite, Lake Minnewanka is the longest lake in the Rocky Mountain National Parks. It’s a beautiful spot and a great place to spot wildlife like elk, mule, deer, mountain sheep and bears. 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. It's ideal for swimming, diving, canoeing and fishing and has fantastic views of the mountains. The lake is also home to trophy size Lake Trout, Rocky Mountain Whitefish and Lake Whitefish. It's worth the drive out!

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Article Credits: Wikipedia, Lake Minnewanka, Ghost Lake, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake 

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