The Jewel of
Providing a myriad of recreational opportunities throughout
the year, Ghost Lake is one of the only desirable destination lakes easily accessible
from Calgary. The lake is actually a reservoir created by Calgary Power Ltd. in
1929 and is still used for hydroelectric power generation. More importantly, this
confluence of the Bow and Ghost rivers offer spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains
and clean, clear water for recreational and sporting enjoyment.
Ghost Lake is situated on the edge of the foothills. It
is named for the Ghost River, which flows into the east end of the reservoir. It
is said that the name is derived from native tales of a ghost that prowled the river
valley collecting the skulls of Blackfoot Indians felled by Cree warriors in battle.
In 1873, the area was settled by Reverend John McDougall, who established a mission
and cattle ranch near present-day Morley. The Hudson’s Bay Company also established
a trading post near Ghost Lake in 1874.
Today, Ghost Lake has become a popular recreational and
sporting destination for Albertans. The water is clear and inviting and encourages
boating, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, waterskiing and so much more in the warmer
months. In the winter, Ghost Lake accommodates both skaters, ice boarders and fishing
enthusiasts. In fact, Ghost Lake provides year round fishing of over 11 indigenous
species including lake trout, mountain whitefish and rainbow trout.