Back in April when I went on my annual mountain photography expedition I took the time to drive the back roads up toward Lake Minnewanka. It’s a beautiful place – stunning mountain vistas, a glorious interaction of earth with sky, with water, with flora and fauna – and only a few minutes north of the town of Banff.
The name, however, is a little misleading – it’s called a lake when in fact it is a reservoir. According to Wikipedia It 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. “Dams were built in 1912 and 1941 to supply the town of Banff with hydro-electric power. The 1941 dam 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.”
This much was evident, in a subtle sort of way, when I visited in April. The ice, which was a foot or more thick even then, was broken up and subsiding where it met the shore or submerged geological formations. This signified great fluctuations in the water level – which, of course, would not happen in such an exaggerated way in a mere lake.
Anyway, the thickness of the ice and the way it hugged the land inspired an even greater appreciation of the relatively recent history of that area. I’ve talked about that area before in my blogs, and I’m sure I’ll talk about it again.
In the meantime, keep your eyes open, and keep your camera clicking.