Lake Minnewanka has provided hunting, fishing, and campgrounds to people for thousands of years. Indigenous peoples revered the lake for the spirit it held. It is from this tradition that the lake gets its name, minn-waki, meaning 'lake of spirits'.
Located a few minutes from the town of Banff, Lake Minnewanka is a hot spot in the summer. The breeze passing over its waters make its banks a nice, cool place to relax and unwind when the temperatures rise. It's also one of the few waterways within Banff National Park to allow power boats on its waters.
Hiking around the lake is also a popular activity, as the towers mountains around the lake provide an excellent backdrop. During the winter, the lake itself becomes accessible to sportsmen, and skaters can be seen cruising the lake, taking in the views.