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Lake Minnewanka

The lake is long, deep (under today’s controlled conditions 24 kilometres or 15 miles long and 142 metres or 466 feet deep – the longest and second-deepest lake in the mountain parks) and bountiful. Lake trout in excess of 20 kilograms (44 pounds) were often caught when Europeans first began visiting the lake a little more than 100 years ago. Along its shores, elk, deer and mountain sheep are numerous (as are bears) and the lake is on a golden eagle flyway, a spring and fall migration route from summer nesting territories as far north as Alaska and Siberia to wintering grounds in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming.

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Lake Minekawa

Lake Minekawa