water of spirits

 In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
John Muir

 I recently took a day trip out to Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. The day was a little gloomy, but the area was breath taking none the less. Situated just north east of the township of Banff, Lake Minnewapta is surrounded by glorious mountains, rocky shores and wooded paths.  


According to archaeologists that have studied the area, aboriginal people inhabited this area as far back as 10,000 years ago. The Stoney people called it “Minn-waki” (or Lake of the Spirits), and were fearful and respectful of the lake due to the resident spirits. Interesting enough, early Europeans called it Devil's Lake.*

I enjoyed my little trip enormously. Just look at those waters.

I can't wait to go back, hopefully this Fall.

* Information source Wikipedia and Parks Canada.