Lake Minnewanka

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Named “Lake of the Water Spirit” because town officials thought the name “Cannibal Lake” which the natives called it was a bit too grim. Natives believed that a Water Spirit that was half fish and half human lived in the lake and dragged the unwary to their deaths. People report a lot of strange happenings around the lake and most locals believe it is haunted.

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Geographic Information

Lake Minnewanka
Banff, AB, Canada

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51.26406859999999, -115.37456739999999
Division No. 15
Nearest Towns:
Banff, AB (10.7 mi.)
Canmore, AB (11.4 mi.)
Seebe, AB (17.5 mi.)
Eisenhower Junction, AB (23.4 mi.)
Castle Junction, AB (23.4 mi.)
Morley, AB (23.7 mi.)
Lake Louise, AB (36.8 mi.)
Jumping Pound, AB (38.2 mi.)
Cochrane, AB (40.2 mi.)
Stephen, BC (41.9 mi.)


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