Lake Minnewanka to LM8 - Sun, Jun 3 2012

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PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Banff National Park
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jun 3 2012  10:15 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:45 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jun 3 2012 7:00:00 AM
Event Duration:5 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Jorinda
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Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 10 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Fragrance-free, please - chemical & fragrance sensitivities. Thank you. :)

Please note: This hike may be cancelled for bad weather (rain, snow, etc.).


Distance: 16km
Elevation Gain: negligible

We'll eat our lunch at LM8, the pretty little backcountry campground just offshore of the lake.

Ed will be hiking vicariously through us while we sip wine in Napa vicariously through Ed.

"There's nothing mini about Lake Minnewanka. It's a magnificent 22km long, fiord-like lake. Maxiwanka is more like it. And clinging to the lake's north shore is a trail providing maximal scenery for minimal effort. views up and down the lake are excellent. Also visible are the shriekingly steep cliffs of Mt. Inglismaldie, above the south shore. "Minnewanka is a Stoney Indian name meaning "Water of the Spirits." According to legend, the lake is haunted by fish-people. Aboriginal artifacts discovered here suggest human habitation 11,000 years ago. The original, much smaller body of water was dammed to create the reservoir we see today. It's the only hydroelectric power source in a Canadian national park. Despite its vast surface area, the lake is only 97m deep."
~~ Ref: Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies 5th Edition, Shoulder Season Trip 121, p438. Also, GemTrek's Banff and Mt. Assiniboine Map.

Please arrive before 8:45 so that we may all be in our cars and barelling toward Banff by 8:45.

Required Items to Bring:
- Good pair of hiking boots/shoes
- Lunch, snacks, water
Weather-appropriate clothing.
Recommended Items to Bring:
- Gaiters
- Hiking Poles
- Icers (hopefully won't be required by then, but who knows)
- Camera
- A change of clothes (ticks will be out... blick)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Go west on the Trans Canada to Banff. Take the first Banff townsite exit (right), also signed for Lake Minnewanka. At the first stop sign, turn right (north) onto the Lake Minnewanka Road. Drive the Lake Minnewanka Road north 5.5km to the large, paved parking lot at 1482m, just above the lake's west end.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):226Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:45 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $72.32 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Tuesday, June 18, 2024). This is based on $0.16/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.


- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!