Why Stargazing at Lake Minnewanka is one of the most beautiful things

Few things make you feel as light, insignificant & larger than life, than staring at a canopy of a million stars.

Not to wax poetic, people, but truly, stargazing is one of most humbling, incredible things to do. All your worries, the world… all melt into the dark sky, while you’re being lulled into a mesmerizing display of shooting stars, and twinkling lights that only seem to grow brighter.

Who would have thought being in the darkness is what you would need to see the light! That’s irony, right there. And it bodes true for life, as it does for night time photography.

Okay, I’ve gone all Maya Angelou here, but that’s what stargazing at Lake Minnewanka, Banff did to me. It was also my first-time ever doing astrophotography. (which 2 super helpful Canadians took me through… tip #1 – umm…remove lens cap.)

Just look at this majesty!

Milky way, are you there?

Look at those clusters of stars!

Here’s a helpful resource to plan your trip to Lake Minnewanka
Address: Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada
Great for: Biking, Hiking, Kayaking/Canoeing, Skiing, Viewing Northern Lights

If you’re in the area, here are some amazing things to do in Lake Louise, Banff.

What are your favorite star gazing spots?

Also published on Medium.

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Regina Cox August 4, 2018 at 9:19 AM

Hi – love your post – planning on doing stargazing next week in Banff/Jasper where did you go at Lake Minnewanka – is there a beach? Did you go out on the lake in a boat? Thanks for your help.

Jyo August 11, 2018 at 9:10 AM

Hi Regina, glad you enjoyed the post! These pictures were taken by Two Jack Lake, on the Lake Minnewanka scenic drive. I highly recommend the scenic drive from Banff. There are no beaches by Banff, but there are plenty of beautiful lakes – lake Moraine, lake Louise and Minnewanka are pretty stand out. If you’re going in August, there is also a possibility you might see the Northern lights/ Aurora Borealis, late at night. I have not done the boat cruise myself, but have friends who have taken the boat cruise upto Devil’s gap. Here’s where you can get more info: https://www.todocanada.ca/city/banff/listing/lake-minnewanka-boat-cruise/.

Hope you have a great trip, Banff is absolutely beautiful, more so in summer!


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