Lake Minnewanka is one of the foremost excellent attractions of Banff National Park, but only very few of its guests know that is that this amazing lake is covering up a captivating mystery underneath its surface: a submerged ghost town.
Minnewanka Landing once was a flourishing resort town
In the mid-1800s, there was a town called Minnewanka Landing where the 13-mile-long Lake Minnewanka sits nowadays. Individuals would visit the well-known resort town, which sat on the edge of a much littler adaptation of today’s lake, from adjacent Calgary. Guests would go on pontoon trips over the lake and appreciate the town’s inns, bungalows, and restaurants.
The story and the change
Things started to alter in 1895, concurring to Parks Canada. A dam was built on Devil's Creek to “improve the lake’s shoreline,” with another dam taking after in 1912 in the Devil's Canyon. Built by the Calgary Electricity Company, the moment dam’s reason was water capacity. Shockingly, the moment dam raised the water level by 3.5 meters (12 feet), which driven the Devil's Creek getting to be flooded. At the starting of World War II, the Calgary Control Company required to extend its hydroelectric control. So beneath the War Measures Act, a third dam (which is still shown in Banff National Stop nowadays) was developed. It was this dam that raised the water level 30 meters (98 ft) and comes about within the whole resort town, the 1912 dam, and a bridge at Fallen angels River getting to be totally submerged.
Parks Canada prehistorian Charge Perry told the Smithsonian magazine that amid World War II everybody was hungry for control over the area. “Calgary and the encompassing range were developing significantly amid that point in time and required more control, so Lake Minnewanka was seen as a simple end.”
The Ghost Town
Minnewanka Landing is presently found 18 meters (60 ft) underneath the lake’s surface. The glacier-fed and frigid waters of Lake Minnewanka have luckily protected the town well. Scuba jumpers have the opportunity to see real cabins (with intaglio windows), leftovers of the old lodging, and wharves. Nowadays, around 8,000 scuba jumpers a year visit Lake Minnewanka to see the submerged apparition town for themselves.
Underneath the surface, scuba jumpers can moreover see a local campsite for thousands of a long time prior. Archeologists have found stick focuses and sharpened stones in later a long time. Over Minnewanka Landing, the lake proceeds to be a favorite put for vessel cruises and kayaking enterprises within the summertime.