Enjoy epic views without breaking a sweat. Often the best sights are enjoyed after a tiring climb up to a mountain vista. Thankfully that isn't always the case as sometimes we prefer to take it easy. If you are searching for postcard-worthy sights that are a breeze to reach, we know just the spot. This short hike in Alberta will lead you to a sparkling bright blue lake this summer.
The area around Banff is world-famous for the colour of the water. But sometimes you want to escape the huge crowds at popular sights like Moraine Lake or Lake Louise.
Instead, you check out Lake Minnewanka. The Stewart Canyon Trail is perfect for when you want to sip your iced latte and talk with your friends.
The journey is 1.5 kilometres one way, and the entire trip will take you approximately one hour round trip. Best of all, there is hardly any elevation gain, so it's more like a stroll than a hike.
The hiking path starts at the shore of Lake Minnewanka, which is just so breathtaking you might be happy to stay there the entire time. The water here is such a vivid colour, and you'll get to see Cascade Mountain too.
Further along, the trail will weave along the shore and through Stewart Canyon. Eventually, you'll even get an up-close view of the rushing water of the Cascade River.
Near the end, you'll reach a footbridge that provides a stunning lookout of the river. It makes for a fantastic photo, so you'll definitely want to stop to take a selfie.
If you feel like going a bit further, at the end of the route, it also connects to the Aylmer Pass Trail so you can keep exploring. But we suggest you turn around and take a seat back by the lake and soak in the views.
Stewart Canyon Trail
Address: Improvement District No. 9, AB
Why You Need To Go: It is a short and sweet hike that perfect for summer.
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