Heather Dempsey of Parks Canada suggests these scenic lakeside picnic sites:
- Picnic at the west end of Lake Minnewanka and gaze at panoramas of the Canadian Rockies’ longest lake.
- Southeast is Two Jack Lake and secluded Johnson Lake. Walk short trails and swim in shallow waters (on hot days).
- Watch for deer, elk and pileated woodpeckers in tree cavities at Muleshoe Lake (5 min via the Bow Valley Pkwy W of Banff townsite).
- Visit Bow Lake (Icefields Pkwy) for breath-taking Crowfoot Glacier and Waputik Range views.
Editor’s Note: Canmore’s Quarry Lake offers a sandy beach, swimming, trails and Ha Ling Peak view.—RM