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This 16-km (10-mi) car and bike circuit (with north section closed Nov 15-Apr 15 for wildlife protection) accesses Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park’s largest lake, plus historic sites, trails and picnic sites. From downtown, take Banff Ave north past the Trans-Canada Hwy to Cascade Ponds, a picnic spot with shelters beside waters. Continue clockwise to the Lower Bankhead 1.1-km (0.7-mi) interpretive trail to abandoned coal mine ruins. Upper Bankhead at 2.9 km (1.8 mi) was the site of miners’ homes; it now offers picnic tables and a shelter. Walk the 4.2-km (2.6-mi) C Level Cirque Trail past mine ruins and Lake Minnewanka viewpoint to a Cascade Mountain basin (cirque) set in cliffs. Another 2 km (1.2 mi) farther is Lake Minnewanka with a cruise, boat rentals and fishing. Bighorn sheep reside here; the scuba dive site has a submerged dam and ruins. On the north shore is Lake Minnewanka Trail, popular for hiking and closed to cyclists and dogs July 10 to Sept 15. Continue south to Two Jack Lake with picnic sites. Detour left to Johnson Lake with picnic sites, lakeside trails and swimming.