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Two Jack Lake - Banff National Park, Alberta


By touring - Posted on 07 December 2009

Two Jack Lake - Banff National Park, Alberta

Two Jack Lake near Banff, Alberta is a stunningly picturesque lake offering visitors opportunities for scenic drives, wildlife viewing, kayaking and even camping.

Located on the loop, it's a perfect place to take a scenic drive around the turquoise-coloured Minnewanka and . There are two campgrounds in the area that offer sheltered, secluded campsites tucked away in the forest. Day-use areas offer picnic areas & barbecues for family gatherings.





Two Jack Lake Campground - Main Site

The Two Jack Lake Campground's main site is the larger of the two available campgrounds, and offers sites in a heavily treed forest with seclusion & privacy. Bighorn sheep and elk often frequent the area.

Cooking areas and flush toilets are available, but there are no showers. Open from mid-May to September. Campsites are on a FIRST COME basis, there are no reservations so arrive early to get a spot. Check out time is 11:00 AM.

for location and more information from Parks Canada.

Two Jack Lakeside Campground

The Two Jack Lakeside Campground is the smaller campground and is located closer to the water. This is an idyllic camping location with some campsites backing onto the lake.

Kitchen shelters, flush toilets and heated showers are available. Campsites are on a FIRST COME basis, there are no reservations so arrive early to get the best spots. Check out time is 11:00 AM.

for location and more information from Parks Canada.

Things to do at Two Jack Lake

Summer:

  • Take a scenic drive along the Minnewanka Loop. Watch for nature at its best including elk, mountain sheep and a variety of birds. On rare occasions, Parks Canada may close the area when a bear is in the area.

  • Do a day hike or a back-country hike. There are hiking trails along the scenic shore.

  • Two Jack Lake fishing is available too. It's reputed to be good for trout fishing. A Banff National Park fishing license is required.

  • Learn to SCUBA dive in Two Jack Lake. I did a few years ago. It was COLD but fun to do with a group of friends.

  • Go out in the canoe for a quiet paddle around the lake. Or, if you would rather leave the physical stuff to someone else, head over to the nearby Lake Minnewanka and enjoy a relaxing and scenic boat ride.

Winter

  • Take the scenic drive along the Minnewanka Loop. There's an amazing array of wildlife, usually by the roadside where the snow has been cleared. I've even seen a moose (really quite ugly animals... they're all nose & snout).

  • Cross-country skiing can be done on the trails. The snow cover may be patchy in the forest.

  • For the determined angler, ice fishing is available on Two Jack Lake & Lake Minnewanka. The wind on the open ice can be strong.

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Two Jack Lake is located 11 kilometers (15 minutes) outside of Banff, Alberta or 128 kilometers (1.5 hours) from Calgary, Alberta.

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