Unsolved Mysteries of the World
Lake Minnewanka S01E20
There are some places that seem just too serene, too beautiful, too majestic to be considered haunted or mysterious. And perhaps that is what is so interesting about this episode because no one suspects such a site exists, and yet it does, playing host to tens of thousands of people each year and revealing its mysteries to only a few.
This is Unsolved Mysteries of the World Season One Episode 20, Lake Minnewanka.
Lake Minnewanka is a glacially fed lake near the townsite of picturesque Banff Alberta in Canada that holds many legends, tales and mysteries.
Lake Minnewanka literally means Lake of Water Spirits in the Nakoda language of first nations who have inhabited the area for centuries.
But the beautiful clear lake had a more ominous name before tourists arrived. Native legend tells us of sea serpent like creature who inhabited the lake who would feed on unsuspecting men and women but preferred the taste of children. Before the national park was established and the area mined, the lake was known to natives and early explorers as Cannibal lake due to the amount of suspected drownings and disappearances blamed on the sea creature. The entire surrounding area has ominous names associated with them, Devil's Gap, Ghost Lake, Devil's Crag, Ghost River Road and Deadman's Flats and equally legends and lore associated with each.
Beyond the beauty of the surrounding vistas and clear blue water we find an ghost town, sunken, at the bottom of Lake Minnewanka and early native battle sites littered along its shores.
Visitors report seeing ghostly apparitions of horses, natives and early settlers. The area is also a hot spot for bigfoot sightings.