Minnewanka Lake, Alberta
Dive site characteristics
Behavior to have: respect the environment and the fauna.
The dives are altitude dives, watch your buttom time. A 7.5mm thick neoprene wet suit is mandatory. A dry suit may be more suitable depending of your comfort habits. Water temperature oscillate and there is a thermocline.
It is important to note that if you do your dive from the shore, a dive flag is mandatory. Be carefull with the wildlife and accidental wounds. Watch you buoyancy. Take note that in case of emergency, the cell phone may not be operationnal.
The site is accessible with the help of pylones attached to the top of the old dam. The dive starts with a surface swim of about 100m. It is an exploration dive of the old flooded town during the building of the first dam in 1912 and of a second one in 1947. The interest points are along the old dam, a road, two spillways, a blockhouse, three telephone poles. Recently divers have added toilets accessories and an habitat. Another possible visit is the one of the old abandoned town. The site is accessible only by boat and is not clearly marked.
Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to dive with somone knowing the dive site.
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|1||12.2||Foundation #5||80m from the causeway and 90m from the boat ramp.|
|2||13.7m||Foundation #4||80m from the causeway and 40m from the dam.|
|3||12.2-27.5m||1912 Dam||70m from the causeway and 120m from the boat ramp, oriented North - South.|
|4||16.8m||Foundation #6||100m North-East from the dam and 40m North-East from the well.|
|5||16.8||The Well||125m from the causeway and 40m North-East from the House Foundations.|
|6||16.8m||Foundation #6||100m North-East from the dam and 40m North-East from the well.|
|7||17.5m||Fireplace||120m South-West of Hotel|
|8||18.3m||Sidewalk||Halfway between Hotel and House Foundations #2 and #3.|
|9||17.5m||Hotel||200m from shore (Foundation #1).|
|10||23m||North Breakwater||Over 400m from shore and 120m North-East of House Foundations #3.|
|11||24.5m||Long Wharf||Over 400m from shore and 120m North-East of House Foundations #3.|
|12||23m||South Breakwater||Over 400m from shore and 120m North-East of House Foundations #3. Lies South of the Long Wharf (~parallel to it).|
|13||24.5m||Old Wharf||Over 640m from shore and 220m South-East of the Long Wharf.|
|14||18.3m||Foundation #2||420m from shore and 200m from the Hotel|
|15||17.5m||Outside hole||Over 400m from shore, close to House Foundations #2 and #3, southerly.|
|16||17.5m||Foundation #3||420m from shore and 200m South of Hotel, very close to House Foundation #2.|
Don’t get into trouble, bring your C-card with you.
From Banf from rout #1 heading North, take the Lake Minnewanka interchange and follow the road indications for the lake which is located in Banff National Park .
You may park your vehicule along side of the road and dive from the shoreline.
|Adventures In Scuba||9950, Macleod Trail Southeast,
|Aqua Sport Scuba Center||3411, 20 Street Southwest,
|The Dive Outfitters|| 17826 - 107 Avenue,
|Dive Rescue & Consulting Canada||6928, 104 Street Northwest,
|The Dive Shop||4652, Macleod Trail Southwest,
|Farrington Diving Services||Blackfalds||403 885-4635|
|Northwest Scuba Ventures||6815, 104 Street Northwest,
|Ocean Sports||10133, 82 Avenue Northwest,
|Sunfish Scuba Diving||4630, 16 Avenue Northwest,
|X-Treme D-Tours||Calgary||403 272-9325|