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Johnson Lake, Banff National Park
Northeast of Banff (the town), in Banff (the park), you’ll find several lakes which provide everything you’ve pictured in the Canadian Rockies. The water is crystal-clear, and jagged mountain peaks reflect in the sparkling surface of lakes like Johnson, Two Jack, and Minnewanka. There’s quite a bit of good hiking in this area, but of course, this is winter, not summer, so just about everything changes a bit. For starters, there’s the route you take to get here. In warmer weather, there’s a loop road, but in winter, half the loop is closed — so unless you packed your skis, …