Kayak Two Jack Lake

Canada Two Jack Lake Picnic Area

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Two Jack is a pristine lake with Canadian Rockies as the backdrop. This is a great spot for picnics and swimming. There's also easy access to put in your kayak, canoe or SUP. Two Jacks is located close to the town of Banff.

Of all the lakes in the Banff area, this was one of my favorites to get out on the water. Don't expect the bright blue glacial waters of some of the other lakes in the Canadian Rockies, but the water is pristine and it was one of the few places I went where it felt like it was all locals hanging out.

If you are coming from the town of Banff, take the Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive until you reach the Two Jack Lake Picnic Area (just past the two camping areas). There you will find walking trails around the lake, picnic tables, and a perfect spot to put in your canoe, kayak or SUP. There are no rentals available here (another reason for the lack of tourists!) so be sure to bring your own. It's also a great spot to just spend a lazy "off" day in the area, and if you are brave -- a swim!

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Kayak canoe or SUP
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Dry bag
  • Tripod for sunrise and sunset shots
  • Camping gear if you are lucky to nab a spot at one of the campgrounds
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Activities:

Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Kayaking, Swimming, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Summer, Autumn

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Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

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3 days ago

First-time Campers

We had a fantastic time camping here! We were 2nd row from the lake but still enjoyed a gorgeous view every day. Such a great spot to unplug. We camped 3 nights here then rented a house in Canmore. Although we enjoyed our entire Canadian experience, camping at Two Jack Lake won by unanimous vote as the best part of our visit :)

3 days ago

11 months ago

Pristine

Two jack is a pristine body of water that offers Mount Rundle as a backdrop. Perfect spot for sunrise photography and you just may be the only one there!

11 months ago

about 1 year ago

Amazing!

So may long we went out and it was raining but we put on our rain jackets and at 7am we were the only one on the lake. So much fun

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Awesome picnic spot.

Super stoked to see a new take on a Banff classic! Good directions, great photos. Keep it up.

over 1 year ago

Added by Christin Healey

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