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Bankhead Ghost Town



Can I just say that ghost towns are a lot freakier than I ever thought they would be? We visited the Lower Bankhead Ghost Town in the late afternoon, and I can tell you there is no way I would ever venture out here at night. 

The Ghost Town is pretty vast, and we just visited a small bit of it and did the most basic loop. We came across the old foundations of many different buildings, all in varying stages of ruin. The old coal train is pretty cool, and we actually found a geocache inside!



The house at the bottom of the hill is completely hollowed out and well graffiti-ed (as you can see from the photo). No one really knows why the coal mining town was shut down suddenly in the 1920's. It was originally created to support the CP Rail, but it seems the National Park had a change of heart and decided they didn't want an industrial coal mining town within their borders after all. 

Upper and Lower Bankhead are located just before Lake Minnewanka in Banff. It's very easy to get to, and not too much hiking at all. If you see black goo, don't touch it! It's carcinogenic!



Ghost Town, check. 

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