Canada is filled with awe-inspiring scenic vistas, and the Rocky Mountain views of Banff National Park are probably the most jaw-dropping of them all. Be it winter or summer, Banff makes for the perfect canvas for a photographer’s lens. It’s massive, it’s barren, its filled with beauty and outdoor adventures.
As a photographer, I often preach that the best light happens early in the morning or late in the day. In and around Banff, the light at these times captures the texture of the landscape and enhances the deep valleys and jagged peaks of the magnificent mountains. So my advice is to get up early whenever you can.
Another important tip: When photographing in freezing conditions, be sure to keep your camera batteries close to your body for warmth to keep from draining quickly from the cold.
I hope you enjoy some of the photos I have captured during my two trips to Canada’s national treasure. Believe me, two trips aren’t enough. And I’ll be back.
Paddling on Lake Louise
Paddling on Lake Louise is one of the highlights of visiting Banff National Park. It allows you to appreciate Mother Nature at her best.
Sunrise over the Bow Glacier
This is one of the most picturesque parts of Banff National Park. Treat yourself to a great night at Num-Ti-Jah Lodge and wake up with this view.
Exploring the Columbia Icefield
The Columbia Icefield is the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains. You must go all the way up to the Icefields Parkway, in the northern tip of the park, to experience walking on ice.
Skating on Lake Louise
Lake Louise may be a hot summer destination but it also is a fabulous winter getaway. Skating on the lake takes you back to those days when you were a kid learning to balance on two tiny blades.
Daybreak in the Rocky Mountains
It doesn’t really matter where you are in Banff National Park, there is always a great view of the Rockies.
Ice climbing in Banff National Park
If adventure is what you are after then make sure to give ice climbing a try. Johnston Canyon offers ideal conditions in the winter.
Thermal springs in Banff
Don’t miss the Cave and Basin National Historic site with its natural thermal mineral springs. Here, Canada’s first national park was established.
The glow of Mother Nature
Sunset in the Rockies is something you will never forget. As the sun sets, the sky lights up with a color palette that seems to be never-ending.
Snowshoeing in the backcountry
Snowshoeing is a perfect way to get out and explore the backcountry in Banff National Park.