Lovely Lake Louise
One of the most beautiful places on earth that I have seen while traveling is Banff National Park in my very own country, Canada. It’s a photographer’s dream to spend time taking pictures there and my stay was filled with amazing views and incredible experiences. Banff is Canada’s oldest National Park, established in 1885. While the 6,641 square km park came into existence at the end of the nineteenth century, it was inhabited for quite some time before that. There is archeological evidence that shows human habitation in the area dating back nearly ten thousand years!
Along the Bow River Parkway
One of the cool things about Banff is that when you are driving, it is easy to spot dozens of great places to photograph. If you take the time to hike around the various lakes and rivers, you’ll come across even more amazing photographic treasures. One of the best places to see a wide variety of spectacular scenes is on the Bow River Parkway. There are many spots along the road to stop and check out the local flora and fauna and there are information panels in the rest stops describing which animals you can find in the area, as well as the history of the region.
Hiking the trail at Johnston Canyon
One must see place is Johnston Canyon where you’ll see white water rapids, tunnels, and waterfalls where ice climbing is popular in the winter. I highly recommend the hike along the trail that follows Johnston Canyon. The first part is easily accessible for families and hikers of all types, but it does get a little more challenging near the latter part of the trail. If you’re doing the whole hike, be sure to bring water , snacks and a good pair of hiking shoes or boots. It makes for a great all morning or afternoon hike.
Just west of the resort town of Banff you’ll find the Vermillion lakes. This area is a perfect place to see wildlife and get some beautiful landscape photos. As you approach the third lake you’ll smell the sulphur that emanates from the hot spring found there. One of the typical photos that is taken at the lakes is the reflection of Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountain as seen in the photo below.
Mountains and Lakes and Hot Springs Oh My!
One of the most beautiful lakes that I have ever seen in my life is Moraine Lake,and if you’re planning a trip to Banff National Park you will want to have the following 3 lakes on your list of must see places:
- Peyto Lake – Unbelievable colour and one hell of a view!
- Moraine Lake – Perhaps the perfect lake, in the perfect location, surrounded by perfect mountains.
- Lake Louise – As far as having a hotel situated in the most majestic setting in the world, it’s hard to beat the Chateau at Lake Louise.
Click on the links of each of these lakes to see what I’m talking about.
Magical Moraine Lake
One of my hopes is that I get a chance to return to Banff National Park in the winter, to try and capture this majestic place when it is covered in a pristine blanket of white snow. Maybe if I wish hard enough… ;)
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Just so beautiful …
Lou Belcher says
Beautiful…. Thanks for the tour. Such wonderfully vibrant colors.
Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista says
I love pictures of the Banff area and knew yours would be gorgeous! You didn’t disappoint! How do you do this? I’m in awe.
“and then there was…” god ;-)
and just for the record you don’t always get what you wish for, you get what you work for, so I’m pretty sure you’ll get the chance to return. Hugs
Beth Yost says
Your pictures are stunning, as always. I still believe Banff is the most beautiful place I’ve camped/traveled. My old twitter pic was standing right where you took that last photo! It would have looked much better if you’d have taken it! Great shots!
Jim Nix says
Great series Ken. I have been there several times and everything you say is true! It is just a fabulous, magical area and it is ripe with photo opps too! A true paradise!
Kris Koeller says
These are terrific. I’ve been to Banff twice, once in the summer and once in the winter. Its such a photogenic place, hard to go wrong. Ncie work.
Carlos Garcia says
Ken! These are all just stunning! Lakes, rivers, canyons and trees! I want to step into each photograph. Just fantastic!
Matthew Karsten says
I remember my first trip to Banff. I was in college, and knew nothing about it. A friend convinced me to drive up there with him from Montana.
I couldn’t believe my eyes! :)
Favorite line? “Do go chasing waterfalls”!!!!!!!! – GORGEOUS pictures as per usual. Can’t wait to see you in Austria!!
The Travel Chica says
I have heard so much about Banff. It is high on my list of places to visit in North America.
These photos are incredible! You just made Banff move up a few spots on the list.
Edith Levy says
Simply beautiful Ken and awe inspiring.
Siddhartha Joshi says
Wow…these images are incredible!
art lover says
More incredible seen through your eyes than mine.
Ken Kaminesky says
Cheers to all of you for such nice comments! Thank you :)
Debbie, it’s a lot of planning and post production work on the photos. So glad you like them!
Beth, I have to agree. Banff is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Carlos, hopefully you can take the family there one day. They would love it!
Matt, glad to hear that you made it up there. Well worth the drive, right?
Thanks Kirsten, looking forward to hanging out in Innsbruck!
Matt barber says
Big fan of what you are doing and this section of photo’s. Just amazing . I litterly just come back last night from Banff National Park, saw and photographed pretty much all that you have posted. I strive to capture the beauty in same way that you do. well done.
Jo Wienert says
I LOVE your photos!! I know you hear that lots but I NEVER tell anyone that. I swear, you and I must have something of the same brand of brain, because your photos are like just the way I would have seen it if I had been there also. The only problem is I am stuck here and don’t get to travel like you!! You are so lucky to be able see all of these different wonderful places. Maybe in my next life…ha.
Thanks so much for sharing with the world. You have a great thing going and it’s perfect to be doing something you so much enjoy also!!
Jo Wienert says
Oops I missed a “w” in the above comment on my link. This link should work.
Margaret Antkowski says
As a lover of the outdoors, I’m always enthralled by beautiful natural landscape images taken while on hikes. I think you’ve captured some of the most beautiful spots in Western Canada. Your use of HDR only enhances the gorgeous colours found naturally in these scenes. I’d love to see the photos without the HDR too!
Found you from yTravel, and so glad I did! Your photos are wonderful. I’m still essentially at the “snapshot” phase (does anyone say “snapshot” anymore?), but trying to learn.
Moraine Lake is truly one of the prettiest places on the planet; glad you got to see it.
PS–I’m adding you to my blogroll so my readers can find you!
Actually, this is not Lake Louise. This is Moraine Lake, in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. I’ve been here so many times. It’s near Lake Louise but it is not Lake Louise.
Your images are breathtaking. I’m headed to Jasper, Banff and Yoho this coming Sunday. Can hardly wait…