After many trips to this area of Canada, I have compiled 10 of my favorite photo spots in Banff National Park. These iconic spots are not to be missed!.
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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, is a very photogenic place. The park is home to iconic mountains as well as turquoise lakes, rushing streams, lush forests, charming villages, and picturesque hotels.
The Seeker Project quiz was conducted by Le Club AccorHotels. My results revealed that I was looking for an adventure in the great outdoors. The revolutionary quiz uses biometric answers to determine the ideal travel destination based on user’s responses to a series images.
These results were right on target, and Banff with its stunning, yet wild, scenery and outdoor opportunities was the ideal place to get my nature fix.
Lake Louise, a glacier-fed paradise surrounded by ethereal mountain peaks, is a turquoise dream in summer and a snowy wonderland in winter. To get the most out of Lake Louise and to capture the best photos, I stayed at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. I was able to stay in the heart of all the attractions.
One of my favourite photo spots in Lake Louise is the Chateau’s main-floor windows that look out onto the lake. There are also the waterfalls at its back (which can either be accessed by hiking around the right side of Lake Louise or canoeing), and Fairview Lookout, which overlooks both the Chateau and the lake.
Johnston Canyon’s trail is breathtaking. It runs from the parking lot through the canyon and up to the inkpots and falls. This route is beautiful and accessible at all times of the year. However, it’s best to do the hike in winter or shoulder seasons due to the intense summer crowds.
Once you reach Johnston there will be plenty of photo opportunities. My favorites spots include the Upper Falls, Lower Falls and Horseshoe Bend. Just make sure to check ahead to confirm if Horseshoe Bend is closed as it closes for the season.
Three lakes, the Vermilion Lakes, are located just minutes from Banff and offer stunning views of Mount Rundle. Many vantage points for photography are located along the shore of the lake, many of which offer great shots of Mount Rundle reflected in the water.
However, Fairmont Banff Springs is a great place to stay if you want to capture the best views of Mount Rundle and the Vermillion Lakes. You can get stunning sunset and sunrise shots by driving only 10 minutes from the hotel.
Moraine Lake, a bright turquoise-colored lake located in Valley Of The Ten Peaks, is just a ten minute drive from Lake Louise. Amazing photography opportunities are provided by the incredible views of the mountains surrounding the lake. I recommend that you take a canoe to the lake.
The road to Moraine Lake is closed in winter due to safety concerns. Before you travel, make sure to verify the opening and closing dates!
Peyto Lake Viewpoint
A 2.7-kilometer hiking loop takes you to the Peyto Lake panoramic viewpoint, which is about a 30-minute drive from Lake Louise. The viewpoint overlooks the turquoise-colored Peyto Lake, surrounded by mountains and forests. It’s a short hike, but the view from the top is worth it.
In peak season, the trail can get quite busy so make sure you get there early or stay until late. If you find the viewpoint a bit too busy, you can continue up the hill to another viewpoint that offers a more unobstructed view.
Signature Mountain is the highlight of what you see when you stand on the Fairmont Banff Springs’ terraces and gaze out at the scene. You can photograph the mountain from the water, or from any of the many nearby vantage points, but I believe the Fairmont Banff is the best.
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Banff’s downtown is charming. It features beautiful chalet-style buildings, bright lights, and small businesses. This area is also very photogenic.
Despite this, there is always one shot that elevates the scene. It’s the shot with Cascade Mountain in background. This iconic shot of downtown Banff can be taken by heading to Banff Avenue and looking towards the mountain.
Lake Minnewanka is located about 5 km from Banff. It is a large glacial-fed lake that is surrounded by mountains. This is a great spot for fishing and hiking, as well as being photogenic.
This lake is known for its amazing Northern Light viewing locations. So arrive late and set your camera to long exposure. Then, get snapping!
Two Jack Lake
Similar to the Vermillion Lakes, Two Jack Lake offers spectacular views of Mount Rundle from a different perspective. It is located on the Lake Minnewanka loop road and offers great hiking, fishing and even scuba diving.
Morant’s Curve, one of Canada’s most famous photography spots, is just outside Lake Louise along the Bow Valley Parkway. This railway bend features a stunning forest and mountain backdrop. It was photographed by Nicholas Morant in the early days of Canadian Pacific Railway’s tracks through the area.
For that famous shot, go to the Bow Valley Parkway viewpoint and wait for the train to pass.