10 Best Places to Photograph Alberta’s Stunning Mountains
It’s almost impossible to make Alberta’s mountains look less than incredible, but if you’re a budding shutterbug interested in the best landscapes the province has to offer, check out these 10 locations.
Forestry Trunk Road
A gravel road that runs parallel to the Rocky Mountains, the Forestry Trunk Road is a great spot to indulge in mountain photography. This photograph, taken by Francis Parker of Deloraine, Man., also takes advantage of the smoky air to create a haze effect.
Located in the eastern part of Banff National Park, Lake Minnewanka is a staggering 21 kilometres long and 142 metres deep. The indigenous Nakoda peoples of Canada referred to Lake Minnewanka as “Lake of the Spirits,” while early Europeans called it “Devil’s Lake.”
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Lying on an elevated plateau, the Columbia Icefield is the largest of its kind in the Canadian Rockies—nearly three-quarters of the park’s highest peaks are located in the area.
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Located north of Lake Louise in Banff National Park, this glacier-fed lake is one of the most famous sights in Alberta. During the summer months, glacial rock flour flows into the lake, which gives the water its stunning blue colour.
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Waterton Lakes National Park
Despite being the smallest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Waterton Lakes is still home to some breathtaking scenery, including the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
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Photographer Lynn Mabley of Hinton, Alta., took this shot of Mount Kerkeslin from the Marmot Basin ski area in Jasper National Park. In a word? Incredible.
Photographer Cat Taylor of Calgary writes: “Living this close to the Rockies, it can be difficult to avoid the stereotypical views of the more common spots. Sunrise at Lake Louise is a great time to capture a different mood!”
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The Town of Cochrane
Russ Hayes of Sherbrooke, Que., snapped this pic of the Rocky Mountains from the vantage point of Cochrane, one of the fastest growing towns in Alberta.
This small mountain lake is one of Banff National Park’s best-kept secrets. The Little Beehive mountain is located to the east of Lake Agnes, while the top of the lake features marvelous views of the Continental Divide.
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