It seems that everyone is a semi-professional photographer these days. With the help of iPhones, it only takes a second or two to Instagram and BAM – you have 100 likes. Even if you don’t have Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest, why wouldn’t you want amazing photos of your adventure vacation? We’re celebrating March as Canada Month and since Alberta is one of its most picturesque provinces, here is a roundup of just a FEW things that you should photograph the next time you visit.
1.) Ten Peaks – You know you’ve made it when you’ve completed a hike up Sentinel Pass. This backcountry hike of sorts in Banff National Park leads to some of the most breathtaking views in all of Canada. Take a panoramic shot of Paradise Valley and see if you can capture all ten of the Ten Peaks in one shot!
2.) Athabasca Glacier – You can’t visit southwestern Alberta without walking on the world’s most-visited glacier. Strap on your crampons and hike across this thick mass of ice found in the famous Columbia Icefield. Take lots of photos because one day, this glacier may be nothing more than a green, lush valley.
3.) Apple Crumble – For a food photo with some history behind it, take a photo of the apple crumble found on the menu at the Lake Agnes Tea House. This dessert is a favorite among locals, and it pairs well with many of the more than 100 different loose leaf teas that are also on the menu. This charming family-run tea house has been serving hikers since 1905 and is situated on the shore of Lake Agnes. Sipping tea and getting your sugar fix at 7,000 ft.? Doesn’t get any better than that, so capture the moment!
4.) Upper Falls – The Johnston Canyon hiking trail that leads to Upper Falls is one of the most popular trails in all of Alberta. Hike early in the morning or later in the afternoon (it’s only about 1.7 miles) to avoid the crowds. A good vantage point for photographing the falls from below is from one of the catwalks built into the cliffs. On top, walk out onto the platform that extends over the gorge and offers a different perspective of these rushing waters.
5.) Bow Valley Parkway – Alright, so you may not want to take a picture of the parkway itself, but keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife that call this 51-km span of Banff National Park home. Look for the unique wildlife crossings that were constructed for the sole purpose of helping these animals cross the road. You could see bighorn sheep, deer, elk, mountain goats and yes, even bears.
6.) Spirit Island – Located in the middle of Maligne Lake, the largest lake in Jasper National Park, Spirit Island is one of the most photographed lake islands in the world. To get close to it, you’ll have to take a tour boat or paddle up in a non-motorized watercraft.
7.) Calgary Stampede – Even if you’ve never been to Calgary, chances are that you’ve heard of its famous annual rodeo, the Calgary Stampede. This exciting and historic (it debuted in 1912) event brings hundreds of thousands of spectators out to watch the world’s best cowboys compete.
8.) Glacier Skywalk – After opening in 2014, the Glacier Skywalk is now a “must-see” for visitors to Alberta. It’s conveniently located an hour from Jasper and on the Icefields Parkway. Take a photo showing the skywalk as it extends over the canyons or if you’re brave enough to venture out onto the glass platform itself, take a photo of your feet and the valley below. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a bird or a waterfall in your frame.
9.) Peyto Lake – this stunningly blue, actually turquoise, lake gets its color from the glacial waters that help fill it. A prime picture-taking spot is from the top of Bow Summit, the Icefield Parkway’s highest point. But keep in mind that the color changes depending on time of year and current weather conditions. Still, you should be able to snap a pretty picture or two that will leave your friends wondering if you used Photoshop!
10.) Rapids on the Kananaskis River – Challenging enough without being too challenging, the Kananaskis River that flows along the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies is an ideal place for a family-friendly whitewater adventure. If you have a waterproof camera or a waterproof phone case, capture the action so your friends at home can also experience these Class II-III rapids and laugh at how wet you get!
Note: Many of these incredible moments can be captured while on our Canadian Rockies adventure vacations that visit Banff and Jasper National Parks. We have an itinerary specifically designed for families as well as our action-packed adult itinerary. Don’t forget that if you book one of our Canadian Rockies packages by April 1, 2015, you’ll save $200 per adult! On the fence? Learn more about Alberta by watching Dan Austin and Travel Alberta’s free webinar, Adventures in Alberta!