Don’t Waste Your Precious Landscape Photography Time in Banff National Park

  By Brian Merry

Banff and the Canadian Rockies are known around the World for the many famous landscape photography locations here.  Think about Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Vermillion Lakes and Mount Rundle.  And, I haven’t even mentioned the night sky and the Aurora yet.  The landscape photography possibilities in the Canadian Rockies are seemingly endless.  But, what isn’t endless is the amount of time that you have to spend photographing them.
If you don’t live here, or if you happened to be visiting from away, and only have a few days here, where do you go to shoot?  After all, you don’t want to waste your limited amount of time for landscape photography in Banff, National Park. 
I understand completely, and after living here in Banff for more than two decades I pretty sure that I can give you some good advice so you don’t waste the time you have.  So in no particular order, I’m putting these locations forward as the five best winter landscape photography locations in Banff, National Park:
1/  Vermillion Lakes – This place is probably well-known to everybody here reading this so I won’t expand on it here.  I have all the details in my expanded blog on these locations on my website.
2/  Lake Minnewanka – A bit of a ‘local legend’ when it comes to the night sky and photographing the aurora in in the mountains.  This place is a good location to remember in the Winter.  You might encounter a flock of Bighorn Sheep when you’re here too.  They’re common here year-round.
3/  Moose Meadows – This used to be a relatively unknown place when I started photographing here 22 years ago.  I fell in love with this location though when I instantly recognized it’s potential as a classic and reliable landscape photography location.
4/  Lake Louise – Yeah, I can hear you now, “That place is soooo overdone!”  And, you’re right.  It is.  But, it is probably the most photographed location in Western Canada for one good reason.  Its spectacular natural beauty is jaw-dropping.  Keep this location in mind when visiting the Rockies.
5/  Tunnel Mountain – And now for a somewhat lesser known location for landscape photography.  Get ready for a 5 km round trip hike on an easy trail rising 280m above the Town of Banff. This is a local’s favourite local to go for a quick hike to stretch your legs.  The views from the top looking both North and South are pretty good too.
This is my quick-list of classic landscape photography locations in Banff National Park.  And we’ll be visiting most of them depending on the weather and light on the “Banff National Park Landscape Photography Day Tour” I’m co-hosting with The Camera Store on Jan. 27, 2017.  If you’re intrigued with the locations I mentioned above, then check out the full blog post on my website too.  I go into much greater detail describing these locations there.  I hope you check it out.

Have an amazing weekend!