10 photos that will make you want to visit Banff National Park :
I‘m spoiled. I live within an hour’s drive of Banff National Park. Whether its weekends in Banff or early morning sunrise photography road trips, Banff never disappoints. But I don’t want Banff all to myself. I want you to visit and enjoy the natural wonder of Banff as well.
So I choose 10 of my most recent photographs to inspire you to visit Banff National Park. These aren’t the greatest photographs take in the park. But hopefully they capture just enough of this insanely beautiful place to make you want to put Banff on your list of places to visit.
Mount Rundle at Sunrise at Vermilion Lakes
Vermillion Lakes is right outside the town of Banff. This location is great all year around because underground thermal activity keep some open water even on those minus 40 Celsius days! The Vermillion Lakes are accessed from the Mount Norquay Road, but south of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Two-Jake Lake is located just north east of the Banff town site at the southern end of Lake Minnewanka.
Hoodoo View Point
Hoodoo View Point is another location in the Rockies right off a parking lot is one of my favorite spots. Hoodoo View Points is accessed by taking Tunnel Mountain Road from Banff Avenue close to the Trans-Canada Highway or via Otter Street if you are in town.
Lonely-Tree at Lake Minnewanka
Lake Minnewanka is a glacial lake located in Banff National Park. Amazingly, its only five kilometres (3.1 miles) northeast of the Banff townsite and is a popular for its summer boat tours.
Morant’s Curve is on the Bow Valley Parkway close to Lake Louise. Morant’s Curve is a famous spot for local photographers and it is a great place to take pictures of trains as they pass through the mountains.
Skating at Lake Louise
The most beautiful ice skating rink on earth is at Lake Louise Alberta. Actually, it’s on Lake Louise. Every winter this iconic lake freezes over and the good people of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise transform it into an amazing winter wonderland.
View from Sulphur Mountain
Take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain and enjoy the amazing 360% view of Banff National Park and the Rockies. No description needed for this one. But be warned… the Gondola is overpriced so pick a day with great weather and few clouds.
Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake close to the village of Lake Louise. Moraine Lake is the most iconic view of the Canadian Rockies and very popular. And for good reason. This is one spot that everyone who visits Banff National Park gets too.
Not far from Moraine Lake is Lake Louise. Lake Louise is home to the world famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and some pretty spectacular views.
A little further north from Lake Louise on the Ice Fields Parkway is Bow Lake. Beautiful Crowfoot mountain sits in its high alpine splendor along this amazing glacial lake.
When to Visit
The absolute best time to visit Banff National Park is during September. Inded, the summer crowds have decreased and the weather is still pretty good. Of course, there is no bad time of year to visit Banff. The changing seasons mean different opportunities for different interests. In a perfect world you would come live here for a year.
Not sure where to stay during your trip to Banff this winter? Check out my guide on choosing between Banff and Canmore!