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BANFF & LAKE LOUISE

Johnson Lake, Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Icefields and more

Emerald glacial waters surrounded by canyons and majestic mountain ranges.

Banff National Park is Canada’s first park. Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, Banff is truly one of Canada’s greatest treasures. In the 1880’s the Transcontinental Railway was stretching her way across Canada and mountain towns were being settled for their natural resources. Banff, however, was settled with the tourist in mind from the very beginning. Tucked away in the bow valley and surrounded by hot springs, glacial lakes, canyons, and the most majestic mountain ranges, it’s difficult to count all the photographic possibilities.

As the railroad brought in the first adventurers, the hot springs at the Cave and Basin were soon opened to the public and people lined up to experience the healing powers of the warm waters. Although the Banff National Park is a popular destination for tourists from around the world, the vast expanse of this national treasure will leave you feeling as if you’re the only one enjoying the views.

Lake Louise, was originally named Lake of the Little Fishes by the First Nations people and later named after Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter. This alpine lake is a breathtaking iconic gem with emerald glacial waters which are situated between glacial peaks. While the crowds may gather to the shore of Lake Louise, nearby Valley of the Ten Peaks and its Moraine Lake is a photographic opportunity not to be missed.

Due to the massive contrast in lighting from the base of the mountains to the peaks, we’ll learn tips on how to properly expose for each situation. Photographing mountains of this magnitude can be an overwhelming assignment, however, we will discuss ways to tell the story of the Rockies through your photographs.

Jasper National Park – Extension

Jasper National Park is Canada’s largest national park, and lies about 180 miles northwest of Banff township. It’s about twice as big as Banff park, but sees considerably fewer people. Those people are missing out.

Some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada lies between Banff and Jasper, along the Icefields Parkway. This highway passes the Columbia Icefields, which is a major destination in itself. The journey from Banff to Jasper can take about 4 hours, but most people take the whole day, because there are just too many places to stop and stare with wonder.

Jasper itself is a much quieter town, compared to Banff, but still has its own charms. Near the village there are some truly spectacular views to be had. One of Canada’s most iconic images — that of Spirit Island on Maligne Lake — is just a drive and a boat trip from town. You can’t truly say you’ve seen the Canadian Rockies, if you haven’t been to Jasper National Park.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than in Banff.

As the railroad brought in the first adventurers, the hot springs at the Cave and Basin were soon opened to the public and people lined up to experience the healing powers of the warm waters. Although the Banff National Park is a popular destination for tourists from around the world, the vast expanse of this national treasure will leave you feeling as if you’re the only one enjoying the views.

Lake Louise, was originally named Lake of the Little Fishes by the First Nations people and later named after Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter. This alpine lake is a breathtaking iconic gem with emerald glacial waters which are situated between glacial peaks. While the crowds may gather to the shore of Lake Louise, nearby Valley of the Ten Peaks and its Moraine Lake is a photographic opportunity not to be missed.

Due to the massive contrast in lighting from the base of the mountains to the peaks, we’ll learn tips on how to properly expose for each situation. Photographing mountains of this magnitude can be an overwhelming assignment, however, we will discuss ways to tell the story of the Rockies through your photographs.

Jasper National Park – Extension

Jasper National Park is Canada’s largest national park, and lies about 180 miles northwest of Banff township. It’s about twice as big as Banff park, but sees considerably fewer people. Those people are missing out.

Some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada lies between Banff and Jasper, along the Icefields Parkway. This highway passes the Columbia Icefields, which is a major destination in itself. The journey from Banff to Jasper can take about 4 hours, but most people take the whole day, because there are just too many places to stop and stare with wonder.

Jasper itself is a much quieter town, compared to Banff, but still has its own charms. Near the village there are some truly spectacular views to be had. One of Canada’s most iconic images — that of Spirit Island on Maligne Lake — is just a drive and a boat trip from town. You can’t truly say you’ve seen the Canadian Rockies, if you haven’t been to Jasper National Park.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than in Banff.

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Moderate schedule
  • Travel by car or minibus
  • Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

June/July – Temps 63/40 F  17/4 C  Sunrise 5:33 | Sunset 9:47 (21:47)

Includes

  • Travel, landscape, architecture, nature, and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4 – 8 guests)
  • 4 or 5-star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Calgary International Airport (YYC) – Transfer time to hotel 1hr 40min
Optional Departure Airport for Jasper Extension: Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Banff area – Stoneridge Resort & Spa, Fairmont Banff Springs, Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge or similar

Helpful Links

Photographing Banff & Lake Louise – by Ian Robert Knight
> Canadian Cuisine – by Ian Robert Knight



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Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Ian Robert Knight

June 28 – July 3, 2020
June 27 – July 2, 2021

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

ITINERARY

BANFF & LAKE LOUISE 6 DAYS

Day 1 | Banff - Bow Falls - Banff Springs - Johnson Lake

We meet in the morning at our hotel in Banff National Park where we will spend the week together. After lunch, we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. We will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles, and techniques.

If ever there was an iconic mountain village to be photographed, Banff is it. We will enjoy a scenic walking tour down Banff Ave and enjoy the peaks of Sulphur Mountain from the heart of the town. While walking near town we will also visit the Cascade Gardens with beautiful views down the main street. From there, we will connect with the Fenland Trail which leads us along a looped trail. This wetland marsh area is ideal for birding, elk and deer. The trail is lined with aspens, white spruce, and poplar.

We’ll then venture out to Banff’s Bow Falls, which was created by the erosion from glacial activity along the Bow River. One of the most beloved waterfalls in Banff, this is an ideal location to try your hand at long exposures from various points along the falls. We will also spend some time photographing the iconic Banff Springs Hotel — “The Castle in the Rockies” — from afar, and from within.

In the early evening, we will celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants in Banff. Sampling local bison and elk is something that all visitors need to experience.

For sunset, we will step into the wilds with a scenic trail that will lead you around breathtaking Johnson Lake. As we make our way along the lakeside trail, we will enjoy continuous views of Cascade Mountain, the unique forest floor of the Bow Valley, and a few marshy areas which may provide opportunities to view waterfowl and muskrats. (D)

Day 2 | Johnston Canyon - Castle Mountain

We’ll start a little later today, after a long day yesterday. Today, we head to Johnston Canyon, just north of Banff township, where water forces its way and cuts through the limestone to form the canyon walls, waterfalls, tunnels and pools. This is a popular canyon, and a fairly easy climb, with a great payoff. We will bring our tripods, ND and polarizing filters and create beautiful pictures of this rushing water. It gets a little misty at the top, with the thundering force of the water, but it’s worth the effort to capture the falls. As we make our way out of the canyon, we’ll pass through the forest and alongside Johnston creek.

After our hike through the canyon, we’ll drive a little further north to capture Castle Mountain along the Bow river. A mountain was never more appropriately named, and this is a castle that needs exploring. A truly beautiful mountain, made evident by all the wedding photos that are taken here every day.

We will return to Banff, for an early night, as we have an early morning tomorrow. (B)

Day 3 | Vermillion Lakes - Sulphur Mountain - Two Jake Lake

We begin with an early morning sunrise shoot of the Vermillion Lakes west of the town of Banff and at the foot of Mount Norquay. These three lakes provide stunning mountain reflections of Mt. Rundle and beautiful light. We will start at the first lake, and finish our time on the third and furthest lake. This location may provide opportunities to photograph wildlife such as bald eagles and elk. We will return to the hotel for breakfast after the shoot.

After breakfast, we’ll take a mid-morning gondola ride as we ascend the side of beautiful Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. At the top, we’ll enjoy a 360-degree view of 6 scenic mountain ranges at 7,486 feet above sea level. The view from the top of the range will leave you breathless and exhilarated with unlimited photographic opportunities.

We will have an afternoon rest, so that we are ready for a sunset shoot. After dinner, we will head to Two Jack Lake where sunset comes alive. The lake is a short drive from Banff township, one which will provide breathtaking views of Cascade Mountain. Along with this stretch of road, we may encounter Bighorn Sheep feeding alongside us. As we wait for the sun to set and the waters to calm, we’ll encounter beautiful mountain reflections and interesting foregrounds which will lend to some spectacular photography. (B)

Day 4 | Morant's Curve - Lake Louise - Bow Lake - Peyto Lake

Today, we move camp a little further up the highway, to Lake Louise. A large portion of the most spectacular scenery in the park is in this section.

Before we get to Lake Louise, we will stop for awhile at Morant’s Curve. Made famous by Nicholas Morant, a staff photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway, this stretch of railway along the Bow River is not to be missed. Set below the majestic Mount Temple, this was one of Morant’s favorite locations across Canada. We will capture the light off the slopes of the Rockies and if we’re lucky, we’ll even have the opportunity to photograph a train coming around the bend of Morant’s curve.

Upon our arrival in Lake Louise, we’ll drop our bags at our hotel, and get some welcome lunch. After our break, we’ll drive a little further north up the Icefields Parkway, where some very beautiful scenery awaits us. Along the drive, there’s a pretty good chance we’ll spot brown bears foraging for food along the highway.

First up will be Bow Lake, and along with it, Bow Glacier Falls. A large lake, with towering peaks rising up from the deep blue waters, make for some great images. There’s a small mountain lodge at the shore of the lake that we can grab some tea or snacks. If the weather is good, and the energy level is high, we can take a 2 hour hike up to Bow Glacier Falls for a backcountry experience that will be truly memorable.

And finally, we will head to Peyto Lake, a short drive from Bow Lake. Peyto Lake is one of Canada’s more recognizable lakes, as it looks like a bear. The 10 minute hike up to the viewpoint is very worth the effort. (B)

Day 5 | Moraine Lake - Lake Louise - Lake Agnes

Although this day sounds like it’s all about lakes – each of them are unique and special. Moraine Lake is one of Banff’s most sought after scenes. If there is a location not to be missed while exploring the Canadian Rockies, this treasure is it. Glacially fed, Moraine Lake is nestled in the valley of Ten Peaks with an elevation of roughly 6,000 feet. In July, the lake will fill and cast a distinct shade of blue that will be a memory you carry for the rest of your life.

We begin early, as the best shots are at sunrise. By 5:30 am, the crowds will have gathered at the viewpoint. But we will get settled into a location that will provide us with unobstructed views, and without people taking selfies in front of us. Several peaceful walks and casual hikes are nestled around Moraine, and this stunning location deserves several hours of exploration. We’ll take our time at this location and enjoy breakfast here.

We’ll head back down to Lake Louise to photograph this mountain lake in the late morning. Capturing images of the bright red canoes paddled along the glacier-filled lake, or even paddling a canoe on the lake, will be a great experience. After a light lunch at the Chateau Lake Louise, we will begin a hike up to Lake Agnes. The hike is a little more than 2 miles (3.2 km) each way. Approximately 3 hours round trip, plus time to photograph the lake and waterfalls. Once we reach Lake Agnes, there is a European style Tea House, with hot cocoa and welcome snacks.

In the evening, we’ll settle in for our Farewell Dinner, in one of Lake Louise’s best restaurants. (B) (D)

Day 6 | Lake Louise - Emerald Lake - Natural Falls

On our last morning together, we will take a short trip into British Columbia’s Yoho National Park to photograph Emerald Lake. Since Emerald Lake is just a short drive across the provincial border into British Columbia, the opportunity to photograph her is just too good to pass up. We will have an early morning, so that we arrive at sunrise.

In addition to capturing the beauty of Emerald Lake, on the way back to Lake Louise, we will stop at the Natural Bridge, which is a rock overpass, over the Kicking Horse River. It’s an incredible natural phenomenon, and a wonderful way to spend our last morning together.

We’ll return to our hotel in Lake Louise for breakfast, and to review our last week’s photos, and check out.

For those of you who are joining us on our Jasper National Park extension, we’ll stay one more night in Lake Louise, where we will have a relaxing afternoon, before an early morning departure tomorrow. (B)

JASPER NATIONAL PARK 4DAY EXTENSION

Day 1 | Lake Louise to Jasper

We leave early in the morning, and head northwest, along the TransCanada Highway, and then the Icefields Parkway. We will make several stops along the way,including the Columbia Icefields and also the gorgeous Sunwapta Falls.

The Icefields are massive. It is the largest mass of ice in the Rocky Mountains, stretching 25 km across the continental divide. The Icefields are fed by 6 glaciers, some of which can be walked upon, or driven on (not by us though). The Icefields will make us feel quite small in comparison.

Sunwapta Falls is a pair of falls carved into a gorge, dropping about 75ft. Sunwapta, which is a Stoney Indian word for ‘turbulent river’, is certainly one of the best waterfalls we’d encounter this week. It’s especially beautiful towards the end of the day when the sun is lower in the horizon.

We will arrive in Jasper in time for a hearty dinner after we check into our lodge. (B)

Day 2 | Jasper

On day 2, we’ll set out to explore the town of Jasper, and enjoy Canada’s highest tram and an optional hike up to the top of Whistler’s summit, for 360 degree views of the valley below. We’ll be able to see Mount Robson from here – the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.

In the afternoon, we will trek through parts of Maligne Canyon, and capture stunning photos of its 6 bridges that span the chasms. Maligne Canyon is a deep slot canyon, reaching depths of 150 ft at some point. There are many waterfalls, streams, limestone walls and hikes to enjoy in this beautiful part of Jasper National Park.

Back to Jasper township for a well-deserved rest. (B)

Day 3 | Maligne Lake - Spirit Island

Today will be spent visiting Maligne Lake, one of Canada’s most beautiful lakes. If you’ve only seen one photo of a lake in Canada, it’s likely this one. 

The lake is 22 km long, with only a portion of it is accessible by road. The rest of the journey must be done by boat, but it will take us to the very famous Spirit Island. Well worth the time, for one of the most iconic scenes in the Canadian Rockies.

We’ll return to our Lodge, and prepare for a wonderful Farewell Dinner in one of Jasper’s best restaurants. (B) (D)

Day 4 | Jasper to Edmonton

On our final day, we head east towards Edmonton (YEG), with about a 4 hour drive. Flights can be arranged through here or further south (3 hours) in Calgary (YYC).

We encourage you to extend your time in Alberta, maybe visiting Edmonton for their Klondike Days at the end of July. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

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All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

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