We are happy to offer you this new edition of our Canadian Rockies Photo Tour, with several departures for 2020. This is one of our most popular destinations. During this trip, we will photograph the incredible landscapes in the National Parks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains: Banff, Jasper and Yoho.
This tour is an excellent opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts. You’ll be able to appreciate nature in all it’s glory in one of the most impressive areas on Earth, the perfect destination for any landscape and wildlife photography lover.
Among some of the many locations we will be photographing are lakes such as Louise, Peyto the canyons of Johnston or Maligne and waterfalls such as Sunwapta and Takakkaw. Along the way there will be endless glaciers, rivers and creeks; all with the stunning background of the Rocky Mountains with peaks that soar more than 12,000 feet high. Without a doubt, you will have ample opportunity to get extraordinary photographs in an area that will allow us to fully utilize our creativity to capture these incredible landscapes.
To get the best photos, we will wake up early every morning so we can get to our planned locations before sunrise to utilize the best light of the day. Sunsets will also be a time we will be out to make sure we take advantage of the golden hour and and the magical spell it casts on the landscapes during that time. Although our days will be long, being able to shoot at both these times will guarantee us the opportunity to create the most idilyc imagery which will make it all worth it in the end. We will have also have plenty of free time during the trip, usually before or after lunch, so we all can relax and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
We’ve planned our Canadian Rockies Photo Tour in October with the ideal weather conditions in mind for landscape photography. During this time we will have some snow which will add even more magic to our photographs.
In addition to sunrise and sunsets, we will be doing some night photography sessions. There is also the possibility we could even see the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights! Everyday we will be monitoring the forecasts closely to make sure we don’t miss the opportunity to photograph this incredible natural phenomenon as the area of Canada we are staying is known for its low light pollution which is really helpful when capturing the Northern Lights.
We will also be keeping an eye out for wildlife throughout the trip as it’s not uncommon to see elk, deer, bighorn sheep, moose, black/grizzly bears or wolves. Although it’s not guaranteed we will encounter any animals we will have our cameras ready just in case!
If you love landscape and nature photography, this Canadian Rockies Photo Tour will bring you countless photo opportunities to create jaw dropping images regardless of your skill level. Our trip is suitable for almost all physical conditions as many of the locations on our itinerary are easily accesible. Whether you are a professional photographer or photo enthusiast, we promise that we will do everything possible to improve your photography skills and take you to some of the most scenic locations the Canadian Rockies has to offer.
Space is very limited as we already have bookings confirmed! Don’t hesitate to send us an email with questions or to reserve your spot on this wonderful Canadian Rockies Photo Tour!
The tentative itinerary below includes some of the locations we will be visiting. The exact order and itinerary may change due to weather, shooting and light conditions, depending exclusively on our criteria.
Welcome to Canada! We begin our journey by meeting the group at Calgary airport by early afternoon.
From there we will drive to Banff and check into our hotel.
If time allows, we will drive to the Vermilion Lakes area where we will capture the first sunset of the trip. The Vermilion Lakes consist of three consecutive lakes on the outskirts of Banff facing the impressive Rundle Mountain. The light during this time of day is phenomenal and at times we’ll be able to enjoy fantastic reflections of the peaks on the lakes. It’s also an area where we may be see some wildlife so we will be on the lookout for that as well!
Today we’ll wake up early to photograph our first dawn in the Canadian Rockies. We will leave the hotel early to get to Two Jack Lake for our sunrise session. This is one of the most famous locations around Banff with beautiful views and reflections of Mount Rundle. There is also tiny island next to the shoreline which will be useful when explaining how to compose landscape images using human elements in the foreground.
Then, we’ll head to Banff for breakfast and will take a walk on its bustling main street where we’ll buy food and supplies for the next few days since we’ll often try to do picnics for lunch in many of the beautiful locations we visit.
Later, we will drive the Bow Valley Parkway in search of wildlife and then head to Johnston Canyon. Once we arrive, we will hike the lower and upper waterfalls and also photograph the wonderful caves in the area. If the weather forecast for the day is too clear and sunny, we may do this visit on a different date since the ideal shooting conditions for this spot is on an overcast day.
Before heading back to Banff, we’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch in the canyon while we enjoy the scenery. Once in Banff, we’ll go to the Minnewanka Loop area in search of wildlife. It’s very likely we’ll spot some deer and even elk here so we will need to have our telephoto lenses ready.
Then, we’ll have free time to rest before going out again for our sunset session in the Lake Johnson area, another small lake close to Banff that usually also has wonderful reflections. We often find logs near the shoreline which we will use to practice photographing with our wide angle lenses by adding them in as foreground points of interest.
Depending on the weather conditions, we may have a night session in case there is a good chance to photograph the Northern Lights.
We’ll wake up early to photograph Moraine Lake, one of the most scenic and famous locations in the Canadian Rockies. The road to this place usually gets closed by mid October, so we will visit the area at the beginning of the place, so we have more possibilities of enjoying this amazing place. We will spend the whole day in the area.
We may have a night session in this wonderful location too, in case conditions are good.
For today, we’ll head to Cascade Pond, near Banff, for our sunrise session.
After breakfast, we’ll drive the Bow Valley Parkway searching for wildlife. Then, we’ll head to Kootenay National Park, for a quick visit of this beautiful park, photographing some of its most amazing locations, as Marble Canyon.
In the evening, we’ll get to the top of Sulphur Mountain (not included in price). We’ll be shooting here till the time to move to our sunset session, in one of the lakes out of Banff.
We’ll begin our day today by heading to the Vermilion Lakes for sunrise where we will capture dawn as it breaks over Mount Rundle.
After, we will have breakfast and head to Jasper, our destination for the next three days.
We have around 300 km of travel today where we will drive across the world famous Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic roads on Earth.
During our route, we will be continuously stopping to take pictures of some of Canada’s most famous scenery such as Bow, Peyto and Waterfowl Lakes, Mistaya Canyon, Saskatchewan Crossing, Athabasca Glacier, Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls. All these locations have many opportunities to photograph impressive landscapes, rivers, mountains and wildlife, should we spot any by the road.
Bow and Peyto lakes will be the most impressive lakes we will visit along the Icefields Parkway. Bow is literally next to the highway, so it’s an easy visit. Despite being so close to the road, the views here are breathtaking. One of the most beautiful lakes we will photograph during the whole trip will be at the foot of Crowfoot Mountain near Bow Glacier. A few miles from Bow is Peyto, one of the most recognizable views in the Rockies. After a 10-15 minutes hike to its viewpoint, we will be able to enjoy the incredible view of this spectacular lake. From here, its shape often reminds people of a dog/wolf/fox head. During our visit, it’s quite possible that we may find this location covered by snow since it’s on one of the highest sections on the Icefields Parkway. Regardless if we find snow or not, this places will bring us some wonderful photographs.
We will take our lunch in Saskatchewan Crossing or Sunwapta Falls depending on where we are during the day. Sunwapta Falls will be another one of our mandatory stops where we will visit an impressive waterfall with a small island on top. Another spectacular setting to capture great images!
Our sunset session that evening will be taken from one of the locations by the Icefields Parkway, or if we arrive to Jasper early, by one of the lakes near the town.
Today we will photograph the sunrise by Pyramid Lake so we can capture the sun as it illuminates the horizon with the stunning Pyramid Mountain in the background. We’ll spend a good amount of time in this area as there are many photo opportunities to be had. There is also a beautiful island in the middle of the lake joined to the shoreline by a wooden bridge which is particularly photogenic. After breakfast, we will be visiting Annette and Beauvert Lakes located on the outskirts of Jasper, each unique with its own particular color.
After our morning, we’ll have some free time to relax. Depending on weather and road conditions, we may be able to drive west to the Mount Robson Provincial Park area. Mount Robson is the highest peaks in the Canadian Rocky Mountains located on the border between Alberta and the British Columbia. During this time we will also briefly stop by the Fraser River as well as Moose and Yellowhead Lakes.
We will return to Jasper for our sunset session, and if lucky, will have a night session by Patricia Lake trying to capture the Northern Lights.
Today we will wake up earlier than usual to drive towards Maligne Lake in order to do our sunrise session there. This is one of the most beautiful locations in Jasper National Park so we will enjoy our time there photographing the area.
After breakfast, we’ll explore some areas around the Maligne Canyon. There are several hikes in that area which we will be doing some of the shortest ones. Depending on the time and conditions, we might be able to do a complete hike.
We’ll head back to Jasper for lunch and then drive the Maligne Lake Road again to Medicine Lake. This place is not actually a lake, but an area where the Maligne River backs up and forms a temporary body of water that fluctuates depending on the season.
For our sunset session we will head back to Maligne Lake where we will enjoy an evening by one of Jasper’s most picturesque locations. There is a boat house by the shoreline which will help us compose our shots by adding a human element to a natural setting. Moose and deer are also commonly seen here so we’ll be ready to photograph them as well.
Today we will photograph the sunrise from Patricia Lake. As the sun goes up, the light will illuminate the stunning Pyramid Mountain, which we’ll have in front of us, with its beautiful colors and contrasts.
After breakfast, we will drive some kilometers South by the Icefields Parkway, to the Cavell Lake area, as long as the road remains open. We will be also searching for wildlife in this section of the road.
We’ll be back in town for lunch and some rest time. Then, we’ll head to Sunwapta Falls for our sunset session, one of the most amazing spots in the Rockies.
Today we will photograph the sunrise from a different part of Patricia Lake, and then leave our hotel after breakfast and begin driving back towards Banff National Park.
During our drive, we will make many stops again, as this road will bring many photo opportunities that we missed on our initial drive to Jasper. If time allows, we will drive a few kilometers east from Saskatchewan Country to photograph the beautiful Abraham Lake. This lake is world famous because of the impressive methane bubbles formed under the water when it freezes offering an excellent opportunity to get unique images.
We’ll be also repeating some of the locations we visited while driving to Jasper to photograph them under different light conditions. Sunwapta Falls, Saskatchewan Crossing or Peyto and Bow Lakes will be some of the possible stops.
Our sunset session that evening will be by Bow Lake where we will stay there till night arrives which offers an amazing setting for night photography.
We’ll end our day by driving to our hotel in Lake Louise.
Today we will head to Emerald Lake for sunrise. Emerald Lake is other of the most spectacular locations on this trip so we will stay there a while. This location has great potential with many different areas to shoot. There is also a lodge near the parking lot with a lovely bridge that makes for great photos that incorporate human elements into nature. We’ll make our way down the south shoreline of the lake stopping frequently to get as many different perspectives of this location as possible. We will be also focusing on rocks and logs dotted on the shoreline which will be a perfect foreground for our wide angle photographs.
We’ll then head to the Bow Valley Parkway to photograph one of the most famous spots in the Canadian Rockies, Morant’s Curve, where we will spend some time waiting to photograph passing trains. This is the perfect spot to photograph trains as they pass by a bend next to the Bow river offering postcard perfect images with beautiful snow capped peaks in the background.
After lunch we’ll have some free time to rest before we head to Peyto Lake for our sunset session. There, we’ll be able to enjoy one of the most spectacular views in the Canadian Rockies. If conditions are good, we will stay there till night hoping to photograph the Northern Lights.
This morning we will photograph the sunrise from Lake Louise before having breakfast. Lake Louise is one of the most photographed spots in the Rockies and all of Canada. This location will easily be one of the most beautiful places we’ll see on our trip. Unfortunately it can get quite crowded here during the day however early mornings when we plan on being there is usually pretty quiet.
After, we’lll go for a short walk around the Lake Louise area. There are a lot of interesting hikes around the lake to experience. We will be taking some of the shorter ones but depending on conditions we may choose to hike the opposite shoreline of the lake near the Victoria Glacier.
In the afternoon, we will drive west to Yoho National Park in British Columbia. We will photograph some beautiful spots like the Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada, or the Natural Bridge where the Kicking Horse River has created some impressive craters and waterfalls.
For sunset, we will head back to Emerald Lake since it’s one of the most beautiful locations in the area. We will also photograph this location during the blue hour, the time between dusk and sunset and stay longer if there is a good chance to see the Northern Lights.
Today, we’ll have our sunrise session around Herbert Lake, a small lake close to Lake Louise village which has spectacular views of mountains and scenic shorelines creating the ideal setting for landscape photography.
Then, we’ll have breakfast and will head to the Morant’s Curve area, trying to get some trains in our photographs. At the same time, we will be moving in this area searching for wildlife.
We’ll have breakfast in town and then we’ll have some free time to rest, before heading to Bow Lake, where we’ll have our sunset session. In case we have chances to capture the Northern Lights, we may visit the nearby Peyto Lake.
We may be heading to Peyto or Bow Lake for sunrise, depending on conditions.
After having breakfast, we will visit the surroundings of Lake Louise, exploring some of its easiest and shortest hikes.
We’ll be back to the area after lunch and having some time to rest, and we’ll have here our sunset session.
We’ll be shooting sunrise from Bow Lake, and then will have breakfast in Lake Louise and do the checking out at our hotel, to drive to Banff again.
We’ll explore the town and have free time for shopping. After lunch, we’ll head to the Kananaskis Country for the rest of the day. We’ll photograph sunset at one of the most scenic locations of the area, Kananaskis Lake.
Then, we’ll head to our hotel in Canmore.
Today, we’ll capture our last sunrise in the trip, in the surroundings of Canmore, before having breakfast and leave our hotel, driving to the airport, where our trip will end.
The price for this Canadian Rockies Photo Tour is $3,595 per person, in a double shared room.
This price is calculated based on a minimum group of 6 participants.
Single room occupancy: $800, subject to availability
To book your spot in this Canadian Rockies Photo Tour, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Price per person based on a minimum group number and for a double room (double – occupancy basis). Single room occupancy cost is $800, depending on availability.
This Canadian Rockies Photo Tour is organized by the agency Dream Photo Expeditions.
‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ carefully designs each one of the routes that it is offering, adapting always to the travelers’ needs. However, due to each country particularities and conditions, it is possible that the routes could vary, changing the itineraries and the places to visit.
Also, sometimes some of the activities and sessions can be cancelled, depending on weather conditions.
The program of this Canadian Rockies Photo Tour may also be changed in case of emergency, injury, illness, or robbery of any of the participants, among other causes.
Our Photo Tours are trips carefully designed and planned to take our clients to a wonderful photo destination, always trying to take them to the greatest locations at the best possible moments.
However, if any of our clients needs it, we will try to help them with the settings of their gear, as well as with any concept about photography, or giving them ideas for composition, etc.
Photography will always come number first during the trip. This means that, sometimes, we’ll be late for lunch or dinner, or even have to wait to the next meal.
We will be always waking up early and staying out till late. Also, we will have some night photography sessions , depending on conditions. However, many of the days of the trip, clients will have free time to rest, usually before of after lunch.
The traveler is responsible of having all the documentation for the trip. To visit Canada, citizens from Spain need their Passport, with an expiration date longer than 6 months after the trip.
From March 15, 2016, foreign travelers without a visa who travel to Canada will need an electronic travel authorization (eTa), with and additional cost not included in this travel conditions. Exceptions include American citizens and travelers with a valid visa http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp
Depending on your country, you may also need a visa. Always check the requirements with your country authorities before traveling to a foreign country.
This Canadian Rockies Photo Tour includes basic assistance insurance. Those travelers who wish to, can get an advanced insurance for an additional cost. In this case, ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will inform and help the client to choose a travel insurance.
To join this trip, it is mandatory to have a travel insurance, just in case anything could happen. Medical expenses in Canada are really high, even in the simple case of a hand or foot broken. Having a travel insurance covering high medical expenses would help in case of any inconvenience.
‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will give personal counseling and advice to travelers when purchasing their trip. Clients will be given a list with all that they need for the route, tips about how to prepare a medical kit for the travel, recommendations about the photography gear for the place and kind of photography, etc. Our staff will be delighted to solve any doubt that the clients could have when preparing the trip.
We are completely sure that this Canadian Rockies Photo Tour will be an unforgettable experience for travelers, as well as an intensive photography experience. ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ considers it its responsibility, as the travel agent, to promote values such as respect (cultural, social and environmental). Those values will always prevail in all our trips. At the same time, ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will always ensure that the impact of their trips is never negative for the country, their citizens or their wildlife.
As previously stated, in case of an accident or emergency, the itinerary or activities in this Canadian Rockies Photo Tour may need to be changed or cancelled until the situation is solved.
Dream Photo Expeditions and the photographers guiding the group are not responsible for injury, loss, theft, or damage during any part of the tour.
Each client must accept all conditions at the time payment is made.
At the moment of the purchase confirmation, the client will have to pay an initial payment of $500. The rest of the payment will be effective at maximum 30 days prior to the trip. The agency can resolve the contract and apply the established withdrawal rules before the departure if the client doesn’t make effective any of the expected payments in the deadline, as the terms previously seen. The features that make up the combined travel contract come from the information given to the client in the brochure or program, as well as from the indications regarding this information that could have been given when confirming the reservation.
In case the agency doesn’t complete the minimum needed group to confirm the trip, the client will recover the 100% of the initial payment.
– Until 60 days prior to the trip: $500
– 60 days prior to the trip: 100% of the trip cost (no refund at all).
Prices are based in the Exchange rates by March the 20th, 2018. The currency may be updated until 21 days prior to the departure, according to Spanish Travel Laws. A supplement/discount would be applied in case of change.
Once the reservation is done by the client, and the services and their prices are confirmed by the agency, these prices only could be revised until 20 calendar days prior to the departure dates, only in case there are variations in the transportation costs (including the fuel prices), in accommodations, in rates and taxes referring to certain services (such as landing, boarding in ports and airports), or in monetary exchange rates applied to the trip.
All our Photo Tours are organized by our official Travel Agency
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