The Canadian Rockies where superlatives of grandeur become mute in a landscape abounding with peaks competing to dominate the sky, psychedelic lakes that contend for the coolest colors of the light spectrum and rivers that appear to be a pleasing, but reality defying mistake in Photoshop. Rich in wildlife bighorn sheep, mountain goats and the ubiquitous elk are like so many exclamation marks upon the landscape.
Being one of the most photogenic landscapes on earth, we have all seen photos of its break away stars, iconic landscapes like Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Peyto Lake and Bow Lake but there is so much more.
In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third following the great examples of Yellowstone and Yosemite, its predasesors of ecologic preservation. Three ski areas (Norquay, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise), and the highways that bisect the park, it is about 93 percent untouched wilderness.
Rich and vibrant cultural and natural history, recognized globally by the United Nations, which designated the area of the Canadian Rockies as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, the park boasts a cornucopia of postcard-perfect mountains.
No matter which direction you go along the Bow River, and Icefields Parkways, it as if you had the Colorado San Juan Range on one side of the road and Idaho’s Sawtooth Range on the other with the added bonus of prodigious waterfalls spilling out of the glaciers like the Chugach Range of Alaska. Of course all the water feeds panoply of the colorful lakes that make the place famous.
The Canadian Rockies have become my favorite photo destination and I eagerly anticipate my next opportunity to return to capture its magic.