A Week In Canmore, Kananaskis & Jasper.

I recently spent 5 days exploring Canmore, Kananaskis & Jasper with some fellow photographers. Tons of memories were made, lots of photos were taken and new areas discovered. 

Edmonton, Alberta has been my home growing up, I am extremely fortunate to have on of the most inspiring places in the world in my "backyard". the Canadian Rockies. Even though I frequently visit them, there are still many places that I have yet to explore. Canmore & Kananaskis are on that list. Unfamiliar to me, I have always wanted to see more of the area. 

We spent our first night in Canmore at the quaint Paintbox Lodge. We set out the following morning to photograph the first sunrise of the trip, there is no better way to take in the landscape than from above. Thanks to Alpine Heli Tours we were able to get a birds eye view of Kananaskis & even made a landing in the back country. 

Canmore is a small town of roughly 14,000 people, located in the Bow Valley. We spent some time walking around getting different views of the Three Sisters, Ha Ling other distinctive, rugged and extraordinary mountains on the outskirts of town. 

Our last day was spent driving through Kananaskis down highway 40, it's difficult to get anywhere fast because you're stopping every five minutes to get out and take pictures.

After hiking through Kings Canyon and many stops along the way we got to the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis village. We settled into our rooms and finished a filling meal before strapping on some snowshoes and hiking under the stars to a meadow where we watched the moon rise and light up the valley. It was the perfect way to end our time in Canmore & Kananaskis. 

The next part of our trip led us to Jasper National Park via the Icefields Parkway,  which is one of the most incredible drives you will ever experience. Colossal mountains bordering either side of the highway passing by fields of glaciers, frozen lakes and ice caves. 

One of my buddies and our guide for Jasper was Jeff Bartlett, he led the way for our time in the park. Sunsets & sunrises on the banks of the Athabasca River, snowy walks around Medicine & Maligne Lake & night treks into the frozen Maligne Canyon was how we spent our time when we weren't resting at the Sawridge Inn

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Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, we had to head back home. We made the most of it and stopped off at Athabasca falls on the Icefield Parkway (HWY 93).

It was a pleasure to be back in Jasper and with a good crew and experience new things that I have never done before and highly recommend! 

For some more information on the area and tours check out these links:

http://www.jasper.travel / @tourismjasper 

http://www.tourismcanmore.com / @canmorekananaskis

For more images of this trip check out: 

@taylormichaelburk@calsnape@mikeseehagel@christopheramat@davidguenther @photojbartlett 

The Ultimate Rockies Road Trip

A 5 day journey throughout the iconic Albertan Rocky Mountains staying at three picturesque Fairmont Hotels, in 2015 BMW a diesel X3 & X5 with three olympic athletes (Jesse Lumsden, Brent Hayden & Helen Upperton) = The Ultimate Rockies Road Trip. 

After meeting with the crew in Calgary we headed West out of the prairies and into the Rockies stopping for epic views along the way. 

After our first night at the impressive Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise we woke up to fresh snow, that meant for a day on the hill! 

Olympic bobsledder Jesse Lumsden rippin' it up on the slopes of Lake Louise Ski Hill with views of the Chateau under the cloud. 

We set out to the Fairmont Banff Springs prior to taking in the scenery along the way. The BMW X3 was the perfect luxury adventure vehicle for us to explore around the area.  

The prestigious Banff Springs Castle made for a relaxing night at the Willow Stream Spa with mouth watering meals from Bow Valley Grill before heading North to Jasper. 

One of the most beautiful drives is from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park via the Icefields Parks Way. The drive was even better in the X5 with the panoramic moonroof, allowing us to looking up at the blue sky and mountain peaks.

A quick stop at the Columbia Icefields made for the perfect break on the drive to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Here Olympic Bronze medalist Swimmer, Brent Hayden stands taking it all in. 

Our quaint rustic cabin at the Jasper Park Lodge created the perfect setting for our 2 nights in town. 

This view of the Mighty Athabasca River is what you see while driving to and from the Jasper Park Lodge, we caught sunrise here before heading off to explore the area. 

A guided tour throughout the frozen winter wonderland of the Maligne Canyon was a definitely a highlight of the trip. the bright blue frozen waterfalls and riverbed leave you staring in awe. 

After our dinner at the main lodge we went outside, only to be surprised by Aurora in the sky, we took off in the X5 and chased the glowing lights that danced across the sky. 

Our final morning we left the Jasper Park Lodge and the Ultimate Rockies Road Trip came to an end in Edmonton, AB. 

The rooms, dining, activities and company were more than anyone could ask for!

I am super thankful to have been apart of this trip along with @calsnape, @fairmontcll, @fairmontbanff, @fairmontjpl & @BMWCanada. For more photos and different perspectives of the trip check out #bmwlifex on Instagram. 
 

4 States, 3 Dudes, 2 Weeks & 1 Hell Of A Road Trip!

When I got the call from Alex (@wilderness_culture/@alx.martin) to see if Callum (@calsnape) and myself were available to do a trip through Washington to Arizona. There was only one thought that came to mind. When do we start?

We covered over 2,000 miles, made a ton of new friends, chased frozen waterfalls, got lost amongst the giant Red Woods, dodged cactuses while hiking, swam in the Pacific Ocean, camped under the stars and jammed out to classic tunes along the way! Each day was a new experience without any set plans. Below are some photos from my most memorable experiences, hope you enjoy them!  

The Wilderness Culture shop has released some new products, if you want to improve your life and wardrobe be sure to check it out! www.wildernessculture.com/shop

 

 

Our home was a Treeline Outdoors Roof Top which provided a comfortable, warm & easily accessible place to crash! 

Our home was a Treeline Outdoors Roof Top which provided a comfortable, warm & easily accessible place to crash! 

One of many gorgeous waterfalls in Orgeon

One of many gorgeous waterfalls in Orgeon

McWay Falls, California

McWay Falls, California

Pfeiffer Beach, California

Pfeiffer Beach, California

Yosemite National Park, California 

Yosemite National Park, California 

Tunnel View. YNP California

Tunnel View. YNP California

Devils bathtub, YNP California

Devils bathtub, YNP California

Four Peaks, Arizona

Four Peaks, Arizona

Red Woods National Park, California 

Red Woods National Park, California 

Superstition Mountains, Arizona

Superstition Mountains, Arizona

Yosemite National Park, California 

Yosemite National Park, California 

Pacific Coast Highway, Oregon 

Pacific Coast Highway, Oregon 

Yosemite Instameet over 150 joined in on the fun! #YNPinstameet

Yosemite Instameet over 150 joined in on the fun! #YNPinstameet

Big Sur, California 

Big Sur, California 

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Abandon House, California 

Abandon House, California 

Elowah Falls, Oregon

Elowah Falls, Oregon

Elk on a lake, California 

Elk on a lake, California 

Golden Gate Bridge, California 

Golden Gate Bridge, California 

Alex from Wilderness Culture

Alex from Wilderness Culture

Quick Guide To Winter In Banff National Park

Below are some great options for activities and places to visit in Banff National Park in the winter months. 

The Cave & Basin is perfect for cold days as most of this exhibit is indoors. This is where it all began, in 1883 this cave was discovered by near by railway workers. Two years later this area became protected and represented the footsteps of Canada's National Park
system. 

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Banff National Park, plays a significant role in Canada's history as it is the first National Park in the Country. 6,641 square kilometers of epic, mind blowing landscapes that will leave you speechless. Above is Lake Minnewanka which is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, we were greeted by the Aurora breaking through the night sky! 

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Banff is home to hundreds of different species of wildlife, plants and organisms. Keep your eyes peeled while in the park, you never know what you may come across. There are specialized wild life tours as well!

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Pacing through the forest with 7 gorgeous Alaskan Huskies is something you are going to want to add to your bucket list! Watching these amazing dogs do what they love to do is something else. This is available via Kingmik Dog Sled tours.

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For those that love adrelaline Sunshine Village has a wicked terrain park. Get airborne and witness countless peaks in the distance. If the park isn't for you, the world famous powder may intrigue you!

With 4200 skiable acres Lake Louise Ski Resort offers a little bit for everyone. No matter where you look while on the hill you are sure to be pleased by monumental views of surrounding mountains and Lake Louise itself. 

For somewhere easily accessible and breathtaking I would recommend heading to Vermilion Lakes to watch the sun rise over the infamous Mount Rundle. This scenic landscape is open year round and a close walk or drive from the town itself! 

After watching the sunrise, head over to the Banff gondola which takes you up to Sulphur Mountain. You can hike along the spine of the mountain and end up in grand places like this. 

Ask anyone who has ever been down the Icefields Parkway and they will probably tell you that it was the most memorable and beautiful drive that they have ever taken. If you have the time I recommend checking out Herbert, Bow and Peyto Lake. Bring some snow shoes!

If you have a taste for the lavish life and enjoy waking up to views like this, head over to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. There are many great hikes in the surrounding area!

At the end of the day its hard to beat relaxing alongside a camp fire with friends and family, Cascade Ponds has a variety of spots with fire pits for your convenience! 

For more photos check out Banff Lake Louise (@banff_lakelouise), myself (@taylormichaelburk) and Callum Snape (@calsnape) on Instagram. 

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