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.
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!