Alberta is a year round scenic playground and photographer’s dream. Sparkling snow draped landscapes await your discovery in winter. Spring blossoms with new life, lush green parks and meadows blanketed in wildflowers. Lakes and waterways shimmer in summer sunlight, creating a picture perfect backdrop to explore. Visit in autumn to see Alberta’s groves of mature trees transform into a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour.
When it’s time to step behind the lens, be sure to add these eight scenes to your shot list.
Lake Louise, Banff National Park
Breathtaking in every season, Lake Louise in Banff National Park is one of Alberta’s most spectacular settings. In winter, skate in a fairy-tale outdoor arena bordered by the majestic Victoria Glacier and elegant Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Visit the world famous turquoise lake in summer for a leisurely paddle and lakeshore stroll.
Spirit Island, Jasper National Park
Spirit Island in Jasper National Park is one of the most photographed scenes in the Canadian Rockies. A boat cruise on Maligne Lake, about 48 km (30 mi) outside of the town of Jasper, is the only way you’ll see this legendary location. Book the classic cruise, or Through the Lens tour for expert photography tips.
Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
Located in the Valley of Ten Peaks, just outside of Lake Louise, the impossibly blue, glacier fed Moraine Lake is paradise for photographers. Take a gentle stroll along the lakeshore and watch for wildlife. Hike the short Rockpile Trail to capture the best view of the lake.
Peyto Lake, Banff National Park
Drive along the iconic Icefields Parkway, about 40 minutes northwest of Lake Louise, and you’ll find the beautiful glacier fed Peyto Lake. Enjoy an easy 10-minute walk to the viewpoint at the Bow Summit for sweeping views of the glacial valley and vibrant blue lake below.
Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton Lakes National Park
Perched atop a hillside with unmatched views of Waterton Lake, the historic Prince of Wales Hotel is an iconic landmark in Alberta’s southernmost national park. Panoramas of the hotel, expansive lake and snow capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies photograph beautifully year round.
Horsethief Canyon, Canadian Badlands
Head 10-minutes north of the world renowned Royal Tyrell Museum, just outside of Drumheller in the Canadian Badlands, and you’ll arrive at Horsethief Canyon. Photograph the dramatic chasm from the edge, or book a scenic helicopter tour for jaw dropping aerial shots.
Peace Bridge, Calgary
Spanning the Bow River, Calgary’s pedestrian only Peace Bridge connects the city’s northern riverside pathway system with the downtown core. Form meets function with this work of art that showcases the red and white colours of the city of Calgary and Canadian flags. Visit at night to capture the impressive bridge aglow with light.
Edmonton River Valley, Edmonton
Encompassing more than 150 km (93 mi) of multi-use trails and 22 major city parks, the lush Edmonton River Valley is the largest expanse of urban parkland in North America. You’ll find an impressive array of photo opportunities throughout the park, or head to the High Level Bridge for breathtaking vistas of the valley below.