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12 Epic Days In Alberta

Explore some of North America's most incredible terrain.

By: Andy Best + Save to a List

I’ve had the amazing opportunity of visiting Alberta, Canada a number of times now. From it’s vast prairies that butt right up to the dramatic Rocky Mountains and everything in between, it truly is unmatched in overall beauty. I’ve explored the mind bending Dinosaur Provincial Park during a solar storm, Banff’s overwhelmingly extreme backcountry, to Jasper’s remote and wild beauty. However, this story is about it’s less famous, but just as gorgeous, and some may argue even more so, Southeast Alberta and the Crowsnest Pass.

I arrived in Alberta early to mid July. I was pumped and ready to take the challenge bestowed on me by Travel Alberta. I was to seek out and capture the area’s wonder and share it in a film, a challenge I was undoubtedly going to have no problem with considering the area. Unless I forget my camera, which has happened. No, not really. Finally! I met up with another photographer, a Canadian friend who would join and guide me around the area. To start the journey we covered many miles of canola fields and prairie land, all the while getting small glimpses of how the local wildlife have adapted to live among the fields. Next was the unbelievable Rocky Mountains of the Crowsnest Pass and Waterton Provincial Park. We were limited in our discovery due to the fire season, but we still managed to get a glimpse of the beauty in this area.

After my project with Travel Alberta, I decided to hang around and try to accomplish a shot I’ve been wanting to get for a few years now. I have been after the perfect barn to shoot at night and the setting had to be just right. I was lucky and got introduced to a local who is deeply rooted in the community around southeast Alberta who wanted to show me around. We found the absolute perfect barn and the most unbelievable conditions. Following the project my local guide, Travis Nickles wrote an amazing story about the experience you can find here.

Coffee & Work:Great place in Crowsnest Pass to get coffee, recharge, and fast internet: The Cinnamon Bear

Provisions:Next door to the Cinnamon Bear is a Liquor store with great selections of beer in the back. Tell them Andy sent you...no don’t really.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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