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  • Banff, Alberta

    Looking for the best photography in Banff? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Banff. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

    Top Photography Spots in and near Banff

    • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

      Moraine Lake

      4.8
      Showing up at Moraine Lake before dawn is a must as to avoid the multitude of tours busses. The morning sun is subtle and magical. The lake, being glacially fed, does not reach its crest until mid to late June. When it is full, it reflects a distinct shade of blue. The color is due to the refract...
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    • Kananaskis, Alberta

      Exploring Burstall Pass

      5.0
      Head to the northwest corner of the parking lot to find the trail. For the first 5.5 km the trail is quite easy, with only modest elevation increase. At 5.5 km you will arrive at what is known as the gravel flats. Depending on the time of year the gravel flats can be either quite dry or a wide, s...
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    • Kananaskis, Alberta

      Hiking Burstall Pass

      5.0
      9.3 mi / 1542 ft gain
      The trail begins along the berm beside Mud Lake. After a rather uninspiring 3 km (you can mountain bike this part) the trail narrows and enters trees where tangled roots twist across the path and you breathe in the smells of damp earth and moss.Ten minutes later the trail spits you across a spl...
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    • Kananaskis, Alberta

      Backpack the Fortress Cirque

      5.0
      12.19 mi / 3507 ft gain
      No better way to watch the stars with friends than huddled up in your sleeping bag on top of a 3000m summit. This describes the bivy at The Fortress. Starting at the Chester Lake Trailhead, take the unmarked trail on the right side of the parking lot. These winter cross-country ski trails take y...
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    • Kananaskis, Alberta

      Hike from Headwall Lakes to Chester Lake

      5.0
      10.6 mi / 2650.9 ft gain
      The hike starts at the Chester Lake trailhead along the Smith Dorian road in Kananaskis. The first few kilometers follow the old logging roads, now used as cross country skiing trails. Find the beginning of the trail at the upper right end of the parking lot, and continue to follow parallel to t...
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    • Kananaskis, Alberta

      Scramble the Fortress

      Have you ever done a hike where you just don't want the day to end? Scramble the Fortress and you'll know the feeling. The thing that drew me to the Fortress was its summit elevation of 3000 masl, as well as its blocky, fortress-like profile when viewed from the north. It's so much more than that...
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    • Lake Louise, Alberta

      Plain of Six Glaciers

      4.6
      8.96 mi / 1565 ft gain
      Starting from the parking lot on the east end of Lake Louise, there are a few options you can take to get to the Plain of Six Glaciers. One is to head directly along the lakeshore trail, and in about 7 km (4.2 miles) you will be at the lookout offering the best vantage point of the glacier field....
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    • Lake Louise, Alberta

      Hike Fairview Mountain

      7.1 mi / 3280.8 ft gain
      Fairview Mountain is a non-technical objective alpine summit located on the south side of Lake Louise. It's trailhead is accessed from the Lake Louise parking lot. The trail is well established and well marked throughout. You can expect a distance of about 11km return and elevation gain of 1000m,...
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    • Lake Louise, Alberta

      Hike to the Lake Louise Overlook

      5.0
      2 mi / 500 ft gain
      This is a fairly steep, short hike that gives you a great view of Lake Louise. The hike begins right behind the canoe rental shop on the South side of the lake. The trail is very easy to follow and there are quite a few people that hike it. The hike is an hour and half round trip.  The hike leads...
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    • Kananaskis, Alberta

      Hike Opal Ridge's South Summit

      5.0
      Opal Ridge is located on the East side of highway 40 in Kananaskis.The trailhead starts at Fortress Gas Station. Park at the North end of the parking lot. The trailhead is easy to spot from here. Follow the creek a couple hundred meters till you reach an open area with power lines. Turn left. Con...
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    • Lake Louise, Alberta

      Hike to Big Beehive

      5.0
      6.2 mi / 1710 ft gain
      The hike to Big Beehive begins at the base of Lake Louise. From the parking lot, hike along the paved trail on the northeastern shore of Lake Louise.  The Fairmont Chateau Hotel will be to your right with the lake to your left.  Continue toward the junction for the Lake Agnes Trail.  Keep right t...
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    • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

      Devil's Thumb Scramble

      7.09 mi / 2575 ft gain
      Park in the visitor parking lot at the Chateau Lake Louise parking lot in time for sunrise at Lake Louise...not to be missed! Then follow the pathway to the right around the lake to the Lake Agnes turnoff (well marked, with a small bronze statue at the intersection.) The waterfall is just befor...
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    • Lake Louise, Alberta

      Hike to the Devils Thumb

      5.0
      Park in the main Lake Louise parking lot. Be sure to have purchased your Park Pass. These can be purchased as you enter Banff National Park, or at the Banff and Lake Louise Information Centers. Follow the paved path along the lake shore in front of the Hotel, Chateau Lake Louise. At 0.8 km you wi...
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    • Lake Louise, Alberta

      Exploring Lake Louise

      4.6
      Lake Louise is one of the most photographed lakes in Canada, with reason. Many tourist walk the paved path round and head home. They miss out though. Hiking to the various tea houses surrounding the lake is a must. An easy 2 mile hike from the lake lies a tea house perched on a hill in a tight ci...
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    • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

      Scramble up Mount Niblock

      5.0
      9.3 mi / 4068.2 ft gain
      Thousands of tourists flock to Lake Louise and Lake Agnes every year (maybe even every month) and by scrambling Mount Niblock you'll see the same magnificent sites while leaving the crowd behind and seeing so much more!Mount Niblock offers a bit of a challenge in that there are some rock ribs tha...
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    • Kananaskis, Alberta

      Snowshoe the Kent Ridge North Outlier

      3.7 mi / 2395 ft gain
      Attempt this in a winter with some great snowfall and you might be able to get some great shots of the beautiful cornices that form on the ridge.The trailhead is at the north end of the Sawmill Parking lot right by the outhouses. It heads past a metal gate to a maze of old logging roads. The prop...
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