The Best Photography in Alberta

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

Top photography spots in and near Alberta

  • Banff, Alberta

    Dawn to Dusk in Banff National Park

    5.0
    6.8 mi
    This is a micro adventure in one of the world’s most desired National Parks. The common excuse for those who tend to skip the great outdoors is lack of time. This one day adventure is an example that you can cram a lot into a day! Dawn: Sunrise hike up to South Ridge in Banff. Start at the famous...
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  • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

    Photograph 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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  • Lake Louise, Alberta

    Hike the Plain of Six Glaciers

    4.7
    4.2 mi / 1263.1 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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  • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

    Kayak Two Jack Lake

    4.3
    Of all the lakes in the Banff area, this was one of my favorites to get out on the water. Don't expect the bright blue glacial waters of some of the other lakes in the Canadian Rockies, but the water is pristine and it was one of the few places I went where it felt like it was all locals hanging...
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  • Jasper, Alberta

    Explore Maligne Canyon

    4.8
    This canyon, although spectacular during the spring and summer as water thrashes through the canyons, should be explored in the off-season (mid-fall to late spring) to avoid masses of tourists. In addition to it being quieter, when the water levels recede, unique geological formations can be seen...
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  • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

    Trek the Valley of Ten Peaks to Eiffel Lake

    5.0
    7.1 mi / 1213.9 ft gain
    From the lake, the trail is quite easy to follow, and clearly marked with signs and maps. Follow the lakeshore west 0.1 km (300 ft), then head up the Larch Valley Trail, which switchbacks 2.3 km (1.5 miles). At the top there is an option to continue up to the Larch Valley, then Sentinel Pass, or ...
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  • Banff, Alberta

    Explore Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park

    4.8
    Vermillion Lakes is one of the best spot's in Banff to catch a sunrise or sunset depending on the season. Although it's one of the most popular locations for photographers, there are so many different areas around the lakes that you'll never feel like it's too crowded. Mount Rundle can be photogr...
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  • Clearwater County, Alberta

    Explore Crescent Falls

    3.0
    3.9 mi / 260 ft gain
    Crescent Falls may not be as well-known as some of the other attractions found in Alberta, but this waterfall is easily one of the most impressive. Crescent Falls is very easily accessible and can be found off Hwy 11, the David Thompson Highway. From the parking lot, you’ll find a well-marked tra...
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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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  • Jasper, Alberta

    Explore Sunwapta Falls

    4.6
    Located in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Sunwapta is a short drive along the Icefields Parkway to the Rocky Mountain Lodge. You can park at the lodge and take a short walk out to the falls. This stunning waterfall lunges about 18.5 meters (60 feet) to the water below.Grab your camera or phone an...
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  • Jasper, Alberta

    Explore Athabasca Falls

    4.2
    0.6 mi
    Athabasca Falls is not the biggest waterfall in the area but it is one of the most powerful when it's at a full flow and attracts many visitors in the peak visiting months (late spring - early fall). In the winter, however, it's a quiet place to pull off of the Icefields Parkway and explore a bit...
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  • Edgewater, Alberta

    Backpack Mount Assiniboine: Sunshine Village to Mount Shark

    5.0
    34.6 mi / 3494.1 ft gain
    This trek specifically covers the distance from Sunshine Village to Mount Shark. You will need a car at Mt. Shark, as there are no shuttles from that location to Canomre or any local areas. Otherwise, you can try to hitch a ride back – your best bet is to talk with some locals or visit the Canmor...
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  • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

    Watch the Sunrise at Bow Lake, Banff NP

    5.0
    Make sure check the sunrise time and to try to arrive 30 minutes to an hour before. If you're driving north or south along the Icefields Parkway, you'll see a sign for Bow Lake, it's about 38km north of Lake Louise. There are two pull-offs for the lake, if you're heading north take the second roa...
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  • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

    Drive the Icefields Parkway

    5.0
    Starting at Lake Louise, a friend and I decided to drive up the Icefields Parkway which goes through Banff National Park into Jasper National Park. All along the parkway are pull offs and short hikes that lead to extraordinary views of lakes such as Herbert Lake, Hector Lake, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake...
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  • Jasper, Alberta

    Swim at Jasper National Park's Horseshoe Lake

    5.0
    0.9 mi
    Best explored on a sunny summer day, this horseshoe shaped lake has crystal clear water that is green turquoise in colour and is surrounded by cliffs. This is a very popular cliff jumping location with the highest jump point said to be at 80 feet. An easy 1.5 km trail brings you from one side of...
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  • Improvement District No. 12, Alberta

    Camp at Maligne Lake

    4.0
    Maligne Lake is one of those crystal clear unforgettable places Canada has to offer. It is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies. Located in Jasper National Park, Maligne lake offers great fishing, kayaking, canoeing and boat tours.Spend the day around Maligne Lodge or camp at one of t...
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