Outbound Collective logo

Photographing Northern Lights in Banff National Park

Improvement District No. 9, Alberta


Added by Sassy Resuello

When you're in Alberta, there's a huge chance that you may see the Northern Lights, especially when it's active. The best photo spots for this light show would be in Banff National Park.

The Northern Lights come and go so quickly, so before heading out to chase them, be sure to research if they will be active that night. A very active storm would me that it will be easy to see the Northern Lights in the southern part of Alberta.

Lake Minnewanka is one of the best spots to take photos of this phenomenon because the position of the mountain is facing north. Leave late at night, around 11pm, and simply drive up to the lake and park on the side of the road. Then you can set up your tripod outside and continue to wait inside the car until you see the lights. It may sometimes take a few minutes to a few hours of waiting, so be sure you have everything you need (food, pillows, blankets).

Take shots every now and then. Sometimes the camera's lens can pick up colors of the night sky which tend to be invisible to the naked eye.

Read More

Download the Outbound mobile app

Find adventures and camping on the go, share photos, use GPX tracks, and download maps for offline use.

Get the app


Easy Parking


Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


Explore Lake Minnewanka

Explore Bankhead Ghost Town

Hike to the Hermit of Inglismaldie

Snowshoe to Johnson Lake

Kayak Two Jack Lake

Take in the View at the Mount Norquay Green Spot