Sunrise at Lake Louise, Alberta

The Canadian Rocky Mountains offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the world from towering glacier covered mountains to landscapes full of lakes, rivers, waterfalls and wildlife. It’s a photographer’s paradise; depending on the season you can see turquoise coloured lakes, the warm autumn colours of the trees or glistening blankets of snow.

The southern part of the Canadian Rockies is where most visitors spend their time, this includes Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. In any of these areas it would be difficult to find a poor location, you could randomly press the shutter button on your camera and get a beautiful scene. There are a number of classic locations to photograph, hopefully you can try to capture something a little different by putting your own creative spin on them.  Enjoy!

The mystique of the Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains stretch some 3,000 miles from British Columbia and Alberta in Canada through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and down to New Mexico in the U.S. The range offers dramatic wilderness, diverse wildlife and alpine lakes. Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is traversed by 300 miles of hiking trails and famously scenic Trail Ridge Road.

Butchart Gardens – British Columbia

The Butchart Gardens – one of Victoria’s most famous and popular attractions! Begun in 1904 as an effort to restore a worked-out quarry site, The Butchart Gardens has since been delighting visitors from all around the world. As you make your way around the gardens, you’ll walk through intimate stone paths and streams lined with colorful arrays of flowers and trees. The gardens adjusts their floral displays to suit the season so it is just as spectacular in Spring and Fall as it is in Summer.

The Butchart Gardens has been designed to please the eye and generally delight the senses. It could be the pale green of emerging leaves in spring, complemented by brilliant pink or white flowers of trees; the dazzling bedding plants framed in by sweeping lawns, with the treat to the nose of a waft of a thousand scents of summer.  Approximately 35 minutes from downtown, The Butchart Gardens features over 55 acres of meticulously manicured grounds. Blossoms, fragrances and during the summer, the Night Illuminations, ensure that this will be an experience you will not soon forget.

Quails Gate – Kelowna

Quails Gate Winery is located in the Okanagan Valley British Columbia just outside the beautiful town of Kelowna.  It is a family owned winery that began farming in the Okanagan Valley in 1908.  This year they are celebrating 25 years of wine making.  They are passionate about the uncompromising quality of their wines.  Just one of the wineries we will be visiting on this year’s trip to Canada.  quailgate.com