Travels

Beautiful Places In The Canadian Rockies

October 3, 2017
Emerald Lake
The Canadian Rockies span between BC and Alberta with incredible sights that made me constantly “ooh and ahh”

Lakes that shine bright emerald and turquoise with enormous snow-capped mountains in the background. Tall trees blanket valleys and the occasional evidence of where avalanches occur during the Winter are present.

Make sure you have your camera ready, all of your Canadian landscape Instagram worthy photos are right here.

The sights below are located in the national parks Banff, Jasper, and Yoho. Here you will find some of the most beautiful places to see in the Canadian Rockies.

Athabasca Falls

Location: Jasper National Park

An extremely powerful and striking waterfall in the Canadian Rockies.

A short walk from the parking lot will take you to several safe look-out points, to this beautiful view. There is a paved trail that leads you up to a road. Look both ways before crossing!

There is a paved trail that leads you up to a road. Look both ways before crossing! You will see where the waterfall feeds into.

Canadian Rockies - Athabasca FallsCanadian Rockies - Athabasca Falls

Lake Louise

Location: Banff National Park

Lake Louise was originally called Lake of Little Fishes, then named after the 4th daughter of Queen Victoria, Louise.

It is incredibly crowded at Lake Louise. It looks like no one will ever move for you to take your photo. That may be true. Luckily the view is very much the same at any spot on the lake. Bring your tripod and set the interval timer on your camera. This way, you can take as many photos as you need to get the perfect one. That’s how these photos below were taken.

You can canoe at Lake Louise, per canoe, it is $105 plus tax per hour and $95 plus tax per half hour.

CANOEING ON LAKE LOUISE

An alternative lake to canoe at is Emerald Lake, and it’s just as beautiful and slightly cheaper.

Canadian Rockies - Lake Louise

Emerald Lake

Location: Yoho National Park

For $60/hour you can spend time taking photos and canoeing around this beautiful lake.

Summer Rental Rates at Emerald Sports & Gifts

Canadian Rockies - Emerald Lake

Peyto Lake

Location: Icefields Parkway

It is a short walk to the lookout point. From there, everyone jumps the wooden fence to the rocks that oversee the lake.
While there is room to move around, exercise caution. It is very clear where the drop-off is.

Canadian Rockies - Peyto Lake

Moraine Lake

Location: Banff National Park

To get to the lookout point of this glacially fed lake, follow Consolation Lakes path.

Traverse up a few stairs, it will get your heart rate going, and before it gets too painful you will be up at the viewpoint!

The reason why the glacier filled lakes are so blue is that rock flour that is created when the glacier grinds against the rock beneath it. When the glacier melts it carries the rock flour into the lakes. It’s so fine that they are suspended in the water, refracting blue and green wavelengths of light.

Canadian Rockies - Moraine Lake

Columbia Icefields

Location: Northwestern tip of Banff National Park and partly in the southern end of Jasper National Park

If you have an opportunity to take a tour of the Columbia Icefields I highly recommend it!
Aside from the novelty of being on an icefield. If you go at the right time, when the glacier is melting you can get fresh drinking glacier water!

From the information center, you take a two-minute bus ride to the snow coach.
The snow coach is a bus with very big tires that will take you onto the icefield.
There is a designated safety zone after exiting the snow coach where you can take your photos.
During the short ride up to the icefield, there is time for questions and educational commentary, it’s very interesting!

Canadian Rockies - Columbia IcefieldsColumbia Icefield - Canadian Rockies

I haven’t seen everything in the Canadian Rockies and would love to know what other beautiful places there are!

Let me know about them in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Michelle

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  • C October 3, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I have always wanted to visit the Rocky Mountains. Great photos!

    • MichelleN October 4, 2017 at 6:20 am

      It’s so beautiful! A must see if you ever visit Canada 🙂

  • Laura October 12, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    My mom went to Banff National Park without me while I was in high school and I’ve wanted to go there since. This post just gave me even more motivation!

    • MichelleN October 12, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Its so lovely there! Im sure she had a blast, you should convince her to do a family trip next time. So glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  • Prae October 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Wow! This is amazing! Your blog is so inspired for travelling~ I really want to visit all these places one day.

    • MichelleN October 12, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      I really appreciate the kind words! The Canadian Rockies are so beautiful! A must see if you are in that part of Canada 🙂

  • Eva October 12, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    This is such a big dream of my boyfriend’s. Hope to be able to take him there one day! As a aphotographer I would love to go myself, those lakes are stunning. And so are your photos!

    • MichelleN October 13, 2017 at 8:30 am

      I’m positive you both will have a great time when you go. I really appreciate the kind words and from a photographer too! 🙂

  • Vivian October 12, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Wow, these pictures are amazing! I really want to explore more of Canada. It’s so close and so diverse.

    • MichelleN October 13, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Thank you so much, Vivian! Canada really is so pretty, gotta see more of it!

  • Kylie October 12, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Oh so beautiful!! I went many years ago and this reminds me I should put it on my to-do list with my kids. Plus I have family in Athabasca!
    🙂 xk

    • MichelleN October 13, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Kylie, I wish I had family in Athabasca! Haha, definitely a family-friendly spot, your kids will enjoy!

  • Nadia October 13, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Your photos are so beautiful!

    • MichelleN October 13, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Thank you Nadia!

  • Melody October 24, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Michelle!
    Finally remembered that I can click on your name on the comment you left me and see your blog. I LOVE IT!
    I love reading it and your pictures are amazing. I can’t believe I’ve been living in Canada for 5 years and never been there, can’t wait.

    Much love Xo
    Mel

    • MichelleN October 25, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Hi Mel, Thanks for the kind words! I totally know how you feel, I have lived in Canada all my life and only now did I go, you will have so much fun when you do!