Greetings from the Canadian Rockies-Trip to Banff National Park (1)

What does the word ‘landscape’ mean to you? Snow Mountains? Lakes? Unchartered forest? As photographers’ dream wonderland, Banff National Park in Canada has them all. As my main focus is cityscape, I’ve planned to visit Italy in September. However, due to bad visa appointment reservation time slot, it came to me a good idea to check out the famous Canadian Rockies.

The trip lasted for 2 weeks in early September, 2015 covering Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Park as those three are located in the same area. Except for one night staying in hotel, we camped in different locations in this area, which was quite different life with the regular one in the world of civilization.

As part of Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is the oldest national park in Canada. It is also one of the most visited National Parks in the world. As fully developed for years, the park has all facilities you need while keep the nature untouched as much as possible. Except Columbia Icefiled, my cell phone has surprisingly excellent signal strength in most part of the park. It was a luxury that, while camping under stars with bonfire lit and surrounded by big trees, I was able to check my email, facebook…

Every campsite, large or small, popular or less-known, has fire ring. With fire license of CAD8.5 per day, you have unlimited firewood to burn. As a note, you are not allowed to bring wood from outside in order to prevent the invasion of foreign species. The wood provided by the park is from local trees


Camp under stars with bonfire

As lakes are quite common in Banff, several camp sites are located at waterfront. It was quite enjoyable to photograph sunrise and sunset with bonfire burning nearby.23631075776_bf3ebd14b9_h

Waterfowl Lake campsite morning.

This is where we stayed for the first night (first come first serve, no reservation required. GPS: 51°50’32.78″N 116°37’22.29″W)(Notes: all GPS coordinates in this post refers to the nearest parking lot.) The most popular camping sites in Banff need reservation in advance while others work in first-come-first-serve way. All sites open at 2:00p each day. As long as your arrival is not too late, you always get a nice spot. Camp site information:


Lake Moraine

GPS: 51°19’41.44″N 116°10’54.21″W

This lake is among the most famous ones in Banff and was ever printed on CAD$20 Bill. Surrounded by 10 glaciers with snow on top year round, it is the most beautiful lake we have ever seen.


Trip to God’s Land

The best vista point is located on top of the small hill beside the lake which gives you fantastic overlook guarding the blue lake together with the 10 God-like glaciers.


And the waterfront with colorful canoes is nice as well.


One selfie at work


Lake Louise

GPS: 51°24’59.25″N 116°12’50.57″W

Lake Louise is the most developed lake in the area. A hotel sits at waterfront with coffee bar and restaurant. Walkway by lake is well paved for regular tourists. Sneakers or high heels are ok to walk on. Camp site is located couple of minutes away by car. As this is the most developed area with a big number of attractions near by, at least 3 nights stay is suggested to fully enjoy the stunning view and entertainment activities in all seasons. Book in advance especially during holiday and vacation seasons.


Panorama of Lake Louise at sunset

The boat house at lake front is a well photographed location.


As the lake water comes from glacier snow and contains mineral particles, light scattering gives the lake unique emerald color.



Cypress tree forest at waterfront

Please check my second part of my travel story with more great locations at



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