Where to Snap Instagram Pics of the Canadian Rockies

Where to Snap Instagram Pics of the Canadian Rockies

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Top 10 Spots in Banff National Park to Induce Instagram Envy

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Once you arrive in Banff National Park, spectacular scenery is everywhere you look. It completely envelopes you. But to Instagram it like a pro, you need to find those locations where the peaks, pines and perfection come together.  Here are our favorite 10 locations that are sure to boost you Instagram following:

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1. Sunrise over Mount Rundle

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Head to Vermilion Lakes Road to capture the early morning pink and purple tones of sunrise over this iconic peak. The best part is: sunrise is relatively late (currently at 8:40am) so there’s really no excuse…

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2. Lake Louise

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It is the most visited place in the Rockies for a reason.  Go early to snap a shot of you and the solitude.

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3. Johnston Canyon

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This easy walk, just a short drive up the Bow Valley Parkway, takes you up a canyon full of frozen icefalls.  The impressive curtains of still, turquoise-white ice are easy to capture and sure to impress.

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4. One Shot. Two provinces.

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The top of the Divide Chair at Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort offers views of Mount Assiniboine, the Matterhorn of the Rockies.  It protrudes, like a shark’s fin, out of an ocean of peaks that continues to the horizon.  Your friends at home will have a hard time believing you are at a resort and not deep into the backcountry.

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5. Banff from Above

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Helicopter rides are not permitted in the National Park so to get an impressive aerial shot just head to Mt Norquay. The ski resort, just a 5-minute drive from town, boasts the best views of Banff.  Ride to the top of the North American Chair, on either a lift ticket or reduced sightseeing fare, and snap a shot of you and the entire town, all with Mount Rundle backdrop.

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6. Shredding the Slopes of Lake Louise

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The top of the Grizzly Express Gondola at the Lake Louise Ski Resort offers one of the most breathtaking views at a resort– period. The photo of a slope of sparkling snow with the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and jagged mountains littered with glaciers as the backdrop will require a #notphotoshoped disclaimer.

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7. Bag the Aurora Borealis

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You have to get a little lucky to get a shot of this magical phenomenon but there are ways to hedge your bets; sign up for aurorawatch.ca red alerts and when you get the email, drive to any good view point away from the town’s lights…

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8. The Night Sky

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If your shot of the northern lights doesn’t pan out, capture the magic of a light-less night sky.  The Milky Way will pop and the stars will dazzle behind a silhouette of sharp peaks.

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9. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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This majestic historic stone castle is something you would expect to see more in a small European kingdom than in a National Park.

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10. A Wildlife Pic

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It is virtually impossible to visit Banff without running into a wildlife-induced traffic jam so have your camera ready and post this…

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And Another…

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Wildlife in town…

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And Another…

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Wildlife in the mountains…

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