Top 10 Spots in Banff National Park to Induce Instagram Envy
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:
1. Sunrise over Mount Rundle
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…
2. Lake Louise
It is the most visited place in the Rockies for a reason. Go early to snap a shot of you and the solitude.
3. Johnston Canyon
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.
4. One Shot. Two provinces.
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.
5. Banff from Above
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.
6. Shredding the Slopes of Lake Louise
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.
7. Bag the Aurora Borealis
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…
8. The Night Sky
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.
9. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
This majestic historic stone castle is something you would expect to see more in a small European kingdom than in a National Park.