A Photographic Journey Through the Canadian Rockies

In June 2017, my wife and I took advantage of Canada's Discovery Pass and visited four national parks in the Canadian Rockies while they were free. We hiked miles and miles through the mountains and forests to beautiful lakes and amazing vistas that give a literal meaning to the age old expression of taking your breath away.

It's been a long, cold winter and this is about the time when major wanderlust starts setting in. Here's a photographic journey of some of my favorite spots in Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks to perhaps inspire your next adventure, or at the very least, feed the extremely contagious wanderlust bug :)

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View of Moraine Lake from the Rock Pile.
One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.
Hiking through Larch Valley, surrounded by the ten majestic peaks far above Moraine Lake

Sun setting on this beautiful mountain stream heading down
from Larch Valley towards Moraine Lake

Hiking along Lake Louise in Banff National Park
when an amazing hole in the clouds opened directly above the lake. 
Morant's Curve, just outside of Lake Louise

Doing some extremely primitive hiking in Sunshine Meadows, part of Banff National Park
Off the trail in Johnston Canyon

Upper Falls in Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park

Hiking through an avalanche field
on the Plane of Six Glaciers trail.

The Plane of Six Glaciers tea house. A couple miles up in to the mountains.
Great food and hot tea was a welcome sight and a much needed break. There was just something cool about eating here in this incredible remote location

On the way to Consolation Lake in Banff.
Surrounded by pristine majestic scenery in all directions. 
A viewpoint far above Peyto Lake.
One of the many stops on the Icefield Parkway

Near Cirque Lake and miles away from civilization

The Valley of the Five Lakes. A simply stunning hike in Jasper National Park

Spirit Island on Jasper's Maligne Lake.
One of the most photographed places in all of Canada.

Athabasca Falls, Jasper NP

This little slot canyon was formed where the river once rushed through and molded the rocks. 

A glacially fed river. This viewpoint was a few minutes hike from Athabasca Falls

Valley of the Five Lakes, minutes after a thunderstorm rolled through

The red chairs are placed in some of the most scenic places in the national parks.
It's always a treat discovering them!

Huge bull elk outside of Jasper just feet off the road.

Hiking up to Wilcox Pass. Nice viewpoint of the Athabasca Glacier

It's like another world. 

View from Wilcox Pass

Getting up close and personal with the local wildlife in Jasper.
This is right by Medicine Lake

Mount Robson Provincial Park.
This is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and a stunning day trip from Jasper

At the trail head below Mount Robson

Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park

Amazing colors in Kootenay's Marble Canyon

Remnants of a major forest fire in Kootenay National Park

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park

Emerald Lake with a peak of blue sky

If it were up to my, these chairs would have been facing the epic Takakkaw Falls

Hiking towards the base of Takakkaw Falls

Just below Takakkaw Falls in Yoho

Sunset from the Yoho Valley Road

The Natural Bridge in Yoho National Park

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