BANFF AT FIRST LIGHT 

landscape photography tour

Learn how to Capture the breathtaking wonder of Banff at sunrise

Price

$225 / Adult

$100 Children (13 and under)

10% discount two or more adults

Length

4 Hours

Dates

Mondays & Wednesdays

May 15 - October 16

Pickup

Pick up times are based on sunrise times and pickup location. Times will show when making a booking.

Tour pickup locations

Banff & Canmore

Included

Use of - 

Tripods

Camera Filters

Hot drinks

snacks

Price

$225 / Adult

$100 Children (13 and under)

10% discount two or more adults

Length

4 Hours

Dates

Fridays and Sundays May 15 to October 14

Pickup

Pick up times are based on sunrise times and pickup location. Times will show when making a booking.

Tour pickup locations

Banff & Canmore

Locations

Moraine Lake

Herbert Lake

Morant's Curve

Included

Use of - 

Tripods

Camera Filters

Hot drinks

snacks

Introduction

It’s early morning, the sky is in pure darkness, and you’re surrounded by stillness. You are out on-location, alongside your local photographer guide, to shoot one of nature’s greatest shows: the sunrise in Banff National Park.

Before Banff stirs and the day begins, your camera gear is set-up and ready-to-go. You’re waiting for it to begin, armed with the knowledge of how to best capture the variegated hues of the sunrise. You’re taking in the feeling of wonder and wilderness of the park – the feeling of tranquility that only comes from a place this isolated from the outside world. This is where light and landscapes converge, and you’re ready to capture it in all its glory.

Tour Description

Learn how to photograph the Canadian Rockies while creating professional-level photos of the majestic Banff sunrise. Focus in as the first light of morning casts it’s warm glow on Mount Rundle from Two Jack Lake and Vermilion Lakes. The tour will then head to one or two more locations (Norquay Meadows, Surprise Corner, Cascade Meadows, Cascade Ponds and/or Lake Minnewanka) depending on time and light conditions. Your guide’s know-how and extensive experience in the Park will show you the way, giving you absolute peace of mind that you’re at the very best location and primed to get the photo result you’re striving for. All this, while taking in your serene surroundings - making a memorable experience for any photographer. Check out the rest of our Banff & Canadian Rockies Photography Tours and please get in touch if you have any questions for us whatsoever. 

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Tour Description

Learn how to photograph the Canadian Rockies while creating professional-level photos of the majestic Banff sunrise. Focus in as the first light of morning casts it’s warm glow on Mount Rundle from Two Jack Lake and Vermilion Lakes. The tour will then head to one or two more locations (Norquay Meadows, Surprise Corner, Cascade Meadows, Cascade Ponds and/or Lake Minnewanka) depending on time and light conditions. Your guide’s know-how and extensive experience in the Park will show you the way, giving you absolute peace of mind that you’re at the very best location and primed to get the photo result you’re striving for. All this, while taking in your serene surroundings - making a memorable experience for any photographer. Check out the rest of our Banff & Canadian Rockies Photography Tours and please get in touch if you have any questions for us whatsoever. 

Main Locations We Visit

Two Jack Lake Banff At First Light Sunrise

Two Jack Lake

​Two Jack Lake is our first stop and arguably the best place in Banff National Park to photograph sunrise. With its towering Ten Peaks that hug the shoreline of the turquoise blue glacial waters of the lake, this place is quintessential Canadian Rockies.

The drive to Moraine is about 1.5 hours from Canmore, 1 hour from Banff and 30 minutes from Lake Louise. Upon arrival to the Moraine Lake parking lot, your guide(s) will give you a quick run down on camera settings and get everyone set up with tripods and a hot drink. Your guide(s) will then lead you up to the Moraine to get set up with a perfect composition for sunrise. 

Vermilion Lakes Sunrise Banff Landscape Photography Tours

Vermilion Lakes

Typically Vermilion Lakes will be your next location after Two Jack Lake. Vermilion Lakes is located on the outskirts of the Town of Banff.  is one of the most visually and biodiverse areas in Banff National Park. The lakes are dominated by the visually impressive Mt Rundle that towers over the town east of the lakes, this area makes for fantastic early morning landscape images with cattails and winding creeks in the foreground, making for interesting compositions.

Tour Image Gallery

The images in this gallery were either captured by guests of Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures or staff during a photography tour or workshop.

Answers To Common Questions

Answers To Common Questions

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Testimonial

Best photography experience!

Max was an amazing guide and took us to some excellent venues; his tips were so valuable and were very helpful! We went to many different spots around Banff even after sunrise and spotted a few mountain goats as well! This was a trip highlight for me! So worth the time and money!!

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