While immersed in the awe-inspiring landscape of Banff National Park, we want you to take more than a photographed memory home with you, we want you to remember the experience for a lifetime.
Landscapes dawned in warm morning light, the native plants that grow in this extreme terrain, the smell of fresh pine, and a mouth-watering meal energized by the region’s food sources awaits you. We’ll help you wrangle the stark contrast between the sunrise-lit mountains, the not-yet-lit lakes that line their bases, and the bright yellows, oranges, and deep blues that paint the sky. Depending on your previous experience, we’ll teach you the best set-up and settings for your camera gear or geek out with you over the newest trends and techniques.
You’ll see first-hand how to create jaw-dropping images with the Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures team then indulge your inner foodie at Canmore’s newest farm to table, or as we like to call it forage to table experience at The Sensory.
Tour DetailsWe make our way to Two Jack Lake, our first location to capture the sunrise on Mount Rundle. We’ll then head over to Vermilion Lakes to capture the unique beauty of the lakes cast in early morning light. As we continue our journey along the 1A highway towards Castle Mountain, there are opportunities to see elusive wildlife that makes this area of the park a sought after scenic drive. Arriving at Castle Mountain junction, our last stop, the Bow river sweeps by with a high current of glacial waters from its source, the Bow Glacier. Castle mountain is one of our favorites to photograph. Sometimes challenging to fit the magnitude of this scene in your camera's viewfinder, its beauty can be underestimated by the casual tourist. With the photography portion of this tour completed, we make our way to the Sensory Restaurant located in the town of Canmore along the scenic Bow Valley Parkway, known for it's wildlife. This roughly 40 minute drive is a great opportunity to build up your appetite for the incredible meal to come! Our dining experience will last roughly an hour and a half. After our appetites have been satisfied with locally foraged fare, your guide will bring you back to your hotel in Canmore or Banff, depending on your tour option choice.
May 14 - October 15
(Tues | Thurs | Sat)
From $325 Per Person
up to 10 participants
Two Jack Lake
This landscape photography tour is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 (see more on this below) who has an interest in landscape photography. It doesn't matter if you have an iPhone or a $10,000 camera. This tour will get you to the right locations at the right time in order to capture the best light Banff has to offer! Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult but there are some circumstances when this is not required. Please send us a message for more info if this applies to you.
No! Our photography tours are suitable for all skill levels. This tour was created for photography enthusiasts and foodies alike! Our professional photography guides will help you get the best possible picture with whatever camera you have and with whatever level of comfort you have with the camera. A delicious bonus awaits when we end the tour with a delectable meal inspired by the locations we visit and photograph. This tour is perfect for the novice photographer!
Fortunately, Banff National Park has excellent landscape photography opportunities very close to where we will park the tour van. We don't need to hike very far from the van to get amazing landscape images!
We pick up guests from accommodations that are listed in the booking form in the Town of Banff only. If you wish to join this tour but you are staying at a campground or outside of the Town of Banff, we can offer a pickup at the Fenlands Recreation Centre. You can park there for free for the day. Please make sure you have a Banff National Park pass displayed in the window of your vehicle.
No worries! We have tripods available for you to use during the session if you wish to use one. Although we highly recommend using a tripod, it is not necessary. If you are curious about how to best use one, our photography guides can help you set up your tripod and instruct on how to best utilize one.
We want to make sure we are at our first location with enough time for you to get set up and be ready to photograph the sun rising. Sunrise is the most spectacular time to photograph in Banff and we don't want you to miss it! Speaking of start times, these ones vary depending on your chosen tour date and pick up location. You’ll find the info when you choose your day and pick up location in the booking section below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask and send us a message!
Everyone who joins Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures on a group tour must pay. Alternatively, if someone would like to join but not participate in photography, we have private guided tours where we do not charge a fee for a tag along. Please see details here
We sure do! While we recommend you have a bite to eat before your pick up, we always have hot drinks and snack bars available. This tour includes a regionally-inspired meal as our last stop, you won't go home hungry!
The Canadian Rockies is a fairly arid climate at a high altitude. Because of this, even in summer it can be quite chilly first thing in the morning. Here are some recommendations:
Dress in layers! A warm sweater is always a good idea, as well as a hat and gloves if the forecast is looking cool
Hiking shoes with sturdy sole and tread
Spring Jacket/Rain coat
We have pick up locations in Banff and Canmore. These can be seen along with pick up times in the booking section below.
Taking inspiration from the landscape that surrounds its location in Canmore, Alberta, The Sensory uses fresh foraged ingredients to truly give you a local taste of what the region has to offer. You won’t get much closer to the source than our exclusive brunch menu after your tour.
Please note that an online booking is only available over 48 hours before the tour date. If you would like to book under 48 hours to the tour date please email us at [email protected] or call between the hours of 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 1-866-411-4311.
Pick up locations: Available in Canmore and Banff.
Canmore pick up: When making a booking, please select the Canmore location after you have selected your preferred date. Pickup time for people staying in Canmore is approximately The times for pick up and return reflect an approximate time.
Banff pick up: The pick up times are different for the Banff location because we first pick everyone up from Canmore and then head to Banff to pick up our guests there. Please select the Banff option after you have selected book now below the date.
$325 / person (Canmore Pickup)
$350 / Person (Banff Pickup includes return trip to Banff)
Waiver: All participants must sign a waiver in order to participate. You can see the waiver here.
Departure times: Departures are based on sunrise time. Pickup times will be displayed after you have selected the date and pressed book now below the calendar.
How to book: Please choose a date highlighted in green and select your departure city after you have selected your date.