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After the Rain: Gorgeous Rainbow Photography From Across Canada

The best part of a thunderstorm? The chance of a spectacular rainbow after it passes! Check out this awe-inspiring gallery of rainbow photography.

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Rainbow photography - Silverdale Creek Wetlands rainbowPhoto: Alexandra Fontaine

Natural wonder

Rainbow photography is all about being in the right place at the right time—a fact Alexandra Fontaine knows well, having snapped this stunning shot in her hometown of Mission, B.C.. “The rain stopped, the sun broke through, and this beauty appeared over the golden grasses of the Silverdale Creek Wetlands,” she writes.

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Rainbow photography - cloud iridescencePhoto: Russ Hayes

Living skies

This beautiful effect—known as “cloud iridescence“—was caught on camera by Russ Hayes as he was driving the Lac Des Nations Pathway, in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Thanks for sharing, Russ!

Don’t miss Russ’s love letter to Sherbrooke, Quebec.

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Rainbow photography - southern Alberta prairies rainbowPhoto: Kim MacDonald Cameron

Home on the range

“Storm clouds bring rain, and rain brings the rainbows,” writes Kim MacDonald Cameron, who took this fantastic photo on her farm in Southern Alberta. It’s enough to make even the most hardened city slicker yearn for a slice of the countryside…

You’ll find more of Kim’s stunning snaps in this gallery of hauntingly beautiful photography across Canada.

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Best rainbow photography - shasta daisies and rainbowPhoto: Paula Brown

Aim high

Paula Brown’s shasta daisies seem to be reaching for the rainbow in this striking low-angle shot. Check out more of Paula’s gorgeous photography in this gallery of Canadian history on camera.

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Rainbow photography - rainbow between two branchesPhoto: Sean Donnelly

Branching out

Framed by a gnarled branch, and softened with an artistic depth of field, this rainbow remains the focus of Sean Donnelly’s spectacular shot.

Take a virtual tour of Canada’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders.

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Rainbow photography - Prince George, B.C. rainbowPhoto: Tammy Bouwman

After the storm

On June 6, 2020, a storm swept through Prince George, B.C., and Tammy Bouwman was there to capture its glorious aftermath. You can almost smell the rain on the hot pavement!

Don’t miss this roundup of wild weather photography from across Canada.

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Rainbow photography - boat spray rainbowPhoto: Lynn Mabley

Making a splash

Sometimes the best show on the boat isn’t at the bow, but at the stern! That’s where shutterbug Lynn Mabley of Hinton, Alberta, snapped this pretty picture.

Check out more of your best “making a splash” photography.

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Rainbow photography - ferry in Duke Point, B.C.Photo: Annie Keeble

Enchanted ferry

Ever wondered what you’d find at the end of the rainbow? Photographer Annie Keeble of Nanaimo knows—she caught it striking the B.C. Ferry leaving Duke Point!

Marvel at more extraordinary weather events captured on camera.

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Rainbow photography - treetops in WinnipegPhoto: Douglas DeClercq

Somewhere under the rainbow

Douglas DeClercq of Winnipeg snapped this rainbow just touching the treetops. Even the sky seems kissed with its soft colours!

Planning a trip to Manitoba’s capital? Here are 50 great things to do in Winnipeg.

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Rainbow photography in Jasper National ParkPhoto: Dorothy Bartel

That’s one low ‘bow

Just how massive are the Canadian Rockies? The curious position of this rainbow in Jasper National Park really puts the height of the mountains into perspective! This remarkable phenomenon was captured by Dorothy Bartel of Saskatoon.

Check out more incredible photography from Jasper Park Lodge.

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Rainbow photography - wake boarding and boat rainbowPhoto: Wendy Erlendson

Summer in a nutshell

Open lake? Check. Wake board? Check. Throw in a crisp, colourful rainbow, and you’ve got the consummate summer shot. Thanks to Wendy Erlendson of Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba, for sharing this shot.

Check out more of your best “at the cottage” photography.

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Grande Prairie Stompede rainbow photographyPhoto: Pamela Wilcox

Light show


Pamela Wilcox captured this beautiful rainbow at the Grande Prairie Stompede back in May 2019. “The lights of the rides and the beauty of the rainbow make this really eye-catching,” she writes.

Never heard of the Grande Prairie Stompede? Check out 12 more hidden gems across Canada.

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Rainbow photography - cloud rainbowPhoto: Dan Wever

Calm after the storm

“I shot this very rare ‘cloud rainbow’ as a distant rain storm passed over Grande Prairie,” writes photographer Dan Wever. The colours actually seem to be woven into the wisps of the cloud… Breathtaking!

Discover six bizarre things that happen when it’s about to storm.

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Rainbow photography - Maid of the Mist at Niagara FallsPhoto: Norma Keith

Postcard perfect

Although the Maid of the Mist has been retired from duty, it remains synonymous with Niagara Falls, having delighted generations of visitors with unparalleled views of this natural wonder. Norma Keith snapped this fantastic photo—complete with postcard-perfect rainbow—during the venerable ship’s heyday.

Check out more of Canada’s most beautiful waterfalls.

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Rainbow photography - double rainbow at Wood LakePhoto: Vivian Gouliquer

Seeing double

Sometimes you’ve just got to switch your camera to “panoramic” mode. Vivian Gouliquer of Lake Country, B.C., used the horizontal crop to spectacular effect in capturing this double rainbow.

For more awe-inspiring natural wonders, dip into this collection of amazing northern lights photography.

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Best rainbow photography - spider web rainbow in white flowerPhoto: Russ Hayes

Macro rainbow

Master of macro photography Russ Hayes captured the full spectrum of colour in these filaments of a spider’s web. Proof—if any be needed—that it’s always a good idea to stop and smell the flowers!

Check out more of Russ’s incredible macro photography here.

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Rainbow across open fieldPhoto: Sharon Peters

Pretty in pink

Sharon Peters of Three Hills, Alberta, says, “One evening last summer, I noticed this beautiful sunset and rainbow out my window. I grabbed my camera and headed to the edge of town to snap this photo.” We’re glad you did, Sharon. What a shot!

Check out more of Sharon’s snaps in this gallery of funny photos that will make you laugh out loud!

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Rainbow photography at football gamePhoto: Wanda Harron

A good luck omen

Wanda Harron of Estevan, Saskatchewan, says, ”Years ago, after just purchasing a camera, I was anxious to try it out at a Saskatchewan Roughriders game. The game was delayed due to a thunderstorm that later produced this beautiful double rainbow just beyond Taylor Field in Regina. I dubbed the photo ‘God must love the Riders!’”

Take a look at these amazing “firsts” caught on camera.

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Rainbow across St. Lawrence RiverPhoto: Will Nalley

A heavenly plea

Will Nalley of Ottawa writes, ”I captured this shot on the mighty St. Lawrence River last spring. My brother Omar seems to be asking the Heavens to provide a bounty of topwater fish action!”

Read the haunting story of the lost villages of the St. Lawrence River.

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Rainbow in Olds College, AlbertaPhoto: Veronica Reist

Western skies

“I was visiting the horses at Olds College here in town, which has an equine horse program for students,” shares Veronica Reist of Olds, Alberta. ”A rainstorm was passing through, so I snapped a photo.”

Find out what it’s like photographing the wild horses of Alberta.

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Rainbow over hay farm in AlbertaPhoto: Susan Riley

A stunning view

Susan Riley of Medicine Hat, Alberta, writes, “My husband Kevin and I were driving to Coronation, Alberta, to visit family, when I spotted this rainbow. It had the most vibrant colours I’d ever seen; I had to stop and snap a pic.”

Don’t miss this beautiful homage to harvest in the Canadian heartland.

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Rainbow in northern Cape BretonPhoto: Brenda MacDonald

On her doorstep

Brenda MacDonald of St. Joseph du Moine, Nova Scotia, says, ”This pic was taken from my front lawn one summer, right here in northern Cape Breton.”

Check out more of your best “in the backyard” photography.

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Rainbow at Lake Riley in Gravenhurst, OntarioPhoto: Marilyn Kingsley

Unbroken arc

Marilyn Kingsley of Garson, Ontario, sent along this great shot that she captured on Lake Riley in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Pictured are Marilyn’s nephew Deegan (left) and daughter Maddison.

Don’t miss this roundup of crazy and colourful facts about rainbows.

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Rainbow photography - Canadian Parliament buildings in Ottawa with rainbowPhoto: Paula Brown

O Canada!

“After stormy weather on Parliament Hill, we were treated to a spectacular rainbow,” writes Paula Brown, who snapped this jaw-dropping shot in our nation’s capital.

Planning a visit to the area soon? Add these great day trips from Ottawa to your itinerary.

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Best rainbow photography - Kananaskis Highway rainbowPhoto: Heidi Sanita

Hit the road

Looking for road trip inspiration? If Heidi Sanita’s incredible photo is anything to go by, the Kananaskis Highway is worth adding to your bucket list.

Check out more great Canadian road trips.

Originally Published on ourcanada.ca