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10 Awe Inspiring Views of the Canadian Rockies

It’s impossible to make the Canadian Rockies look anything less than majestic, but these 10 Alberta locations serve up particularly breathtaking views.

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Mountain photography - AlbertaPhoto: Francis Parker

Forestry Trunk Road

A gravel road that runs parallel to the Canadian Rockies, Alberta’s Forestry Trunk Road is a great spot to indulge in mountain photography. This shot, taken by Francis Parker of Deloraine, Manitoba, also takes advantage of the smoky air to create a haze effect.

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Lake Minnewanka, AlbertaPhoto: Rena Nixon

Lake Minnewanka

Located in the eastern part of Banff National Park, Lake Minnewanka is a staggering 21 kilometres long and 142 metres deep. The indigenous Nakoda peoples of Canada referred to Lake Minnewanka as “Lake of the Spirits,” while early Europeans called it “Devil’s Lake.” No matter what you call it, there’s no denying it provides an incredible view of the Canadian Rockies.

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Athabasca Glacier (Columbia Icefields)Photo: Mike Lane

Columbia Icefield

Lying on an elevated plateau, the Columbia Icefield is the largest of its kind in the Canadian Rockies—nearly three-quarters of the park’s highest peaks are located in the area. Check out more of Canada’s most beautiful attractions.

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Peyto Lake, AlbertaPhoto: Jean Anderson

Peyto Lake

Located north of Lake Louise in Banff National Park, this glacier-fed lake is one of the most famous sights in Alberta. During the summer months, glacial rock flour flows into the lake, which gives the water its stunning blue colour.

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Waterton Park, AlbertaPhoto: Diane Turner

Waterton Lakes National Park

Despite being the smallest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Waterton Lakes is still home to some breathtaking scenery, including the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

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Maligne Lake, AlbertaPhoto: Rebecca Bromberger

Maligne Lake

Surrounded the snow-capped Canadian Rockies and a dense forest of lodgepole pine, white birch and trembling aspen trees, the 22-kilometre long Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park is one of the best places in Alberta for mountain photography.

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Mountain photography - AlbertaPhoto: Lynn Mabley

Marmot Basin

Photographer Lynn Mabley of Hinton, Alberta, took this shot of Mount Kerkeslin from the Marmot Basin ski area in Jasper National Park. In a word? Breathtaking. Here are more photos that will make you want to pack your bags for Jasper Park Lodge.

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Lake LouisePhoto: Cat Taylor

Lake Louise

Photographer Cat Taylor of Calgary writes: “Living this close to the Rockies, it can be difficult to avoid the stereotypical views of the more common spots. Sunrise at Lake Louise is a great time to capture a different mood!”

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Cochrane, AlbertaPhoto: Russ Hayes

The Town of Cochrane

Russ Hayes of Sherbrooke, Quebec, snapped this pic of the Canadian Rockies from the vantage point of Cochrane, one of the fastest growing towns in Alberta.

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Lake Agnes, AlbertaPhoto: Jodi Wallace

Lake Agnes

This small mountain lake is one of Banff National Park’s best-kept secrets. The Little Beehive mountain is located to the east of Lake Agnes, while the top of the lake features marvelous views of the Continental Divide.

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Originally Published on ourcanada.ca