Photo essay: The Canadian Rockies are blowing my mind

My friend Adam and I joked about how the Rockies are exhausting — not because of all the physical activity, but because you’re constantly in awe and shock every time you turn a corner. You roll down the car windows and stick your camera out and scream, “LOOK AT THAT MOUNTAIN ERMAGHERD!!!” It’ll happen five times in ten minutes and you’ll want to crawl into bed and sleep for years.

I spent a fair bit of time here last summer, but the Rockies never get old. I know I say “I could live here a lot” about many places, but there are a handful of Canadian places where I can truly see myself settling into: Newfoundland, Montreal, and the Banff/Calgary area.

Here’s why.

It's really hard to get sick of Lake Louise, even when it's crawling with tourists

A perfect reflection on Lake Louise

The autumn colours makes this feel so very Canadian.

Lake Moraine, my favourite

Another favourite shot, from Instagram. Brings all the colours of the mountains to life.

The view from the helicopter in Kananaskis County

  • Red Hunt

    Lovely shots…! Amazingly I have not been to Lake Louise / Banff yet…nor most of Alberta. Probably highest on my Canada ‘bucket list’!

  • Candice Walsh

    Gasp! Get out there! I want to be here forever

  • Jeff Bartlett

    I couldn’t agree more with the title, I am never leaving! I first saw the Rockies in 1999. I moved to Banff in 2002. I moved away in 2003. I got engaged in Jasper in 2008 and just moved to Jasper, again, in 2011. Seems like I cannot get too far away!

  • Jordan Oram

    Wonderful photos of a beautiful area Candice! :D I definitely look forward to passing through the rockies again :)

  • Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

    These photos are amazing. I love the Rockies. The Canadian ones, the Montana ones, the Wyoming ones and the Colorado ones.

  • Marsha

    ERMAGHERD look at those mountains! Lawd, I feel faint. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who gets exhausted by gorgeous scenery. I nearly had a mental breakdown after driving along the northern California/southern Oregon coasts–so overwhelmed that I decided to drive up the Interstate instead cuz I couldn’t take anymore. Gorgeous photos, Candice. Brava!

  • Steve Whitty

    Great photos and inspiring images. Has to be a place to visit.

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  • Maggie BB

    Absolutely mind blowing. I don’t think I’d get anything done. I’d just be to busy staring and being amazed. It would take me eons to get anywhere.

  • Chrystal-Clear

    *drools* It is SO beautiful. I love Canada. Really. Its so Great. And what INCREDIBLE photos! Great job of capturing the serenity of the region!

  • Alouise

    These are beautiful photos. That one of Lake Morraine looks like it could be in National Geographic.

  • Candice Walsh

    Aww, thanks Alouise! I’ll be in your domain on Friday…not sure if I have a lot of time, but if I do, we should meet up!

  • Candice Walsh

    Thank you kindly! I love it here

  • Candice Walsh

    Yup, story of my LIFE! How can you stay inside when there’s THIS outside?!

  • Candice Walsh

    Get out there!

  • Candice Walsh

    LOL! That’s hilarious! I’d totally do the same thing

  • Candice Walsh

    The Rockies…ROCK?

  • Candice Walsh

    It’s not too shabby out there, eh?

  • Candice Walsh

    Amazing. Think I’m starting to feel that same pull. It’s hard to resist!

  • JoAnna

    Wow! I love the Colorado Rockies, but I had no idea the Canadian Rockies were such stunners as well. I love the colors!

  • Natalie T.

    You have always wanted to make me go to Lake Moraine! On my list.

  • Ayngelina

    Incredible photos Candice. I have always put off the Rockies because I’m not much of a hiker but I need to get there soon!

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  • Lorenzo Gonzalez

    Wow, amazing landscape indeed.

  • jouljet

    Gorgeous! And you are so right – those views are exhausting! Overload!!!!

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  • Candice Walsh

    Thanks Ayngelina, means a lot coming from a fab photographer like you!

  • Candice Walsh

    GO go go!

  • Candice Walsh

    Put it on your bucket list now!

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  • Rachel MacNeil

    Incredible! Pictures like those are pretty much the main reason I’m seriously considering the Calgary area over Halifax! Decisions decisions… :)

  • Ordinary Traveler

    These photos are gorgeous! I’m trying to plan a trip there in spring 2013. What month do you suggest to see lots of flowers?