Our first ever magazine cover contest was a smashing success! We received an incredible 239 submissions from 29 photographers. After we chose our cover (and our Last Look on the final page by Bryce Brown –see below), we reached out to everyone who submitted to the contest and asked if they would allow us to showcase some of their work. Read on to see a few of our favourite entries and you’ll understand just how hard our selection for the cover photo really was!
Of course this list only scratches the surface of the work of these photographers and all of the incredible photography here in the Canadian Rockies. If you are dying to see more mountains, sunsets, skies and wildlife (who isn’t?) we’ve got you covered online (@whererockies)!
Thank you to everyone who submitted and keep an eye out for future contests!
By Kaitlyn Forde
Don’t have a bucket list for summer in the Canadian Rockies? Borrow ours!
1: Reach new heights: Ride Banff Gondola, Mount Norquay Chairlift, Lake Louise Gondola and Jasper Skytram for easy access to unbeatable views.
2. Snap a selfie at an iconic lake: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Bow Lake and Maligne Lake.
Time to update your profile photo with a glacier-blue background. Photo by Travel Alberta
Feb. 4, 2016
By Afton Aikens & John Strugnell
Jasper National Park with its vast wilderness is a winter enthusiast’s paradise.
1. Explore by Snowshoe
Five Jasper trails are newly designated for snowshoeing and fat tire biking. “Snowshoeing is an affordable sport that allows trail users of all abilities to connect to the park,” says Joseph Zebrowski of Parks Canada. Find maps at the Information Centre; rental shops and tours are listed in our activities directory.
Photo: Mount Norquay’s North American Chairlift
By Afton Aikens & Olivia Grecu
These gondola and chairlift rides promise peak rewards for little effort:
- Mount Norquay: The historic North American Chairlift glides to boardwalk views of Mount Rundle, the Banff townsite, the Bow and Spray valleys, and if you’re lucky, a resident bruin family.
- Banff Gondola: Soar up Sulphur Mountain for a 1-km boardwalk stroll to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site.
- Lake Louise Gondola & Restaurant: Rise up Mount Whitehorn over grizzly habitat to an incredible Temple Mountain and Victoria Glacier view, and guided interpretive bear walks.
Photo: Courtesy of SunDog Tours
By Afton Aikens & Jack Newton
SunDog Tours’ daily winter bus (to May) offers hassle-free travel to and from Jasper National Park. The Edmonton service accesses West Edmonton Mall or the International Airport. The Calgary/Banff/Lake Louise service cruises the famous Icefields Parkway, which offers spectacular views. Some highlights of this world renowned drive include:
Lady Dive Amphibus
Planning on taking a tour of O-town? Then hop aboard the Lady Dive Amphibus for the Splash Tour. Part boat, part bus, this unique vehicle transitions seamlessly from land to water and offers a one-hour bilingual outing. Have your camera ready as you pass by the ByWard Market, Parliament Hill, and the Prime Minister’s residence, as well as embassies, parks, museums, and more.
Ticket kiosk at Sparks St. and Elgin St.