Over The Hills – An Aerial Tour of Banff National Park

This past summer I had the pleasure to shoot aerials a few times over Banff National Park. Here is a different perspective on an area I feel blessed to call home.

The three turquoise jewels: Lake Louise, Mirror Lake and Lake Agnes.

The three turquoise jewels: Lake Louise, Mirror Lake and Lake Agnes.

Lake Minnewanka.

Lake Minnewanka.

Banff townsite and Bow River Valley.

Banff townsite and Bow River Valley.

Banff Springs Hotel.

Banff Springs Hotel.

Banff Centre and the Bow River.

Banff Centre and the Bow River.

Wildlife overpass.

Wildlife overpass.

Castle Mountain. Can you spot the hut?

Castle Mountain. Can you spot the hut?

Eisenhower Tower, Castle Mountain.

Eisenhower Tower, Castle Mountain.

Sunshine Meadows and Mt Assiniboine.

Sunshine Meadows and Mt Assiniboine.

Mount Edith.

Mount Edith.

Mount Louis, Diamond Face.

Mount Louis, Diamond Face.

Mount Louis.

Mount Louis.

Banff townsite and Cascade Mountain.

Banff townsite and Cascade Mountain.

Bow River meanders.

Bow River meanders.

Skoki Lakes.

Skoki Lakes.

Abbot Pass and Hut below Mount Victoria.

Abbot Pass and Hut below Mount Victoria.

Abbot Pass and Hut (looking west towards Hungabee Mountain).

Abbot Pass and Hut (looking west towards Hungabee Mountain).

Abbot Pass and Hut (looking east towards Lake Louise).

Abbot Pass and Hut (looking east towards Lake Louise).

Lake Agnes and teahouse.

Lake Agnes and teahouse.

North side of Mount Temple.

North side of Mount Temple.

Bow Lake and Num-Ti-Jah Lodge.

Bow Lake and Num-Ti-Jah Lodge.

Hanging out above the Athabasca Glacier (Jasper National Park).

Hanging out above the Athabasca Glacier (Jasper National Park).

A "behind'the-scenes" from the Athabasca Glacier area.

A “behind’the-scenes” from the Athabasca Glacier area.

Athabasca Glacier crevasses (Jasper National Park).

Athabasca Glacier crevasses (Jasper National Park).

Athabasca Glacier crevasses (Jasper National Park).

Athabasca Glacier crevasses (Jasper National Park).

Athabasca Glacier (Jasper National Park).

Athabasca Glacier (Jasper National Park).

SnoCoach operations on the Athabasca Glacier (Jasper NP).

SnoCoach operations on the Athabasca Glacier (Jasper NP).

The Big Bend. Amazing how close so many visitors park to Panther Falls every day without knowing they even exist.

The Big Bend. Amazing how close so many visitors park to Panther Falls every day without knowing they even exist.

Peyto Lake Viewing Platform. The turquoise beads of the Mistaya River are seen in the distance.

Peyto Lake Viewing Platform. The turquoise beads of the Mistaya River are seen in the distance.

Moraine Lake Lodge and several of the Ten Peaks.

Moraine Lake Lodge and several of the Ten Peaks.

Moraine Lake and a few of the Ten Peaks.

Moraine Lake and a few of the Ten Peaks.

Consolation Lakes, Fay Glacier and Moraine Lake. Mt Assiniboine is visible in the background.

Consolation Lakes, Fay Glacier and Moraine Lake. Mt Assiniboine is visible in the background.

Bourgeau Lake.

Bourgeau Lake.

Sanson Peak, Sulphur Mountain.

Sanson Peak, Sulphur Mountain.

Lake Louise, the Chateau and Mount Victoria.

Lake Louise, the Chateau and Mount Victoria.

SnoCoach operations on the Athabasca Glacier (Jasper NP).

SnoCoach operations on the Athabasca Glacier (Jasper NP).

Island Lake, near Lake Louise.

Island Lake, near Lake Louise.

Three important "ways" through the mountains arrive in Banff: the railway, the Transcanada Highway and the Bow River.

Three important “ways” through the mountains arrive in Banff: the railway, the Transcanada Highway and the Bow River.

Sulphur Mountain upper terminal and Banff townsite.

Sulphur Mountain upper terminal and Banff townsite.

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25 Responses to “Over The Hills – An Aerial Tour of Banff National Park”

  1. Denise hoag

    Beautiful photo’s – I have been blessed to have seen the beauty of these mountains – a helicopter tour like this would have been amazing. Love, love, love your pictures. 🙂

    Reply
  2. drawandshoot

    What a landscape! These are gorgeous Paul.

    The wildlife overpass is such a great idea, I wonder why such a thing is not used more often?
    I’m hoping to get there next summer – I hope there are still glaciers left!

    Reply
  3. Mark Masotti

    Amazing pics Paul! Anytime you need an assistant, i’m your man! lol. Great job.

    Reply
  4. Tina

    Paul, please call me next time you are going out. I want to come. Incredible views… and amazing photographs!!!

    Reply
  5. Wesley Picotte

    Nice, Paul. You captured some really great perspectives.

    I was so close to your neck of the woods this fall…I absolutely need to get up there. But might have to make my first target Assiniboine. Have you been out there?

    Reply
  6. Paul Zizka

    Hi Wesley. I’ve been up the mountain, but never to the Lodge side, where most do their landscape photography. Embarrassing that I haven’t spent any time there yet! Next summer hopefully…

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    • wpicotte

      From what I’ve read, it’s quite the jaunt to get in there (unless you heli ;)). But based on the images, well worth it, too!

      Reply
  7. howsephoto

    Having the luxury of experiencing these areas first hand, it is amazing to see the beauty of these regions from the air. Great capture of this amazing land

    Reply
  8. hikingwithbarry

    Wow! A very impressive collection of photograpraphs. Much of the terrain I have hiked in the past. The ariel perspective adds great dimension to my experience. The colour of the water never ceases to amaze me and I am blessed to live here.

    Reply
  9. Cat Pictures

    What a excellent blog post and certainly served to clear my brain somewhat

    Reply
  10. TrainboySD40-2

    Each and every one of these is absolutely wonderful. I’ve never had the opportunity to photograph from the air, but it can’t be that easy to have such wonderful compositions as these!

    Reply
    • Paul Zizka

      Thanks so much for your kind comments! I thoroughly enjoyed getting a completely new perspective of an area that was already really familiar to me from the ground. I hope you get a chance to do aerials soon too!

      Reply

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