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10 Years, 10 Photos: Adventures in the Canadian Rockies Featured

Like many mountain dwellers here in the Canadian Rockies, I had my share of “seasons” working summer or winter jobs in various locations in Banff National Park before I finally put down some roots. My first, more permanent, move to Banff was in 2008. The town has provided the ultimate base for exploring for 10 years now.

Here are 10 highlights of one decade of adventure photography in the heart of the Canadian Rockies!

1. Frozen Kingdom

Mountaineering in Mt. Robson Provincial Park

Frozen Kingdom, by Paul Zizka Photography

2. Into the Blue

Booming Ice Chasm, Crowsnest Pass

Into the Blue, by Paul Zizka Photography

3. A Skier’s Dream

Ski touring at Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park

A Skier's Dream, by Paul Zizka Photography

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4. Galactic Glide

Paddling on Goat Pond, Kananaskis

Galactic Glide, by Paul Zizka Photography

5. Sunrise Splash

Kayaking at Bow Lake, Banff National Park

Sunrise Splash, by Paul Zizka Photography

6. Frozen Labyrinth

Robson Glacier, Mt. Robson Provincial Park

Frozen Labyrinth, by Paul Zizka Photography

7. Ridge Ramble

Robson/Resplendent Ridge, Mt. Robson Provincial Park

Ridge Ramble, by Paul Zizka Photography

8. Prisoner

Ice climbing at Panther Falls, Banff National Park

Prisoner, by Paul Zizka Photography


9. In the Eye of the Aurora

Ice climbing, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park

In The Eye of the Aurora, by Paul Zizka Photography

10. Winter Drifter

SUP at Vermilion Lakes, Banff National Park

Winter Drifter, by Paul Zizka Photography

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The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered (Book Trailer) Featured


For nearly a decade, Paul Zizka has dedicated himself to exploring the seldom-visited corners of the Canadian Rockies and producing the most original and innovative photographs he can muster. As a photographer and adventurer, he is drawn to the extraordinary. His body of work is the result of both countless nights spent outdoors and demanding ascents of the Rockies’ highest peaks.

The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered provides a freshly curated selection featuring 200 of Zizka’s best mountain photography and elevates the Canadian Rockies to new, unimaginable heights.

Find a copy at in our online store.

Photographs by Paul Zizka
ISBN 9781771602310
10 x 10 inches
240 pages
$50.00 (CAD)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

Behind the Image: Emergence Featured


I took this black-and-white on a shooting marathon at Mount Assiniboine a few years ago. I only had two nights in the area and the conditions were so good I went without sleep to make the most of the opportunity. I went everything over those 48 hours: in thunderstorms, fresh snow, aurora borealis, inversions, fogbows, you name it. And it was late September, that time of year when the larches are glowing gold – arguably the best time of year for photography in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park.

After a night shooting the northern lights and running around to try to find breaks in the cloud cover, I finally decided to return to the Naiset Huts to catch a nap since I could no longer escape the clouds. Just as I was about the enter the cabin (which was already nearly full of fast-asleep people), I spotted a few stars glowing above the mountains. No rest for the wicked! I realized the clouds were an inversion and that a sunrise at the Nub (a nearby spot which is the most photographed backcountry location in the Canadian Rockies) could offer great potential.

As I made my way past Assiniboine Lodge, I did a double-take when I caught a glimpse of the pyramid of Mount Assiniboine floating in the dawn sky, all lit up in alpenglow. It was an absolutely incredible sight. I was pretty determined to get up to the Nub, but felt the scene that was immediately available guaranteed an image more unique than anything I could hope for at the popular vantage point higher up.

I set up the tripod, pulled out the long lens, and took a few frames of this scene, as the clouds were constantly swirling. This was my favourite one. The fog below kept the base of the mountain quite dark, while the alpenglow lit up its higher sections. The dark blue sky above bookended the composition, and made it look like the “Matterhorn of the Rockies” was doing a levitation act.

Shot with the Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens, at ISO 400, 30 seconds, f/11. I often use this image in workshops as an example of the power of compressions and isolation of the long lens in landscape photography. I hope you like the image and the story!

This image is available as a custom, limited edition print.

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