Posts from the ‘Canadian Rockies’ category

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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Iconic Rockies Winter Photo Tour 2019 Featured

DATES: January 18-22, 2019
INSTRUCTORS: PAUL ZIZKA + WAYNE SIMPSON

Spend four luxurious nights in the majestic Canadian Rockies! Make the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise your ultimate winter base camp while you capture the beauty of the Canadian Rockies and fine-tune your skills under the guidance of experienced photographers on this once-in-a-lifetime photography tour.
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10 Favourite Places to Shoot the Northern Lights Featured

I’ll admit it: the northern lights are intoxicating. For many years I’ve been drawn to cold, northerly destinations, both as a photographer and an adventurer. And beyond the desolate beauty and landscapes of these locations, whether it’s Greenland or Canada’s northern territories, it’s icing on the cake that they also provide us with the best opportunities to shoot the aurora borealis.

Here are my top 10 favourite locations around the globe to shoot the northern lights, in no particular order of preference:

1. Alaska

In a nutshell: Perfect latitude, fantastic scenery to pair up with lights. Cloud cover can be an issue.

When to go: October to March.

Denali National Park, Alaska, USA. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

2. Canadian Prairies

In a nutshell: Nice low horizon, easy access. You need a decent show.

When to go: Year-round.

Canadian Prairies. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

3. Canadian Rockies

In a nutshell: Some of the most incredible skylines to pair with lights. Great displays are rare. High horizons make it more challenging to shoot.

When to go: Year-round.

Banff National Park. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

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4. Greenland

In a nutshell: Zero light pollution, mind-blowing scenery. More difficult/expensive to access. Strong displays frequent.

When to go: September to April.

Greenland. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

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5. Iceland

In a nutshell: Easier, cheaper access. Weather can be an issue. Good latitude, great landscapes. More people.

When to go: September to April.

Iceland. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

6. Labrador

In a nutshell: Super dark skies, very wild. Access can be difficult. Some incredible skylines.

When to go: September to April.

Torngat Mountains National Park. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

7. Norway

In a nutshell: Good latitude. Stunning landscapes. Weather can be an issue.

When to go: September to April.

Norway. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

8. Nunavut

In a nutshell: Very little light pollution, incredible scenery. Lower temperatures to deal with. More difficult/expensive to access. Strong displays frequent.

When to go: September to April.

Nunavut. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

9. Northwest Territories

In a nutshell: Very little light pollution, low horizons, surprisingly great access. Strong displays very frequent.

When to go: September to April.

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Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

10. Yukon

In a nutshell: Very little light pollution, fairly easy/inexpensive access. Great latitude for aurora.

When to go: September to April.

Yukon. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

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10 Favourite Spots for Shooting the Northern Lights, by Paul Zizka Photography

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