Early Spring Photography Hotspots for Banff – Vermilion Lakes

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Hi everyone!  It’s been a great last few days in Banff, with a nice mix of warm weather and sunny skies with a bit of cloud cover. Today is cloudy, but still has some pretty decent light hitting the mountains in the mornings and evenings.

With spring comes the first itchings to get out and get some non-snowy images in the mountain parks and photographers hitting up the Banff area and Banff National Park in the next few weeks have a few great spots they can check out as the ice and snow melts. One of my personal favourites is the Vermilion Lakes area near the Town of Banff.  There are a host of things you can photograph along here, with nature photography hotspots all over the place, including some stunning mountain views at First, Second, and Third Vermilion Lakes, as well as the area between the Second and Third lake.

Mt Rundle and Sulphur Mountain from Third Vermilion Lake in Banff National Park

Early mornings and late evenings are best, which at this time of year, means being there from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., then again from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The Vermilion Lakes area is one of the first in the Banff area to start greening up, too, so photographers in early May should start seeing some greenery.

Nature photographers can drive along the length of Vermilion Lakes Drive to access any of the photo hotspots.

Happy shooting!


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