One of the premier locations in the Canadian Rockies for summer landscape photography is at Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park.
Renowned worldwide for its stunning natural beauty, the Lake O’Hara environs should be at the top of every nature photographer’s list to visit and photograph. Photographers can access Lake O’Hara by trail or by bus, but plan your trip into this area early as there is a quota on the number of visitors allowed in there at any one time.
Every trail in the area is littered with photo opportunities, particularly in the summer months when the entire area is snow-free and accessible. My personal favourite is the Opabin Plateau Trail (the two pictures above are from the Opabin Plateau).
Plan to stay overnight at Lake O’Hara for at least a night in either the campground, the ACC Hut, or in Lake O’Hara Lodge to maximize your opportunities and to be there for the best light each morning and evening. If you want to go in just for the day, Cathedral Mountain Lodge makes an excellent base camp for photography purposes.
Note that in summer, first light can be as early as 5 am in Lake O’Hara, so expect to be up hiking by 4 am in order to reach your destinations by the time the sun starts rising!
And if you’re interested in seeing more summer photography from Lake O’Hara and Yoho National Park, visit my Yoho National Park Image Library.