The Banff and Jasper Photography Blog


Hello, and welcome to my first official blog post for!

My name is John E. Marriott and I’m a full-time professional wildlife and nature photographer based out of Canmore, Alberta on the edge of Banff National Park. I’ve been living in the Canadian Rocky Mountains for the last 18 years and have photographed all over the parks extensively in that time. You may have seen my work in publications like National Geographic Adventure, Canadian Geographic, Popular Photography, Photo Life, Ranger Rick, National Wildlife, Reader’s Digest or Our Canada.

I’m thrilled to use this space in the coming months and years to provide you with tips on where to photograph in the Canadian Rockies, including hotspots in Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. I’ll also provide information on photography conditions in the parks so you’ll know what to expect at various times of the year, as well as give my opinions on where the best places to stay are to get you into the heat of the photo action each morning/evening, and where the good wildlife spots are. And finally, I’ll include some of the stories behind my photo adventures, much like I do on my personal nature photography blog.

Look for the first of my tips in the next week and then watch for them regularly throughout 2009!

Mt Rundle from Third Vermilion Lake, December 2008

Mount Rundle from Third Vermilion Lake, December 2008

Cheers, and happy hunting with your cameras.


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4 comments on “The Banff and Jasper Photography Blog”

  1. Shawn

    HI John,

    I’m a VERY new amatuer photographer, actually, it’ sjust a fun hobby that I have taken a little too serious. I keep going back to Banff never satisified with my shots… I was there in January and February, and will head back again next weekend. I am addicted, I swear. I’m wondering if you could give me some pointers on where the best places to shoot are. I love wildlife and landscape, so far I feel very comfortable doing this. I will head to Minnewanka again, and the Bow Valley, I have many of Cascades, Rundle and Castle (along with the glaciers), but no good angels. But where would you suggest going? I’d email you directly, but can’t seem to find a link!
    Thank you, John!!

  2. John

    Hi Shawn,

    It’s tough to figure out where to shoot and how to shoot it when you’re in a new place. Banff can get a little overwhelming at times, as it seems like there are great views all over the place, but like you said, it can be tough to find the right angles. I’ll make some suggestions in coming blog entries on where to go and what to look for, so stay tuned!


  3. Chrissy

    Hi John,

    First of all, your photography is AMAZING! Thanks for posting such great images. What a joy it is to view them.

    I’ll be in the Rockies in mid-September, and I’m wondering if you might please be able to offer tips on the best areas to photograph wildlife at that time of the year.

    Thank you!

  4. Chris

    Stuning Photographs!!!

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