September 15th - 24th, 2022
Join Dan and Tanya on a scenic drive through the mesmerizing Canadian Rockies. Autumn is a magical time when the larches turn from green to gold along the rugged Continental Divide. Our small group will travel in private vehicles throughout Kananaskis Country and Banff and Jasper National Parks. Accommodations include two nights at the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and we’ve added an extra night in Kananaskis Country! Fall is the best time of year to explore here, and it’s so close to home! The hoards of summer visitors are gone; the Parks and animals are waiting for us. This is a great trip for non-photographing spouses. Now is the time to enjoy this beautiful province!
2022 Canadian Rockies Fall Photography Tour I Travel Plans
Thursday, September 15 (D)
O Canada! Meet Dan and Tanya at 1:30pm just outside of customs/baggage claim at Calgary International Airport. We’ll depart at 2:00pm in our private vehicles and drive to Kananaskis Country. After checking in at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, we’ll head out for an evening photo shoot, followed by a group welcome dinner. Overnight Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge Autograph Collection
Friday, September 16 (B)
There is plenty to photograph in Kananaskis Country, and today we will explore all that it has to offer. The area hosts five Provincial Parks, including Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, one of the largest in all of Canada. Brilliant autumn colors, alpine meadows, and blue-green mountain lakes set among the snow-capped summits of the Rocky Mountain Front Range produce spectacular landscapes. Overnight Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge
Saturday, September 17 (B, D)
Rise and shine for an early morning sunrise shoot! We’ll check out at 6:45am and start to work the backroads for many photo possibilities.
During this time of year the scenery is spectacular, grizzlies gorge on buffalo berries, and elk in rut bugle for their mates. Although we can’t guarantee wildlife, this area is prime habitat for bighorn sheep, moose, elk, black and grizzly bears, coyote, deer, beaver, and mountain goat. Don’t forget your binoculars! In late September, we may catch a glimpse of the golden eagles that ride the Rocky Mountain updrafts during their annual migration. Morning snack bars will be provided, and a hot “camp style” breakfast will be served mid-morning in the field.
We’ll take some time for a midday break and an independent lunch in the charming town of Canmore. Following, we’ll continue down the road into Banff National Park, stopping along the way for photo opportunities. Evening shoot TBA. Overnight Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Sunday, September 18 (B, L)
Wake early for a sunrise shoot and then return to the hotel around 9:30am for breakfast. At 11:00am, we’ll check out of the hotel and continue on our journey. A picnic lunch will be served in the field.
Today’s photo shoot schedule may include:
• Vermillion Lakes
• Mount Rundle
• Silverton Falls
• Lake Minnewanka Loop
• Bow Valley Parkway
For two nights, we have the luxury of staying in the heart of Banff National Park at the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Deluxe Mount Temple Rooms
Monday, September 19 (B, D)
One of the perks while staying at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is that you have the best views of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier right outside the chateau! Dan will be lakeside at 7:00am for anyone who wants to accompany him to explore trails circling the lake. A full, scrumptious Fairmont breakfast is on the menu this morning, so be sure to indulge before or after heading out to the lake!
Adventurous guests can hike one of the most iconic trails in the Canadian Rockies. A forested 2.2 mile trail passes by Mirror Lake and leads to an open valley, revealing spectacular Lake Agnes. Situated on the lake’s shoreline at 7.005 feet, you’ll find Lake Agnes Tea House. Boost your energy for the return trip with a hearty homemade soup/sandwich, fresh baked goods, and a cup of tea (more than 100 varieties to choose from!).
This evening you’ll have some time to explore on your own, and we’ll meet up for a group dinner tonight at the hotel. Overnight Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Tuesday, September 20 (L, D)
One last chance to catch the early light on Victoria Glacier, so pick up a quick coffee and danish from the Chateau Deli and head out for a sunrise shoot.
Today we’ll travel north toward Jasper National Park and stop frequently to photograph the incredible scenery. The Icefields Parkway from Banff National Park to Jasper encompass a chain of massive glaciers with waterfalls that tumble down the Continental Divide. This is considered one of the world’s top 10 most scenic drives, and you’ll notice many of the lakes have a peculiar icy blue color due to deposits of glacial silt.
Today’s photo shoot schedule may include:
• Herbert Lake
• Bow Lake/Crowfoot Glacier (walk toward Bow Glacier to get closer)
• Tangle Falls (roadside waterfall)
• Buck, Osprey, and Honeymoon Lakes
• Cavell Meadows (open meadow with views of Mt. Edith Cavell)
• Viewpoint for Mount Kerkeslin
• Old Forte Pointe
You’ll have time to explore some of these areas, but beware of the elk. They are not friendly, so don’t get close! We’ll set times to meet at each area and eventually make our way to Jasper Inn & Suites where we’ll stay for three nights. Overnight Jasper Inn & Suites
Late day/evening photo shoot schedule:
• Pyramid Lake or Patricia Lake
• Lake Edith or Lake Anette
Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 22 (2B, 1D)
Start each morning with a sunrise shoot. We’ll venture to the Maligne Lake area, a scenic drive that offers potential to see a variety of wildlife including grizzlies, black bears, deer, moose, bighorn sheep, caribou, and mountain goats. There is also the opportunity to photograph the Colin Range from the Palisades picnic site and follow the Miette Hot Springs Road, a pleasant narrow and winding road with four pullovers to stop and photograph from.
Return to the lodge midday. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to go to lunch, download images, relax, or photograph around the lodge. Dan will be available for any questions you have about digital storage or software programs.
Later in the afternoon, we’ll go out to shoot near the east gate of the Park. Our final group dinner will be at Evil Dave’s Grill (September 22nd) in the town of Jasper. This bistro-type restaurant offers a gourmet menu that combines international flavors and eclectic ingredients sure to tempt anyone’s palate. Overnight Jasper Inn & Suites
Friday, September 23 (B)
For our final full day, we’ll eat a quick breakfast at the bakery and then depart early to work our way back to Calgary along the Icefields Parkway through Jasper and Banff National Parks. The trip south has just as many magnificent views as our trip north, affording many stops to photograph along the way. You’ll have a little time in the town of Banff to explore, shop, and have lunch on your own. Arrive in Calgary late in the day and stay overnight at the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel.
Time to repack, prepare for our travel home, and say our final goodbyes…
Saturday, September 24
Depart Calgary anytime of day.
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11 Guests Maximum
5910 pp, DBL occupancy
Single sup: 1470 (limited)
Pricing in USD
Note: Less than 9 guests ADD 350 pp
$750 Per person due at time of booking
Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted
Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.
January 1, 2022: $2000 per person first installment
May 1, 2022: Final payment
Check only for first and final installments. Please make check payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:
810 N. Wallace, Suite E
Bozeman, MT 59715
- Private transportation throughout the trip
- Private, small group travel with professional photographer Daniel J. Cox
- 9 nights accommodations
- Local guide/driver
- Meals as noted in itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Snacks and beverages on bus
- All National Park fees and permits
- Transportation/airfare to/from Calgary, AB, Canada
- Miscellaneous meals, alcoholic beverages, and other personal items
- Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance
- Gratuities for guide/driver
- Extra hotel nights/accommodations
Flights to Book
September 15, 2022
Arrive in Calgary (YYC) before 1:00pm
Meet Dan and Tanya just outside customs/baggage claim at the Calgary International Airport at 1:30pm. Please fly in the night before if needed.
September 24, 2022
Depart Calgary (YYC) any time of day
Travel/emergency evacuation insurance is not required for this photo tour, but we always recommend purchasing it for any trip. We recommend one or more of the following, depending on your needs:
(use code natexp)
Allianz Global Assistance
(use travel agency ID F203564)
Terms & Conditions
Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.
By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY
Accommodations for 2022 Canadian Rockies Fall Photography Tour I
September 15 and 16, 2 Nights
Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge
Get swept away from the busyness of everyday life as you relax, rejuvenate, and refresh in the picturesque Kananaskis Valley. A one-hour drive from Calgary, you’ll find a completely modern getaway nestled amidst the pines where luxury and mountain living blend seamlessly. The Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection and a proud recipient of the AAA 4 Diamond Award.
September 17, 1 Night
Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Located in Banff National Park, the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa offers a mountain lodge hotel, a great steakhouse restaurant, and a full service spa, all in one outstanding location. This ideal vacation spot is located on Banff Avenue, the main street in the town of Banff. Surrounded by mountains, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.
September 18 and 19, 2 Nights
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise features breathtaking views of Lake Louise and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Elegant and polished, yet relaxed and inviting, this luxury resort in Banff National Park lives up to the natural wonder with which they share their name. Deluxe Mount Temple Rooms (These rooms are not lake view but larger then lake view with side views of the mountains).
September 20-22, 3 Nights
Jasper Inn & Suites
Hospitality, comfort and recreation for gatherings of all kinds in the rugged beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The Jasper Inn is the perfect choice among Jasper hotels because of its warm hospitality and tasteful amenities. They are known as one of the most welcoming hotels in Jasper, with friendly, knowledgeable staff, on-site dining, and an indoor pool.
September 23, 1 Night
Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel
Located immediately within YYC, you’re just steps from your gate, eliminating stress and maximizing efficiency. The city’s vibrant downtown district is just a short drive away. Take in views of the Calgary skyline, Alberta Prairies, Canadian Rocky Mountains, or the airport runway. Enjoy a locally sourced meal at Yakima, the hotel restaurant and bar, or challenge yourself to a workout in the fitness center and pool.
Helpful Information for 2022 Canadian Rockies Fall Photography Tour I
Each guest will receive a full itinerary with suggested camera gear, clothing, etc. closer to trip time. You are welcome to bring a video camera if you prefer this media format.
PASSPORT and VISA
For US citizens, your passport must be valid at the time of entry, and one empty passport page is required for entry. A visa is not required.
ABOUT THE TRIP
Scenic photography is the focus of this trip; seeing wildlife is a bonus. We’ll do our best to get you to the right place at the right time during optimal light for sunrise and sunset shoots.
Approximate sunrise and sunset times:
There will be many early mornings and late evenings. Most of the outings are optional, so you can choose whether to go out with the group, stay back and get some rest, or explore on your own. This is your vacation and should be pleasurable! Many of the resorts/lodges have walking trails, spas, pools, etc. to relax and enjoy at your own pace.
The activity level on this trip will be fairly non-strenuous. There could be some hiking which would be on easy trails or boardwalks, all are optional. Most photography will be done from the road. We will travel in three vehicles (15-passenger sprinter van, a Buick Enclave, and one vehicle for luggage). We decided to not have a large bus this trip to give us more opportunities to stop along the roads when we see wildlife. We will follow each other from location to location. Most photo shoots for sunrise and sunset are near our lodging.
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Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers
“My wife and I visited the Canadian Rockies in 1998 and I took “Snapshots”. Twelve years later, we visited the Canadian Rockies again and having been on previous trips with Dan and Tanya, my photography has improved by leaps and bounds. The images were spectacular. This was an amazing trip with lots of incredible scenery. My wife, being a non-photographer, was made to feel very welcome and we met lots of new friends and got to see friends again from previous trips. Dan and Tanya do an excellent job and we can’t wait until the next trip.”
Fred Kurtz, Indiana
"If you ever want to travel to another country and you want to go first class, travel with Natural Exposures. They are number one in showing their guests the best time ever in the classiest way. I would recommend Natural Exposures Tours to everyone. If you want to go in style, go with NE!"
Michelle Duggan, Massachusetts
"Canadian Rockies - OH My!
Elk and moose on the loose
Snowy peaks through skies sneak blue
Glacial lakes for goodness sakes!
A memorable trip in so many ways - food, sights, friendships and accommodations"
Margie Carroll, Georgia
"Tanya and Dan’s logistic skills provide a seamless photo tour where one can truly enjoy the experience. With unlimited photographic opportunities Dan’s instruction has taken my photography to a higher level."
Linda Henry, Oregon