Six Places to take the Best Sunrise Pictures with your Dog in Alberta

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When I started Rocky Mountain Dog I knew regular social media posts meant a lot of trips out to the mountains to take pictures.

I went to places in Banff and Kananaskis taking pictures with Butch in his surroundings.

I was always out during the day oblivious to the lighting conditions until I started to read and watch blogs about photography. 

After my first time taking pictures at sunrise the light bulbs went off and I realized that's when I should be taking my pictures during the magic hour at sunrise and sunset. 

It makes such a big difference. I started going out early to take pictures last winter when it was bone-chilling cold... -30C.

Vermillion Lakes 

Vermillion Lakes is great, it's easy to get to, it's not time-consuming and the scenery is awe-inspiring. The secret about Vermillion Lakes are the options you have to take pictures there. 

There are many angles you can choose from along the road to take pictures so don't stop driving, some of the best shots are towards the end of the road.

duck toller dog at vermillion lakes with rundle mountain banff alberta

Butch at Vermillon Lakes early Summer Morning

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Butch walking across the view Vermillion Lakes, Banff, Alberta

Two Jack Lake

The great thing about Two Jack Lake is nobody goes there. Okay, there will be a few people in the morning but compared to other places, even during the day, it's much quieter. The lake is usually glass early in the morning and when the sun hits the top of Rundle Mountain, it's magic. 

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Butch staring down a goose at Two Jack Lake, Banff, Alberta

Purple sunrise at Two Jack Lake Banff Alberta

Purple sunrise at Two Jack Lake, Banff, Alberta


It's easy to get a great shot of Cascade Mountain when you're up early getting a coffee at McDonald's on Banff Avenue.

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Banff Avenue at Sunrise

Bow Lake

It's definitely a further drive but it's worth it to head out to Bow Lake for sunrise. There is nobody there and it's easy to get to once you park.

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Butch on the bridge at Bow Lake

Three Sisters

Three Sisters at Sunrise is magical, especially in the winter with all the trees covered in snow.

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Butch at Three Sisters, Canmore, Alberta

Oyama Lake

This one is not in Alberta but it was a great spot. Oyama Lake is in the Okanagan, British Columbia. It's a bit of a drive but there is Oyama Lake Resort where you can stay and the sunrises there are beautiful.

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Butch looking at the lake during sunrise at Oyama Lake, British Columbia.