Looking for the best places to take photos of your dog in the Rocky Mountains? Look no further, we have our top 25 places with majestic peaks, pristine lakes, and untouched wilderness, this list is a dog photographer's paradise. There really is no better place in Canada to take photos with your dog. Trust me I moved here from Ontario for this very reason!
Join us as we give you some dog photography tips and embark on a journey through the best photography spots in the Rocky Mountains. Don't forget that your dog needs some beautiful gear for photos. Find all your dog harnesses, leashes and collar needs at Rocky Mountain Dog!
Tips on Taking Photos of Your Dog:
1. Do Some Photo Prep at Home:
Training at home will set you and your dog up for success. Do small exercises while on walks of sitting and staying as you back up. This will get your dog comfortable with this behavior and when you set them up with a beautiful scene behind them they will know the drill. Take it up a notch by teaching some fun tricks such as sit pretty and wave!
2. Patience is Essential:
Photographing dogs requires patience and flexibility. Dogs can be unpredictable, so be prepared to capture spontaneous moments. Allow them to explore their surroundings and engage in their favorite activities while you patiently wait for the perfect shot. Keep your camera ready to seize those precious, fleeting moments.
3. Use Treats and Toys:
Treats and toys are excellent tools to grab your dog's attention and encourage playful expressions. Use their favorite treats or toys to reward good behavior and capture those adorable expressions and joyful moments. Be ready to click the shutter at the right time to capture their focused attention or excitement.
4. Get Down to Their Level:
To create an intimate and engaging perspective, get down to your dog's eye level. Shooting from their eye level provides a more personal and authentic representation of your dog's world. Also capturing action shots at eye level is way more effective for capturing the movement than from above. A rule of thumb is to keep your dog's head at or below the skyline.
5. Show Emotion and Connection:
The bond between you and your dog is a special one. Capture those heartwarming moments that demonstrate the love and connection you share. Whether it's a gentle touch, a joyful lick, or a soulful gaze, these images evoke strong emotions and serve as a lasting testament to your incredible bond.
The Best Places To Take Photos of Your Dog in The Rocky Mountains:
1. Vermilion Lake:
Nestled near Banff, Vermilion Lake presents a serene and picturesque setting for photographers. During sunrise and sunset, the tranquil waters reflect the magnificent Mount Rundle and the surrounding peaks, creating a surreal mirror-like effect. The soft hues of pink and orange dance across the sky, casting a magical glow that photographers yearn to capture. The docs along the side of the lake are a great spot to position your dog to get the best shot.
The last dock at Vermillion Lake and usually the spot where you will be all alone!
2. Peyto Lake:
Prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing turquoise waters of Peyto Lake. Located in Banff National Park, this glacial-fed lake boasts a surreal color that seems too beautiful to be real. The vantage point from Bow Summit provides an ideal spot to capture a candid with your dog and the lake's splendor, surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Canadian Rockies. The lake is also shaped like a wolf making it the perfect spot to stop with your dog.
You can usually catch Peyto Lake with snow and the lake not frozen between Oct to mid Nov.
3. Bow Lake:
Sunrise is one of the best times to take pictures of your dog at Bow Lake.
As you travel along the Icefields Parkway, make sure to stop at Bow Lake. Nestled at the foot of Crowfoot Mountain, this pristine lake offers a breathtaking reflection of the towering peaks. The changing seasons bring unique opportunities for photos with your dog, from vibrant wildflowers in spring to the golden hues of autumn. You will find endless inspiration in the awe-inspiring vistas that Bow Lake offers.
A fisherman in the background at 5:45am at Bow Lake.
The best sunrise day at Bow Lake I've had, with an original Moraine Lake designed leash.
Winter is a great time to visit Bow Lake as well!
4. Moraine Lake:
Everyone is chasing the perfect sunrise picture at Moraine Lake.
Prepare to be spellbound by the iconic Moraine Lake, Alberta, renowned for its mesmerizing turquoise color and the Valley of the Ten Peaks towering above it. Surrounded by dense forests and glacier-carved mountains, Moraine Lake is a true gem of the Rockies. Whether capturing the pristine lake from the famous rockpile viewpoint or exploring the shoreline with your dog for unique compositions, every frame tells a story of natural splendor. This spot has become difficult to get to but there are some tour buses that allow dogs.
5. Lake Louise:
A great picture of Butch with Lake Agnes on the left and Lake Louise on the right from Devil' Thumb viewpoint.
No photography tour of the Rocky Mountains would be complete without a visit to Lake Louise, Alberta, Many dog owners chase pictures of their dog on the glass lake with the perfect reflections. Known for its emerald waters and the majestic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, this iconic destination is a haven for photographers. Take a stroll around the lake with your pup to get some unique shots, as well as hike above to get a great vantage point overlooking the lake. You can also rent the famous red canoes and get some stunning shots of your pup enjoying a serene ride.
Devil's Thumb Hike, Lake Louise with Lukas Johnson.
Winter is a perfect time to take pictures at Lake Louise.
Lake Louise can be a very busy spot to take pictures so plan ahead before you visit. For the best photos sunrise is usually the best time to take pictures here because there is no wind and the lake is glass which gives you the perfect reflections. You can easily spend an hour or two hours taking pictures from the lake or there are a dozen hikes from here to take jaw dropping pictures of your dog.
Easy hikes include Agnes Lake, Little Beehive and Lake Louise Lakeshore to the end of the lake. More difficult or farther hikes include Saddleback Ridge, Plains of the Six Glacier and the Big Beehive. The three very hard hikes and incredible opportuinties of great dog pictures would be Mount Fairview, Devil's Thumb and Mount St. Piran.
6. Pyramid Lake:
Pyramid Lake is a kidney-shaped lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. It lies at the foot of Pyramid Mountain, a natural landmark that overlooks the town of Jasper. Named for the stunning Pyramid Mountain that towers over the lake, you are sure to get some stunning shots here no matter what the weather.
Pyramid Lake early morning in Jasper
The bridge going across to Pyramid Island
7. Lake O'Hara:
Cross country ski trip to Lake O'Hara is a day well spent in the Rocky Mountains.
Accessible by a restricted shuttle or a strenuous hike, Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park is a hidden gem for photographers. Surrounded by towering peaks, vibrant wildflowers, and pristine alpine meadows, this lake exudes tranquility and serenity. Photographers can frame the mirror-like reflections on the calm waters or explore the network of trails for sweeping vistas that offer a feast for the lens. You’ll need to hike into this one with your dog but if you're up for it it's worth the views.
The lodges at Lake O'Hara make for a great back drop for photos with your dog.
You will need to take a lot of breaks along the way to Lake O'Hara.
8. Lake Minnewanka:
Just outside Banff, Lake Minnewanka offers a picturesque setting for photography enthusiasts. Stretching over 21 kilometers, this glacial lake is a playground for capturing stunning landscapes. It’s one of the only lakes where you can launch a powerboat making it a great opportunity to get some shots of your dog out on the water if paddleboarding is not for you.
9. Emerald Lake:
November is a perfect time to plan a trip for pictures since the lake will not be frozen.
Set amidst Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake mesmerizes with its shimmering emerald-green waters and stunning mountain backdrop. As the morning mist dissipates and the first rays of sunlight pierce through the trees, is the best time to get photos with your pup. Summer is the best time to see the emerald color of the lake but it's also a stunning spot in the winter.
10. Cascade Ponds:
Nestled near Banff, Cascade Ponds provide a serene retreat for photographers seeking simplicity and natural charm. Surrounded by dense forests and framed by towering peaks, these tranquil ponds offer reflections that perfectly complement the breathtaking backdrop. Easily accessible by car, this spot is popular for picnics. The arched bridges running through the ponds are a great spot to get some photos of your dog.
11. Jumbo Pass
Jumbo Pass looking back at Horseshoe Glacier
For the adventurous souls, Jumbo Pass, located in the Purcell Mountains, promises a unique and awe-inspiring experience. Surrounded by towering peaks and sweeping glaciers, this remote location offers an opportunity to capture the raw power and immense scale of the Rockies. Hike the Jumbo Pass to get some amazing shots of your dog exploring the amazing scenery.
Hiking Jumbo Pass with Jumbo Mountain in the background
Butch and I hiking Jumbo Pass (me with long hair!)
12. Two Jack Lake:
An early picture of Butch at Two Jack Lake high in the air!
Situated near the town of Banff, Two Jack Lake is a hidden gem tucked away in the Rocky Mountains. With its pristine waters and stunning vistas, it offers a myriad of photographic opportunities. A great spot to launch your paddleboard or canoe with your pup. The stunning reflections in the water and surrounding mountain range make for the perfect backdrop.
A good view in the summer time is looking north at Two Jack Lake towards Lake Minnewanka
An early morning at Two Jack Lake with the Banff All-Mountain Leash
13. Waterton National Park:
Who doesn't love Waterton!
Nestled on the border between Canada and the United States, Waterton National Park is a true gem in the Rockies. From the serene beauty of Upper Waterton Lake to the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel perched atop a hill, this park offers an array of photography spots. Capture the reflection of mountain peaks in the calm waters or hike to vantage points for panoramic views that will leave you in awe. The stunning beach is a great spot to pose with your dog.
Bears Hump Waterton
It's windy up here! Bears Hump in Waterton is a classic spot to take pictures, easy to access and a quick hike to get these views
14. Kananaskis River:
Finding spots along the Kananaskis River is a good way to find amazing pictures in Kananaskis
Flowing through the picturesque Kananaskis Valley, the Kananaskis River is a meandering waterway that offers breathtaking photography opportunities. From cascading rapids to tranquil stretches, the river provides a dynamic subject for capturing the raw power and serenity of nature. Photographers can explore its banks, seeking out unique compositions that showcase the harmony between the flowing water and the surrounding mountain landscapes. A great place to get some action shots of your dog chasing sticks.
15. Three Sisters Viewpoint:
The Three Sisters Viewpoint is a great spot to take pictures and easy to access, this is one of our classic pictures of the Canmore All-Mountain Leash with the Three Sisters Mountain in the background
The Three Sisters can be seen from almost everywhere in Canmore but this particular spot will give you the best shot, as typically you can get a reflection of the sisters in the ponds below. A tricky spot to find as it is off the highway near the dog park, but it's worth the venture to find it. It’s also a great spot to stop in the winter as the ponds are frozen and there are lots of walking trails.
16. Whistler’s Peak, Jasper:
The great thing about Whistler's Peak in Jasper, you can get to the top on a gondola and dogs are allowed!
Take the Gondola up Whistlers Peak in Jasper, AB and experience the panoramic beauty of the Rockies. This is a great option to get an overview of the Mountains without having to hike the mountain. It's also great because you can take your dog on the Gondola with you! Don't be afraid to venture up the trail as there are a variety of viewpoints each providing a distinct visual experience. Whether you choose to capture your pup with the peak in all its glory or the surrounding valleys and forests, you won’t get a bad photo in this remarkable location.
The best views of Jasper are right here!
17. Wedge Pond:
Wedge Pond is a hidden gem that beckons photographers with its serene beauty. Located near Kananaskis Country, Wedge Pond is easily accessible, making it a great location for both you and your dog. The surrounding dense forests and towering peaks provide a captivating reflection in the mirror-like-surface of the pond. When photographing Wedge Pond, consider visiting during the golden hours of sunrise or sunset. The soft, warm light during these times bathes the area in a magical glow, enhancing the colors and adding depth to your images. It is also a great spot during the fall foliage.
18. Mount Robson:
One of our classic pictures we use in our advertisements with Mount Robson in the background
As the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson is a sight to behold. The surrounding park offers various hiking trails and viewpoints that provide different perspectives of the peak. Take the time to explore these trails, as they offer opportunities for capturing Mount Robson from different angles and elevations. Try the Robson Meadows Viewpoint trail for some great landscape shots of your dog in the meadows with Mount Robson in the foreground.
19. Larch Valley:
Larch Valley Sunrise with Minnestimma Lake and the Ten Peaks in the background
Larch Valley is best hiked in the Fall to see the larch trees, it is best to go from September 20 to the beginning of October. Hiking through a sea of golden larches with the ten peaks behind you is spectacular, the views are insanely beautiful, some of the best in the park, even better with your dog!
There are so many fantastic areas to explore up at Larch Valley, be sure to give yourself lots of time with your dog, you can even go all the way up to Sentinel Pass!
20. Athabasca Glacier:
As one of the most accessible glaciers in the Canadian Rockies, the Athabasca Glacier offers a mesmerizing and icy spectacle for photographers. To document the power and vastness of this natural wonder, consider using a wide-angle lens to emphasize the glacier's sheer size. Incorporate your dog and human elements, such as hikers or vehicles, to provide scale and depth to your photographs. Remember to prioritize safety and avoid venturing onto the glacier without proper guidance and equipment.
21. Maligne Canyon:
Maligne Canyon is the perfect adventure with your dog in the winter
Jasper National Park's Maligne Canyon is a photographer's dream, with its deep, narrow gorge, waterfalls, and towering limestone walls. The setting is a perfect place to get some moody photos of your dog. Visit during the golden hours to capture the warm light filtering through the canyon, creating a magical and ethereal atmosphere. Experiment with long exposures to capture the smooth flow of water and emphasize the dynamic nature of the canyon.
Do your research to access the canyon and be sure to have your dog on leash
22. Sarrail Ridge:
Sarrail Ridge is on of the classic hikes in Kananaskis, do your research befor you go, this is a difficult hike
Nestled in Kananaskis Country, Sarrail Ridge offers unparalleled vistas of pristine alpine meadows, sparkling lakes, and jagged mountain peaks. To capture the beauty of this location, hike to the ridge during late summer when the wildflowers are in full bloom. Utilize a wide-angle lens to capture your dog in the expansive landscape, and consider incorporating foreground elements such as wildflowers or rock formations to add depth and interest to your photographs. You pass Rawson Lake on the way to this summit, a stunning spot to stop if you’re looking for an easier hike.
The views of Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lake are incredible
23. Raven’s End
This stunning hike begins in the magical aspen forest and quickly ascends to beautiful views overlooking Kananaskis. There are many look outs along this trail that are perfect spots to set up some candid photos of your dog, but save some film for the top as the mountains open up into a meadow surrounded by towering peaks. You can choose to summit mount Yamnuska or simply walk the ridge around the meadow for some amazing shots.
24. Spray Lakes:
Situated in Kananaskis, this reservoir offers an easily accessible spot to experience serene waters mirroring the towering peaks of the Spray Mountains reflected in the lake. The Spray Mountain range has 47 named mountains, including Mount Sir Douglas and great hiking trails nearby. The lake is also surrounded by campsites making it a great spot to stay overnight and get sunset and sunrise photos of your dog frolicking in the pristine waters.
25. Tent Ridge:
Tent Ridge is another classic hike in Kananaskis where you can get incredible views and pictures with your dog
A challenging hike that begins in the forest but quickly opens up to amazing views. We recommend to do this hike clockwise it is a lot easier that way. A combination of switchbacks and straightforward climbing. The scramble portion is hard so take your time, but those views are worth it!
The views of Spray Lakes from Tent Ridge
The Rocky Mountains are a treasure trove of natural wonders, and their best photography spots offer a playground for creative expression, and wonderful memories to be made with your dog. From the emerald allure of Emerald Lake to the majestic grandeur of Jumbo Glacier and the tranquil charm of Cascade Ponds, each location unveils a unique facet of nature's artistry. So grab your camera, and your dog and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Rockies, and let your lens tell the stories of your experiences in these extraordinary landscapes.