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    Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    Considering a trip to the greater Jasper National Park area in the fall of 2020 with the family. Grew up in Montana and spend much time in Glacier Nat Park but never ventured to the North. Currently living in Aurora, Colorado so I would be driving up and likely flying the family to someplace nearby and letting them rent a car. Two vehicles lets me break away to photograph. 8x10 is my primary format as I have a lightweight Intrepid Mark II and a wooden Canham as wells a lightweight FLM carbon fiber tripod so packing the camera is not a problem. I also would likely bring the Canham 8x20 and 5x7 and maybe even the V11 11x14. I have a pickup to carry it.

    Interested in where to fly into, where to stay, where to photograph and assess if the hiking is productive from an esthetic and photographic perspective.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    We went to Banff-Yoho-Jasper in early September in 2016. We flew to Calgary and drove to Jasper. You may fly to Edmonton, if you only visit Jasper. In Jasper, we visited Maligne lake and had a lake cruise to Spirit Island (One of the iconic photos of Kodak Ektarchrome?), this is the place you must visit and photograph. We had a bad luck when we visited there, it was raining all day alone and I did not have an opportunity to make a LF photo. We also hiked in the Mount Edith Cavell trail in Jasper, which is beautiful and ranked with excellent 5 stars. I can send you our itinerary with sightseeing information to you if you are interested.


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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    Did a trip to Banff/Jasper a few years ago in the early season (believe it was April/May). Had a great time and there is definite photographic opportunity seeing the major roadside sights (Lake Louise, Icefields parkway). We wanted to hike but all the trails that wondered away from the major sights were prohibited unless you were hiking in a large group because of bear concerns. I don't know if this is still a concern in Fall but definitely check into the regulations before you back the serious hiking gear. (I don't know many large format photographers who travel in large groups). We saw many black bears btw, and a grizzly, they seemed quite common at that time.

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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    You may also want to spend some time near the Columbia Icefields. Good views from the visitor center which is across the highway from the icefields.

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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    The drive from Jasper to Banff along the the Icefields Parkway is not to be missed. One of the most spectacular drives on the continent.

    Someone already mentioned Yoho National Park; Kootenay National Park is also in that vicinity and also quite nice.

    Fall is a great time to visit - we did the family vacation there in the fall of 2018. That was our second visit to the area in 3 years and I am eager to return. I really like the views at Moraine Lake in Banff but it is a tourist stop an so it is usually crowded.

    A unique place to stay along the Icefields Parkway is Num-Ti-Jah Lodge at Bow Lake. Itís an old wooden structure, and somewhat pricey but with lots of character.

    Bob

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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    Michael, my last visit was in the fall --- September. As noted, the drive from Banff to Jasper is beautiful. I drove from CA, but Calgary seems a good choice if flying; Ray Van Nes would know.

    My friend Gary Nylander, a member here, has some inspirational work from that area. He lives in West Kelowna, B.C.

    Sounds like a fun trip!

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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    Thanks to all for your guidance. Based upon the wonderful responses I am greatly enthused about getting this trip scheduled and am looking forward to the opportunity to visually experience this part of the world for myself.

    Cheers!

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    Be sure to see Peyto Lake if time permits.

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    Be sure to see Peyto Lake if time permits.

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    I hope to make it there. Great photography by the way....

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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    Michael, Photographically, I'm sure you'll have a great trip. Calgary is by far the best place to fly into, as your family would drive through Banff National Park and up the spectacular Banff-Jasper highway. There is only about 30 miles difference in distance, but Edmonton is farther from the mountains and the drive is nowhere near as scenic. You could easily spend a week just photographing from pullouts along the road between Calgary & Jasper. Given that you're travelling with multiple large format cameras, I'm guessing you won't be doing much hiking, nonetheless, you'll be in spectacular country. In the last few years, Banff & Jasper National Parks have become extremely busy, to the point that places like Moraine Lake and Lake Louise parking lots are full by 5:30 in the morning & Parks Canada has started a shuttle service (no walk-ups.... online registration far in advance). Likewise, this year Parks Canada has instituted online campground reservations (https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/reserve). General tourist traffic & reservations may affect how you plan your time in the area. I can guarantee that anywhere you go, you'll come back with satisfying images. Takakkaw Falls in Yoho Park is definitely photo-worthy (a 7 mi drive up w/ two parking lots).
    As for accommodation, The Alpine Centre in Lake Louise (run by the Alpine Club of Canada & the Hostel Assn) is a great place to stay, as is Truffle Pigs Bistro & Lodge in the nearby town of Field (great photo opps for Mt Stephen & access to Yoho Park. Feel free to pm me as your plans get made... i'd be happy to offer suggestions. Be sure to visit the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff (fantastic photo archive of the area).

    If you want to really get away from the crowds.... Tonquin Valley. I think you can get the horsepackers to bring in your camera gear (fee). https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jas...-ideas/Tonquin
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