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Visiting Banff National Park in September, Help!!!!!

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Visiting Banff National Park in September, Help!!!!!

I'm planning my first visit to Banff National Park in September, it will be around 6 days. I don't drive and love hiking/photography/wildlife. Appreciate if anyone can assist with information on hiking/photography tours. Thanks thanks thanks!!

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1. Re: Visiting Banff National Park in September, Help!!!!!

I would suggest that you take a look at Discover Banff Tours for options, also Brewster. Both will pop up quickly on Google. Also, click on the "do I need to rent a car" question ( top right of your screen) to reach a page called Car Free in Banff.

September is lovely for hiking and photography -- you will have a great time!

Edited: 2:51 pm, February 26, 2012
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2. Re: Visiting Banff National Park in September, Help!!!!!

Not sure what your budget is, but you could google for specific photography trips in the Canadian Rockies. There are plenty of professional photographers offering these types of tours in various areas such as Banff and Jasper National parks. They can be quite costly though. Some names that come off the top of my head are Paul Zizka and John Marriot. If you google you will find several others.

As the last poster has mentioned you can try tour companies as well. They are not photograpy specific trips, but offer great opportunites for taking pictures and will be much cheaper.

There will be a lot of areas you can get to on your own to photograph. From the town of Banff there are several trails and beautiful places to photograph. You could consider renting a bike to get to some trailheads that are to far to walk to. Once in Banff head to the tourist info on Banff Avenue. They can give you lots of info and a map showing various areas to go to.

You can easily get from Banff to Lake Louise on the Brewster Bus. You can get dropped off a the Chateau hotel that sits at the edge of Lake Louise. There are several trails right from the lake. If you want to take a guided hike in the Lake Louise area I would recommend a company called Great Divide. You can google them.

No matter what you will be thrilled to be here as a person who loves photography. You can practically just swing your camera around in the air and snap beautiful shots.

P.S. You are coming at a great time. September is my favorite month in the Rockies.

Cheers

Edited: 3:16 pm, February 26, 2012
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3. Re: Visiting Banff National Park in September, Help!!!!!

Thank you very much, both Destination Expert and Travelbug1999 for the very helpful information. I'll definitely check out the tour companies and websites you suggested.

Though I know photography tour usually cost more than normal tours, the only reason of joining photography tour is that I get to be taken to some seclusive locations at more photography lighting friendly time of the days(early in the morning and late in the afternoon).......

It's a looooong distance between Australia and Canada so I would definitely like to make the most of it. while I visit Canada!!! Can't wait!

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4. Re: Visiting Banff National Park in September, Help!!!!!

For what it's worth, I did a quick web search on

Banff photography tour

and came up with this:

www.photoadventures.ca/Banff_PhotoTours.html

Quick lessons, probably in classroom setting?

www.banffphotography.com/pros_classes.html

3-day workshops in Banff:

www.royandersenphotography.com/workshops.html

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5. Re: Visiting Banff National Park in September, Help!!!!!

Wow, Country_Wife, thanks for the cool links!! Will definitely check them out!

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6. Re: Visiting Banff National Park in September, Help!!!!!

While their not "photo specific" many of the sightseeing tours are going to be your opportunity to get out and about to see the awesome scenery in Banff National Park.

Outside of town, there's 2 things you don't want to miss and will want to budget the time and money to visit.

1. Visit Lake Louise! Discover Banff tours offer a 1/2 day or a full day. The full day would be perfect for you and give you the free time you need to enjoy your day and take your photos.

2. Visit the Icefields Parkway and take a tour of the Columbia Icefields (the largest Glaciers in our area). This is a full day tour featuring some of the best scenery in our area. A bus tour is going to be the only way to explore this area if you haven't got a car.

Discover Banff tours: www.banfftours.com

Brewster Tours: www.explorerockies.com

If you were looking for a smaller, more private tour - you might look into spending a day with Great Divide Nature interpretation, White Mountain Adventures or Nature in Focus tours. They specialize in small groups, nature "interpretation" and hiking/nature walks.

Discover Banff Tours also have great hiking tours at a reasonable price. Transportation, lunch and guide is all included in the price.

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7. Re: Visiting Banff National Park in September, Help!!!!!

Thanks very much banfflakelouise!! I checked out the links you mentioned and certainly some hikes look very good.

I also emailed the photography work shop Country-wife recommended.

So look forward to the trip!!!

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8. Re: Visiting Banff National Park in September, Help!!!!!

Good Stuff! We appreciate when people take our advice to heart. We want you to have the best possible holiday.

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9. Re: Visiting Banff National Park in September, Help!!!!!

I've searching for most efficient/direct way from Jasper/Banff to Toronto but all the search result in flights from Toronto to Banff/Jasper but not the way around.

Could anyone please advise what options do I have to go to Toronto? Many thanks.

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10. Re: Visiting Banff National Park in September, Help!!!!!

I am not quite sure what your ideas are cattychen. Your first para confuses me. In regard to getting to Toronto you would need to fly from Calgary or spend the best part of four days on ViaRail from Jasper.

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