The stunning landscapes of Canada and the fascinating cities lend themselves to photography. Beautiful images are all part of a visit, no matter where you’re in the country.
The West Coast offers a rugged and remote wilderness experience that will encourage you to capture wild scenery. The jagged cliffs and picturesque lakes of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia and Alberta are another perfect excuse to explore western Canada with your camera.
In Central Canada, the prairie provinces offer their own unique beauty, particularly in summer when the fields are bright yellow with canola and sunflowers. In the fall, Ontario parks provide great opportunities to see the leaves display their colors.
You’ll find small fishing villages, lighthouses in the Atlantic provinces of Eastern Canada, and if you’re traveling at the right time of year, you’ll have a chance to see icebergs.
And in Canada’s far north, which extends to the Arctic Ocean, there are polar bears, northern lights, and undiscovered countries.
Bring your camera, or even just your phone, and capture beautiful images from coast to coast to coast, as we like to say in Canada.
1. Moraine Lake
The Rocky Mountains are home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada. The turquoise lakes surrounded by snowcapped peaks, particularly those in Banff National Park, are some of the main attractions for photographers. While Lake Louise tends to get all the attention, Moraine Lake, just a short distance away, offers an incredible scene. You can also get up high above the lake to capture the mountains reflecting in the still water.
2. Polar Bears in Churchill
In northern Manitoba, the polar bears that transit through the small town of Churchill in late fall offer some of the best opportunities for wildlife photography in Canada. Visitors can go out on the tundra in Tundra Buggies, which allow for close-up viewing of the bears in their natural habitat.
3. Canola Fields in Manitoba and Saskatchewan
If you’re moving from the lovely town of Winnipeg to the west through Manitoba and Saskatchewan during the month of July, you can expect to see fields of bright golden yellow. The endless canola fields are one of the highlights of Canada’s summer drive. Find a high point of view from which to photograph, or locate a patch of trees or barn to add some perspective to your shot.
Less prevalent but also spectacular are the sunflower fields, which are also cause for celebration if your camera is handy. They bloom later in the year.
4. Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is a beautiful sight at any time of year. You can always capture good photos here in the summer, but winter offers something truly special. The ice-covered railings and tree limbs, and the giant plume of mist rising off the falls on still days make for some great photos. Many of the attractions in Niagara Falls offer great ways to see the falls and opportunities for beautiful photos.
5. Ontario in the Fall
Ontario’s lakes and woods allow stunning images of the fall. Some of the best places to see the color of the fall are in Ontario Parks.
In southern Ontario, the transition of autumn colour starts in mid-September, peaking between the end of September and mid-October. Some areas, such as Algonquin Provincial Park, are at a higher elevation than other parks and the city of Toronto, only a few hours away. Your best choice is to visit the park in the first week of October. You should expect to see vivid yellows, oranges, and reds, with a combination of green pines in comparison. For the best photo opportunities, head out to the Algonquin hiking trails.
In northwestern Ontario, in areas like Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden, and Lake of the Woods, a change of color occurred a few weeks ago. The peak hours are frequently at the end of September.
6. Peggy’s Cove
One of the most photographed sights in Eastern Canada, the lighthouse at Peggy’s is an iconic East Coast image. A good day trip from Halifax, this is a beautiful place to photograph any time of day and in any season. Even on stormy days, the drama of the ocean waves and threatening clouds allow for beautiful photographs. Sunny days or sunset are even better.
7. Icebergs in Newfoundland
Another of Canada’s most photographed annual spectacles is the current of icebergs flowing past the eastern shores each spring. Massive masses of ice float along, near enough to the shore to be easily photographed from the ground.
8. Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park in British Columbia is one of the most beautiful parks in western Canada, but is much less known than places like Banff or Jasper National Park. The alpine scenery of mountains, crystal clear lakes, meadows, and huge waterfalls offer unparalleled opportunities for photography. Emerald Lake is one of the highlights. Lake O’Hara is another gem, but access is restricted to a maximum number of visitors.
9. Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Along the western coast of Vancouver Island, the small town of Tofino is an off-road tourist town. Its remoteness is part of its appeal. Just outside this town is the Pacific Rim National Park, home to endless stretches of beach supported by stands of ancient fir trees and spruce trees.
Simple hiking trails allow access to this wilderness area, and picturesque oceanfront lodges are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the area. This is also the most popular surfing area in Canada. The prospects for photography are excellent.
10. Historic Streets of Quebec City
History is everything in this beautiful city. Old stone buildings and cobblestone streets make for lovely images. Quebec is equally beautiful in summer and winter, so you can plan a trip here any time. The narrow alleys and historic buildings are a dream for photographers.