La Plume Noire Photography

The Quintessential Canadian Experience

As a child growing up, I was fascinated by photographs of turquoise lakes and soaring mountains. Back then it was probably heaven to me. To be surrounded by mother nature is pure bliss. It’s been a long time coming, but I finally had the chance to see my ‘heaven‘.

We alighted from The Rocky Mountaineer and arrived at Banff National Park. The town of Banff is a small, but charming community. With an elevation of 4,537 ft, you could definitely feel the cold. We arrived in Banff to a cloudy sky, but no regrets so far. I have certainly achieved part of my childhood dreams.

The tour around Banff was beautiful. Imagine waking up to mountains, blue-green lakes and trees every day. To be at one with nature. You truly could not ask for more. Go look out your window right now, and what do you see? All I can see are buildings and the city lights. I would give anything to be back seeing mountains again.

A visit to Banff would not be complete without seeing Lake Louise. I only wish that I had the chance to spend more time there. Lake Louise is probably one of the most famous lakes around Canada. Named after Queen Victoria’s daughter Louise, the emerald lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. At the time I visited, the lake was only beginning to melt. Of course, I would have loved the chance to see the green-blue lake in its entirety.

If you wish to explore more, I suggest you stay at the Fairmont Château Lake Louise. Situated on the eastern shore of Lake Louise, it is the perfect wake up call to enjoy the rest of your day.



  1. Oh my daze, these photos are absolutely you-know-what fantastic! For some reason, I love the second one from the top which looks so delightfully vintage. Your new theme shows them off beautifully. This should get Fresh Pressed!

    • If I could hug you and shake you right now I would. Thank you for your delightful comment 🙂

      One of these days, I am hoping to get Freshly Pressed. I’m already thinking of creating a Freshly Pressed Badge.

  2. Yes, this is a famous area to show Canadian’s magnificent wilderness. I’m just less than 150 kms. south of Banff.

    We’ve been to Banff and Lake Louise area several times over the years –all seasons (did I say that already on your blog??) My blog does cover our snowshoeing trip this past winter. You’re welcome to contact me with any questions…

    Enjoy yourselves!

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  4. Wow… your photos are so vivid. You can actually feel the fresh cold air. I m a freelance writer by profession and very recently had to write a piece on Banff… so this really brought back my silent wish that if ever I visit Canada, I m going straight to Banff… cya round the presses…

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