Breathtaking View of Banff From Mount Norquay

W hile in Banff, you can spend a few minutes to drive the twisty road up Mount Norquay — which is better known for its skiing in the winter — but you do not have to pay to take in the view of Banff and the surrounding mountains, where you can stay as long as you like.

Breathtaking View of Banff From Mount Norquay

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

All you have to do is drive up the mountain until you see a small parking area on the right on one of the hairpin turns — no hiking is required to access the viewpoint — and if you reach the gate to officially enter Mount Norquay, you drove a little too far.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Just beyond the aforementioned observation area on Mount Norquay is a grassy hillside where you can relax and enjoy the view of Banff and the mountains which surround it.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

This is a closer view of the town of Banff.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

South of the downtown area of Banff is the Fairmont Banff Springs Resort, which looms in the upper half of the above photograph.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The photograph above shows an even closer view of the downtown area of Banff.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

This is a view of the exit off of Trans-Canada Highway 1, which is Mount Norquay Road. Go south to head directly into the town of Banff; but go north to head up Mount Norquay.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

This view is east northeast of the downtown area of Banff.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

I intend to post some photographs of Banff itself when I was there and stayed at the Delta Hotels Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, which is located near this area shown in the photograph above.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The Bow River lazily wends its way through the heart of Banff.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

I did not stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs Resort.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

These mountains of the Sundance Range are located south of Banff, which is in the valley.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

One of the Vermillion Lakes can be seen from Mount Norquay. I intend to post photographs of them in a future article.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

This view of Banff from Mount Norquay was taken at approximately 8:00 in the evening.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

You get an excellent view of the unmistakable Mount Rundle from Mount Norquay, with the smaller Tunnel Mountain in the foreground.

Play Time For Me

I rarely effect effects to affect my photographs; but I have always wanted to try something known as the Tilt-Shift effect — and the following two photographs allowed me to experiment with this effect.

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

This is the same photograph of the town of Banff which you saw earlier in this article — but with the tilt-shift effect affecting it, Banff now looks like a toy…

View of Banff From Mount Norquay

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

…as is the case with this photograph as well.

Summary

Mount Norquay itself was not open yet to the public for its summer season when I visited, as the gates were closed when I drove further up Mount Norquay Road; but the observation area is open as long as the road to it is open as well — and there is no cost to view Banff and its surroundings…

…but if you do arrive in the summer and want to experience what Mount Norquay has to offer, you can find out information and details here. Be aware, though, that some of the activities are not free of charge.

I would advise arriving at this viewpoint either at or after dawn or before dusk for the best lighting for photographs.

All photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “Breathtaking View of Banff From Mount Norquay”

  1. Cipta says:

    Beautiful! Got any feedback from the ESA candidates yet?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      No, Cipta, because on second thought, I was rather sheepish in trying to bear with goating those animals in recruiting them to be my own personal emotional support animal.

      Then again, I might regret it for the rest of my deer life. I suppose it moose not have meant to be…

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