Mystical Herbert Lake On The Icefields Parkway

Herbert Lake, Canada

Apologies for the radio silence over the last couple of weeks! But I’ve been fortunate enough to spend them travelling around Canada. What an awe-inspiring place for landscape photography – I took so many photos! And I’m so excited to start sharing them with you over the coming weeks.

Our first stop driving the famous Icefields Parkway through the Canadian Rockies was Herbert Lake. The overcast skies that had left us slightly disappointed as we started our journey created an incredible atmosphere over the water and to the mountains beyond.

The clouds were moving at a pace and seemed to create a completely different view each time I looked out, hiding and revealing the peaks as they went. I took many wider shots but felt that the isolation of this single mountain face by the cloud created a more focused scene.

I brightened the image up a bit and boosted the contrast to try and give a more mystical, fantasy feel to the image which is exactly how I felt standing in that spot. It was the perfect start to what must be one of the greatest scenic drives on our planet.

18 thoughts on “Mystical Herbert Lake On The Icefields Parkway

  1. Tom Schultz

    I have not thought about this place in so long, although I have visited several times. A beautiful capture! And I absolutely agree that the Icefields Parkway is one of the greatest scenic drives on the planet, though I might remove “one of the” from that formulation. My favorite spot: the Big Hill. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Tom, I think I agree about removing “one of the” as well. It’s certainly the most scenic drive I’ve ever done myself. And the view from Big Hill is spectacular, you have a good memory! My pleasure, happy to bring back some fond memories for you!

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      1. Tom Schultz

        I’ll never forget driving over the Big Hill with a friend who was a geology student at the time. “This is a perfect example of glaciation, ” he exclaimed. Indeed.

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  2. Stacy P. Fischer

    I was fortunate to drive part of the Klondike Highway in Alaska a few summers ago. I thought THAT was an amazing scenic route but if the rest of your shots look like this one, this drive might top it! I think you’re right, though, that the cloud cover as it was adds to that mysterious quality that surrounds towering, snow-covered, majestic mountains 🙂 Beautiful, Ben. What a wonderful opportunity you had.

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    1. Ben Post author

      That sounds fantastic! I’d love to go back and head further north into Yukon and Alaska, even more remote and untouched. What was your favourite part of that trip?

      I just love the mountains, and the changeable weather makes them all the better (so long as I’m not hiking in the rain). I have to say the Canadian Rockies were much more spectacular than what we have here in Europe.

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  3. Lucy Dodsworth

    Looks stunning, and look forward to seeing more photos. I spent a week in British Columbia earlier this month and really fell in love with Canada, have got to get back to see more.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Lucy – where did you travel to in BC? We spent a week there, between Whistler, Tofino and Vancouver. We loved it there too, everybody was so genuinely friendly. I think it helped being British, we got a free bus ride out of it!

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      1. Lucy Dodsworth

        We started in Victoria then travelled up Vancouver Island to Campbell River and on up to Port Hardy and out into the Great Bear Rainforest to go bear-watching, then back to Vancouver. Bit of a whistle-stop trip but a great country.

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        1. Ben Post author

          Wow you ventured quite far north on Vancouver Island then, was it worth the trip? I’ve not heard of the Great Bear Rainforest but it sounds pretty cool!

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