Iconic Canadian Destinations
Canada’s most iconic destinations are also the playground of the adventurous. Spy on arctic fox in the Yukon, climb the Bear’s Hump for epic views of Canada's beautiful Waterton Lakes in Alberta, or cruise cozy fishing villages in Nova Scotia as if you’re living within a watercolor painting. From the world's most incredible mountains to epic oceanscapes, from coast-to-coast and sea-to-sea, Canada's iconic destinations are simply stunning.

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Through the Lens at Maligne Lake

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Spirit Island is an iconic Canadian Rockies location (and, yes, I hate using the word "iconic" unless it’s accurate). Peter Gales’ image of Spirit Island hung in Kodak’s Colorama showcase in NYC’s Grand Central Station throughout the 1940s; it's featured in Travel Alberta’s "Remember to Breathe" video; and it’s used to market the Canadian Rockies internationally.

It takes patience and good fortune to create a unique image in a place considered Canada’s second most photographed landscape. The "Through the Lens" Cruise gives amateur and professional photographers such an opportunity. While in the boat, photography instructors talk technique and composition with aspiring photographers and challenge seasoned pros to try new perspectives. Once the group arrives at Spirit Island, everyone spends an hour framing the perfect image of Spirit Island.

The cruise experience hasn’t changed much since Jasper National Park pioneers Curly Philips and Fred Brewster set up shop at Maligne Lake in the 1920s. It's little wonder why.

From $62. 1-780-852-3370.

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by Jeff Bartlett
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