The last couple months have been an exciting time. So many adventures, so may beautiful places. I wanted to share my trip to Mount Assiniboine and the gorgeous lodge there.
Mount Assiniboine is just over the BC/Alberta border on the BC side, there are two ways to get there, hiking the 26km in or taking a heli. I took the heli! Now there are three ways to stay out in this area, a campground, cabins or the lodge. All have their different perks but I went with the lodge, it was amazing. The owners and the staff were incredible, always friendly and excited about the day, super helpful and man oh man the food was insanely good.
Now, I went in early Sept. hoping to get some of the colour change of the larches but I was to early, the trees just began to change. There was no shortage of beautiful spots to go however. The first day I went for a hike with no camera gear just to check out the area and picked a few spots to go, along the way I met a few couples that loved the outdoors and photography as much as I do. We wondered around and found some cool spots, we swapped stories of places we had been as we walked back to the lodge.
That evening since everything was clear (not a single cloud in the sky) I decided to skip shooting sunset and wait to shoot the milky way. I went to bed early to get some rest and then woke up around 1:30am and went out and to my surprise there sky was lit up with aurora. It was an incredible moment being out in such dark skies watching the aurora dance. I set up and took a series of shots and until it stopped, then composed my milky way shot over mount Assiniboine. Once I was happy with what I shot I went back in for a few more hours of sleep before sunrise.
I woke up about an hour before sunrise and met up with a fellow photographer out front of the lodge and hiked 1km to the shore of Lake Magog, it sits at the foot of mount Assiniboine. There wasn't a lot of snow from the last winter so the water level was really low, this made it challenging for a good foreground because all we had were rocks, the windy was very strong so the surface of the water was very turbulent. So much that we were getting small white cap waves. I finally found a large rock that I could use for a foreground element and set up, got all my gear in place and then waited for the show. Large puffy clouds were rolling in from behind Assiniboine and as they did the sunrise did her magic lighting them up with beautiful colours.
The next morning it was time to prep for leaving, my heli out was at 2, so I was able to sleep in, pack and even edit some images. I wrapped up with shooting a few of the cabins for their website and sadly said goodbye to everyone I met. As we loaded up for the heli it was bitter sweet Anik and Claude the owners and operators of the lodge were there loading gear and saying goodbye. These are truly amazing people, truly amazing spirits.
If you are ever looking for an amazing mountain experience, some time away from the crowds of people and distractions of technology, book a stay at Mount Assiniboine you won't regret it!
Thank you to all the amazing staff that made the trip that much better and thank you to all the amazing people I met along the way. It was awesome swapping stories and making new friends. I hope you are all well!