NOTE: Morant’s curve is located within Banff National Park & a park pass is required to visit.
Take the Trans-Canada highway to the Lake Louise turn off. Head up the mountain towards the ski hill and take your first right onto the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A). Travel about 4 km to the Outlet Creek viewpoint (the sign is only visible when traveling east).
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Morant’s Curve is one of the most scenic places in the Rockies.
It was named after a gentleman named Nicholas Morant who worked as a photographer for CP Rail.
It’s a serene place to hang out, and if you have enough patience and aren’t in any particular hurry, you’ll eventually encounter a train rolling by down below.
It’s a beautiful sight from either direction.
The interesting thing I discovered is that if you make careful note of the time, you can go back over and over again and you’ll get a repeat performance again at that time on other days.
Use a tripod, if at all possible… the preferable shot is generally with a train coming around the bend from the west, headed east, but both directions photograph beautifully.
Take some time — you’ll certainly have more than enough of that.. LOL, and plan exactly where you want the locomotive to be in the photo.
If you have any sort of ‘motor drive’ on your camera start shooting about 5 seconds before it arrives at that point and about 5 seconds after it passes.
As you can see in my image there’s a small evergreen tree just ahead of the engine that would prove a bit distracting if it was in ‘front’ of and not ahead of.
Outlook Creek is beautiful, even just to listen to. There is a small parking lot there so you’re not parked tightly on the shoulder.
John Sharpe/ Sharpeshots