I feel like couples often overlook Banff National Park as an elopement location, and honestly I can’t figure out why! I mean, maybe it’s less famous because it’s in Canada, so it doesn’t immediately jump to mind when someone thinks “national park”? But honestly, this lesser-known elopement spot offers incredible, rugged surroundings that are perfect for my adventure-minded couples out there!
Rocky Mountain peaks, clear blue glacial lakes, and a town that looks like it should be on a postcard. I mean, what more could you ask for in an elopement location? One of the most epic times to be in Banff is at sunrise, when the sun is slowly rising from behind the mountains! But, you have to know where to go to get the best views. I happen to know some of the best locations for a sunrise Banff elopement, so let’s check them out!
1. Moraine Lake
Can we talk about purple mountain majesty? Because that’s exactly what I think of when I see the sunrise from Moraine Lake! It’s one of those places that just looks fake. I mean, the turquoise blue waters tucked between these incredible mountains? No matter which season you visit, the views will be breathtaking! This spot is definitely best for a pretty small group, perfect for your elopement. If you’re considering inviting a handful of people, keep in mind that the top of the rock pile (where all the incredible pictures are) is pretty small and is best for groups under 20.
2. Mt. Charles
Are you big time adventurers, or maybe even adrenaline seekers? Mt. Charles is definitely going to be your kind of place. First, you have to take a helicopter and fly to the top of the mountain. That’s your epic elopement spot. The sunrise from this gorgeous Banff mountain top is absolutely amazing. If you’re considering a unique elopement location, I highly recommend Mt. Charles!
3. Lake Minnewanka
Lake Minnewanka is pretty much the epitome of the Canadian Rockies. While the views are gorgeous year-round, I think the best time for an elopement there is in the winter time! Between the sharp mountain peaks, the low clouds and the gray waters (usually turned to ice in the cold months), there’s something particularly peaceful about this part of Banff. Bonus- Lake Minnewanka is one of the best places in Banff to see the Northern Lights!
4. Tunnel Mountain Reservoir
If you’re going for a slightly more rustic, open fields-style elopement, then definitely check out Tunnel Mountain Reservoir. It’s just bordering the national park and has stunning views of Mount Rundle! Fair warning- this area isn’t serviced like some other parts of Banff, so it’s definitely a wilderness experience. (That means no bathrooms, power, or shelter) But honestly, I think the views more than make up for it!
5. Peyto Lake
Another spot with gorgeous turquoise blue waters, Peyto Lake isn’t quite as popular as Moraine Lake, even though it’s just as beautiful! The stunning views from up on the cliffs, high above the lake, provide the perfect backdrop for an adventurous elopement. No matter what time of year you go, Peyto Lake weather can be a bit iffy, so be prepared for anything! In the winter time, there are avalanches and access can be limited. If you’re looking for a snowy backdrop, keep in mind that Peyto Lake has had snow dustings as early as September, so you might luck out and get a winter-y scene for your fall elopement!
Planning to elope in Banff National Park?
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