As a photographer, I love discovering places that are less well-known and off your typical tourist radar. There’s always something magical about exploring a new area for the first time…even better if the place is outside the ever-expanding reach of cell towers and Wi-Fi.
The Tonquin Valley in Alberta, Canada is one such place. Located right on the Continental Divide, precisely at the border of the British Columbia and Alberta’s border, the valley is home to the surreal Amethyst Lake which sits at the bottom of a huge mountain range called The Ramparts. This summer, I had the chance to explore the area for 3 days with a group of friends. The fact that we were totally off the grid allowed us to disconnect completely and explore this amazing place.
We stayed at the Tonquin Valley Lodge and, to be honest, one of the highlights of the trip were the homemade blueberry pancakes we had for breakfast every morning. That and, the rush of adrenaline we got every morning when we jumped out of bed to photograph sunrise on The Ramparts!