Mistaya Canyon

Mistaya River in light snow

Mistaya River in light snow

Our hosts told us to visit Mistaya Canyon on our way to Banff and a hiker coming back out of the canyon as we arrived, confirmed that it was well worth the steep downhill path and the (equally steep!) trek back up.

We had also been told to visit Peyto lake, which is an amazing colour of azure, and the source of the Mistaya River. The road into Peyto Lake was not marked, so it was probably not yet open for the season.

Read all about it! The forces of falling water.

Read all about it! The forces of falling water.

Juniper berries

Juniper berries

Mistaya River and rapids

Mistaya River and rapids


19 comments on “Mistaya Canyon

  1. Always wanted to visit Banff. This makes me want to push it up on the bucket list. Nice images!

    • BuntyMcC says:

      Thanks Craig That whole area: Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks and the Icefields Parkway (and all its side attractions) are well worth a visit.

  2. It is gorgeous! I’d make the hike back up for this view too. 🙂

  3. stephpep56 says:

    Looks incredible, I’ve never been to canada, A lovely way to see it through your photo’s. 🙂

    • BuntyMcC says:

      Thanks Steph. Some of my wandering is in Canada, lots of it elsewhere. But I’m in the midst of a series on Alberta and BC in Canada’s west – and I often insert pictures from around my home in Prince Edward Island, on the east coast.

  4. inesephoto says:

    Great photographs. I read about the river, it is amazing how powerful the water can be.

  5. i went here once when i was at a wilderness photography workshop at the Banff Centre…it was so beautiful…you captured so many great spaces on your travels Bunty 🙂

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