Lake O’Hara | Canadian Rockies

Lake O’Hara is one of the most beautiful locations in the world … And the alpine circuit trail is arguably one of the best day hikes that you can ever experience. If you’re visiting this part of the world, I highly recommend putting this area on your itinerary.

We got extremely lucky with weather on the day we were scheduled for this once-in-a-lifetime hike (more on that in a future blog post … my wife is currently smiling). The storm held off and instead of getting the rain and thunderstorms that were forecasted we got spectacular skies filled with puffy white and building storm clouds.

The image below is toward the end of the alpine circuit looking out from Opabin Prospect with the Wiwaxy Peaks hovering over Lake O’Hara on the right and Odaray Mountain towards the left in the background. If you look closely at the lake, you can see a boat gliding through the turquoise blue water, which I think works perfectly to help give perspective of the massive mountains surrounding Lake O’Hara.


Lake O’Hara | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: Make sure to call ahead to book your Lake O’Hara permit, as they only allow a very limited number of day hikers into the region per day. Trust me, the hours spent on hold a few months before your trip is completely worth it when you’re hiking the alpine circuit. The alpine circuit is not easy, but is do able for most people. It starts with a difficult incline to Wiwaxy Gap (which is directly above the last ‘h’ in my watermark, where there is a small dip on the crest of the mountain), but then levels out throughout the rest of the way. Plus, you are experiencing one spectacular view after another, so the small inclines and declines are barely noticeable.

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.

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