Morant’s Curve is located on the western end of the Bow Valley Parkway near Lake Louise. It’s a beautiful spot that the railway passes through. The location was made famous by Nicholas Morant, a staff photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He took photographs for the company during the middle of the 20th century.
Images of trains traveling through this spot were used for many CPR promotional materials. Some patience is required if you want a shot with a train in it. It’s well worth the wait, especially if you can get an eastbound train in the morning light. The view of the curving Bow River and the mountains in the background makes for a stunning photo.
How To Find Morant’s Curve
There is no sign marking the spot. The quickest way to get to the location is at the western end of the Bow Valley Parkway. It’s on the opposite side of the Trans Canada Hwy across from the village of Lake Louise. Cross over the highway as if you are heading to the ski hill. Take the first right that is marked Bow Valley Parkway. Morant’s Curve will be approximately five minutes driving time. It can be a little tricky to see the location heading eastbound because the view through the clearing in the trees faces in the opposite direction from what you are traveling.
Coming from Banff you can access the other end of the parkway from the Trans Canada Highway just a few minutes west from the town of Banff. Signs clearly mark the exit. As you get closer to the Lake Louise end of the parkway the clearing will be the first opening along the road that allows you to see the river, mountains and railway tracks. It will be approximately 55 minutes driving time from Banff.