|The Ramparts reflected in Amethyst Lake at dawn.|
|The Ramparts reflected in Amethyst Lake at sun|
There are two prime campgrounds in the valley, Surprise Point Campground and Amethyst Campground. Both are very scenic and offer excellent views of The Ramparts above Amethyst Lakes. Amethyst Campground is more popular, and in my opinion, offering the better view and composition. Nonetheless, I have seen beautiful images from Surprise Point as well. Maybe you will need to visit both!
|The Ramparts reflected in Amethyst Lake.|
|The Ramparts reflected in a tarn in Tonquin Valley.|
If staying at Sunrise Point, the area near the bridge entering the campground offers excellent foreground as rocks abound along the shore and in the shallow water.
The Tonquin Valley is best suited for wide-angle lenses. My 17-40mm was my most used lens, with my 24-70mm coming in second. I also hauled in my 70—200mm for wildlife, hoping to catch a grizzly bear or caribou. My only grizzly encounter was at the trailhead parking lot the night before while I was sleeping. As mentioned above, with the new presence of a wolf pack in the valley, the caribou are believed to have mostly left. I probably would leave the large glass at home next time in consideration of the weight.
|The Ramparts above Tonquin Valley.|
You will want both a 2-stop and 3-stop GND filter. I would also recommend a polarizer. If you are into star photography, the Tonquin Valley is an excellent place for star shots as well as the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). You might even have a wolf follow you back to your tent as I did!
Enjoy your visit to this fantastic slice of heaven. Life slows down here. It’s okay to slow down with it.
To view more images of the area, visit my Canadian Rockies Gallery.
As always thanks for reading!