Matt Purciel Photography
Vermilion Lakes Sunrise

Vermilion Lakes Sunrise

Just outside the mountain town of Banff in Alberta Canada are the Vermilion Lakes, a string of sprawling lakes and marshes. But in the winter it freezes over except for a few pools fed by hot springs on the edge of the third Vermilion Lake that keeps the ice from completely freezing over. That morning we made it just in time, as we rushed to Banff and off to the Vermilion Lakes looking for those hot springs. And we found a nice hole in the ice with a perfect mirrored reflection of Mount Rundle. As the sunrise began the sky lite up in the most amazing colors I’ve ever seen. Winter sunrises get the best light; a Vermilion Lakes sunrise is worth getting up early for!