Visiting Calgary for the Stampede? Need a break from all the farm animals? Why not take a drive to the mountains and do some rail fanning at Morant’s curve?
Nicholas Morant was a photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway. This particular point on the mainline became known as “Morant’s Curve” as it was one of his favorite photo spots.
NOTE: Morrant’s curve is located within Banff National Park & a park pass is required to visit.
Take the Trans-Canada highway to the Lake Louise turn off. Head up the mountain towards the ski hill and take your first right onto the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A). Travel about 4 km to the Outlet Creek viewpoint (the sign is only visible when traveling east).
GPS coordinates: N 51 deg 23.980 min W 116 deg 07.638 min
If you’ve made it this far, consider driving on to Field, B.C. where the highway follows the legendary Big Hill, replaced by the famous Spiral Tunnels. A viewpoint for the lower tunnels is easily accessed off the Trans-Canada highway, while the viewpoint for the upper tunnel is located about 2.5 km in on the Takkakaw Falls road. CP still maintains a yard in Field if you want to check out some rolling stock & locos.
Want to annoy your friends? Call it Morant’s Bend…….. 😉