Morant’s Curve

by on Jul.04, 2010, under Blog

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.

Directions:
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…….. ;)

Looking East at Morant's Curve

Morant"s Curve

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