Novelist Eudora Welty once said, “a good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” These days these moments are captured on a multitude of platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Facebook and Instagram. Of all of these, Instagram, to me is one of the easiest-to-use, most positive in terms of engagement.
We have a wealth of fantastic photographers from Canada who traipse through both the true north strong and free and beyond, immortalizing animals, landscapes and people. Since it’s Friday and the window to your weekend of (hopefully) relaxing, chilling and perhaps some Instagram scrolling, here are my top 10 Canadian travel photographers, in no particular order. Leigh McAdam of HikeBikeTravel may well be one of the busiest Canadian bloggers out there. She captures landscapes and vignettes from her travels throughout our super natural backyard – the country’s National and Provincial parks.
Our lunch spot today kayaking among the 10000 islands in the Georgian Bay #kayaking #discoverontario A photo posted by Leigh McAdam (@hikebiketravel) on
Maurice Li is a Vancouver-based photographer who travels above and around Canada by air, rail and foot to capture both wild and urban views. He’s followed royals around the country and is the leader of a photography collective called Stay and Wander.
Silent Marina III #stayandwander A photo posted by Maurice Li (@maurice) on
Paul Nicklen is a National Geographic photographer and one of the founders of the iLCP (International League of Conservation Photographers) a posse that uses their images and voice to speak out on environmental issues. A champ in my books.
After spending weeks of camping on the sea ice, I finally took off in my ultralight airplane with my friend and ace pilot, Brian Knutsen. We expected to see a few Narwhals from the air but never did I expect to find a large group of male Narwhal surrounded by the most stunning pattern and shape in the sea ice. #unicornsofthesea #unicorn #narwhal #whale #nature #gratitude A photo posted by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) on
Alberta isn’t just steak and potatoes. We visited Chef @roy_ohhhhhh at @anjurestaurant for his Korean small plates. It was so hard to pick a favourite but I loved the crispy tofu, pork belly, maple sesame kimchi, citrus aioli. #ExploreAlberta #capturecalgary A photo posted by Ayngelina Brogan (@ayngelina) on
Abdul Majid is an Edmonton resident who makes my hometown and province look pretty darn fine. Props to my hometown photo hero.
River valley fall colors . . #yeggers #exploreedmonton #ExploreAlberta #exploreCanada #totescanadian #enjoycanada #imagesofcanada #tourcanada A photo posted by Abdulmajid (@majid.photos) on
A writer, traveller and frequent cool brand ambassador, Celeste Moure takes dreamy, personal shots of her adventures at home and away.
Young kids in the military visiting the museum of fine art in Havana. #Cuba #wanderlust #travelporn #travelstoke #traveldeeper #takemethere #vsco #vscocam #CityLimitless #moajourneys #mytinyatlas A photo posted by Celeste Moure (@ontippytoes) on
Feel like going for a hike but stuck at home/in the office/in a store line up? Go on a virtual trek with the gals of Hike365, a hiking posse based in Canmore, Alberta. Talk about Rocky Mountain High.
This moment right here sums up what we are all about at Hike365! Here’s to meeting new friends + sharing in new adventures all the days of the year! #hike365july#keepjumbowild#hike365 📷: @picobac | Hut Trip Purcells B.C. #keeperwild A photo posted by Hike365 • Canmore CAD Rockies (@hike365) on
Rob Prins is a collector of moments. Rural prairie, seaside, glowing sunshiny or moody grey moments.
hello fall A photo posted by rob prins (@rob_prins_) on
Pops of yellow in Quebec and Ontario. Anne McIsaac or Yello Willow is a designer who finds the warm, pops of light where ever she goes.
@theworldisallthatisthecase saying to himself: ‘so it’s true what they say…’ And thank you @gummyting for showing us this cute neighbourhood! #seetorontonow #streetsoftoronto A photo posted by Anne McIsaac (@yellowillow) on
What do you get when you pair two iconic Canuck emblems – a Toque & Canoe? An award-winning travel blog and instagram account full of Canadiana.
One of our favourite photos from 2014. #ferniestoke #bbcdoctorwho #scarf #ski #explorebc #explorecanada @tourismfernie @hellobc @explorecanada #canada A photo posted by Kim Gray (@toqueandcanoe) on
Who are your favourite travel instagrammers? Share your faves in the comments below.
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