Photo of the Week — Elk in Banff National Park

Posted April 29, 2012 by Julia Pelish in Alberta

An elk roams near the roadside in Banff National Park, home to 3,200 of the animals. (Julia Pelish/

Wildlife viewing is one of the big draws of Banff National Park and in May the viewing is often at its best. With elk females giving birth, there are plenty of opportunities to see moms interacting with babies, a special sight. These ungulates are found throughout the park. There are more than 3,200 of them, making the elk the most common large animal in this jewel of Alberta. It’s not unusual to see them walking down the centre of town or on the Bow Valley Parkway. Although they’re not likely to attack humans, the elk are large and powerful and shouldn’t be approached, especially when they have newborns near. That said, they do know how to mug for the camera, so you should have plenty of opportunities to photograph these majestic and uniquely Canadian creatures.

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Julia Pelish

A photographer who has worked in the largest media markets in Canada and the U.S., Julia’s travel photos and videos have been featured prominently in the Toronto Star and been exhibited in galleries in Toronto, New York and Vancouver. Her new line of photo jewelry was inspired by her travels. Even though she is an American, one of her favourite travel experiences was spending Canada Day 2000 on Parliament Hill, joining in a parade with then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien and others. Julia is’s Visuals Editor. See her work at

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