Two Jack Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

Photo of the Week: Two Jacks Lake

Two Jack Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

Two Jacks Lake in the magnificent Banff National Park in Alberta. (Julia Pelish/

Photo by Julia Pelish Visuals Editor

It’s been a few years since I have been in Banff National Park, but the lakes and mountains still loom in my mind as some of the most magnificent scenery I have ever seen. I should say experienced because being in nature that is this grand and immense involves more of yourself than merely seeing. The evening my husband and I drove past this vista, we spotted eagles flying into the pine trees and decided to pull over. After turning off our car, the only sounds echoing off the lake was the wind and the call of birds — no cars, sirens or people. Even we sat in silence in order to let it all sink in. It is hard to describe the peaceful feeling one can attain just by looking. For a few moments there, I could accept the ancient wisdom that there are spirits inherent in the elements and felt tiny and whole at the same time.

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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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