As Johnston Creek approaches the Bow River, it flows through a large canyon formed by erosion over thousands of years. The creek has cut through the limestone rock to form sheer canyon walls, as well as waterfalls, tunnels, and pools.
A popular hiking trail follows the canyon and leads to a meadow within the Johnston Valley above the canyon. The first part of the trail consists of a constructed walkway with safety rails and bridges, while the last part of the trail is natural and more rugged. Within the meadow are the Ink Pots, which are six blue-green spring-fed pools.
Ice climbing is a popular activity on the frozen waterfalls in winter. The route & various platforms along the trail provide an interesting and easily-accessible route for film crews to shoot hikers or ice climbers in action.
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As well as its impressive appearance, Castle Mountain possesses and interesting history. It was named in 1858 for its castle-like appearance. From 1946 to 1979, however, it was known as Mount Eisenhower in honour of the World War II general Dwight D. Eisenhower. Public pressure caused its original name to be restored, but a pinnacle on the southeastern side of the mountain was named Eisenhower Tower. Located nearby are the remains of Silver City, a 19th century mining settlement, and the Castle Mountain Internment Camp in which persons deemed enemy aliens and suspected enemy sympathizers were confined during World War I.
Aptly named Castle Mountain rises high above the Bow Valley Parkway offering a striking backdrop for both static or motion b-roll. The mountain appears perfectly framed by the trees at various points along the paved parkway, growing increasingly impressive as you approach its imposing slopes.
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Morant’s Curve is located on the western end of the Bow Valley Parkway near Lake Louise. It’s a beautiful spot through which the railway passes alongside the meandering Bow River with the mountains in the background. The location was made famous by Nicholas Morant, a staff photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway who took photographs of the trains for the CPR as they chugged through the area during the middle of the 20th century.
Some patience is required if you want a shot with a train in it, although you can check the schedule for the Rocky Mountaineer to determine when this award-winning, luxury passenger train might pass by this area. It’s well worth the wait, especially if you can get an eastbound train in the morning light. The view of the curving Bow River and the mountains in the background makes for stunning footage.