Vancouver Island Photography Tour
Landscape & Wildlife
Born and raised on Vancouver Island I spent most of my free time in the wilderness. Fishing, hiking and canoeing in remote rivers and lakes, I have a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of this part of the country and I have many stories to tell, and would love to share them with you on this trip of a lifetime.
This is a unique opportunity to experience the “Super Natural” beauty of Vancouver Island from the amazing wildlife opportunities at all locations on the island, to the ancient forests, waterfalls, lakes, quaint fishing villages, to the open coast lines and seascapes of Tofino, there’s something for everyone on Vancouver Island. During the 11 day adventure on the island we’ll take every opportunity to make the most of what’s on offer, with the freedom to explore more then you would be able to on a set tour. We transverse this large island from the South to North and from the East to West, and the coastal islands between the island and mainland. You’ll leave this adventure with a love for the island, great memories and a stunning portfolio of images.
Travel Vancouver Island with a Canadian, award winning landscape & travel photographer on a small group photography tour. This unique opportunity will offer you a great experience, and to learn from Aaron while we explore many of the beautiful locations on offer on the island as well as many hours of exploration while we chase the amazing scenery on offer.
Note: Having grown up and explored much of Vancouver Island I know it quite well, but I have not looked at it through the eyes of a photographer. This is a small group non-profit photography tour where we’ll explore together as a group and seek out locations that we’d like to shoot. There will be many planned excursions, but we’ll have plenty of time to scout and make decisions as a group, and of course you will have me at your beckon call throughout the tour to assist with photography and editing techniques to improve your skills.
Tour Dates: 4th to 15th August 2018
Duration: 11 Nights
Participants: Maximum of 4 Participants – 1 Spot Available
Fitness: Easy to Moderate (No Rigorous Hiking Required)1
Image Courtesy of Tide Rip Grizzly Adventures
Day 1: Vancouver (1 night)
All guests arrive in Vancouver and stay in a hotel near the airport to unwind and recover after their journey.
Day 2 – 4: Campbell River (3 nights)
We’ll pack up and transfer to Campbell River on Vancouver Island (where I was born and raised), taking the BC Ferry across to Nanaimo. We will be driving on the Old Island Highway on the East Coast of the island, which is approximately a 1.5 hour drive, taking plenty of opportunities to stop along the way.
Campbell River is a big tourism destination and dubbed “The Salmon Capital of the World”. Therefore, a popular destination, attracting salmon fisherman from all around the world. From the beauty of the islands throughout the Discovery Passage to the sweeping views of the Coastal Mountains on the Mainland, it is truly beautiful destination. There is an abundance of wildlife, coastal seascapes and inland landscapes to be explored.
While in Campbell River we’ll be taking two wildlife tours, including a whale watching tour where we’ll be on the hunt (not literally) for the beautiful Orca Whales. There’s a high likelihood along the way we’ll see plenty of other wildlife, including eagles perched on seaside trees, dolphins and sea lions. We are also planning a special trip where we head out in a boat to a local bay and coax the eagles to dive for fish, getting some incredible shots of the amazing birds in action.
Day 5 – 6: Telegraph Cove (2 nights)
After breakfast in Campbell River, we’ll pack up for the 2.5 hour drive North to the quaint and picturesque small village of Telegraph Cove. There will be plenty of opportunity during our drive to Telegraph Cove to stop and explore much of the amazing scenery we’ll pass along the way. Telegraph Cove is located on the North East of Vancouver Island and accesses the Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago. A village of approximately 20 people, got it’s name back in the early 1900’s when it was established as a linesman station for the Telegraph. It’s a beautiful location with old buildings built out over the water on pilings, and is now a popular tourist destination for adventurers and wildlife tours.
On our drive to Telegraph Cove there will be plenty of opportunity during to stop and explore much of the amazing scenery we’ll pass along the way and find our perfect spot for sunset on that evening. On the next morning we’ll depart on our 9 hour Bear Watching Tour, into the wild and stunningly gorgeous Knights Inlet, the largest inlet on the South Coast of British Columbia. Once at our destination we’ll transfer to open air skiffs, allowing us to get much closer to the wildlife. On our return from this adventure we’ll unwind at the resort and decide as a group what we’d like to do for sunset or sunrise the next morning.
Image Courtesy of Tide Rip Grizzly Tours
Day 7 – 9: Tofino (3 nights)
After an early breakfast in Telegraph Cove, we’ll pack up and make our way to the West Coast of Vancouver Island and the very beautiful small town of Tofino. This will be our longest drive on the trip, taking about 6 hours. During the drive we’ll pass Cathedral Grove, a rare and endangered Douglas Fir ecosystem. Some of the trees in the forest are up to 800 years old and reach heights of 75m (250ft) and are 9m or (27ft) in circumference, a sight not to be missed. We’ll also pass by this forest when we head from Tofino to Victoria, so there will be another opportunity to stop and explore.
Tofino is a small town on the west coast. It sprawls on a peninsula within Clayoquot Sound, characterised by wild natural scenery including lakes, inlets and ancient rainforest. Sandy beaches with year-round surfing facilities include Cox Bay, Chesterman Beach and popular Long Beach, part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The scenery in and around Tofino is some of the most exquisite on the island with excellent wildlife and landscape photographic opportunities.
During one of the days in Tofino we’ll take a wildlife tour, with the opportunity to see all types of wildlife from bears, whales, seals, eagles and more. During the remainder of our time we’ll explore the expansive beaches, forests, lakes and rivers around Tofino and Uculet. The light in this area carries on well into the evening giving the opportunity for some stunning blue hour photography. As a group we’ll decide where we want to photograph sunrises and sunsets during our few days there.
Day 10: Victoria (1 night)
After breakfast we’ll pack up and make our way to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. I lived in Victoria for 17 years before my move to Australia in 2003, and it holds a place close to my heart. Victoria is a beautiful city, but with a small town feel. While in Victoria we’ll tour around and I’ll show you many of the attractions in the city. In the evening the inner harbour of the city comes to life with the majestic Empress Hotel and Parliament Buildings lighting up.
We’ll visit Butchart Gardens, one of the most expansive and beautiful gardens in the world on Day 11, during our transfer back to Vancouver.
Day 11: Victoria – Vancouver (1 night)
After breakfast we’ll pack up and make our way to Butchart Gardens, where we’ll stop and visit these impressive gardens for the better part of the morning and afternoon. You can’t help but be impressed by the work that’s gone into making this one of the most spectacular gardens in the world.
Departing Butchart Gardens we’ll make our way to the ferry terminal for our return back to Vancouver. We’ll look to catch the ferry a little later in the evening, to give us some nice soft light during the ferry ride and an opportunity to take photos of the islands. Arriving back in Vancouver at our hotel our photography trip will have reached an end. We’ll say goodbye to what is sure to have been an incredible 11 days of exploration and photography.
- All Accommodation (11 Nights)
- Organised transport for all locations during the tour, including BC Ferries.
- Whale Watching Tour in Campbell River
- Eagle Tour in Campbell River
- 9-hour Bear Watching Tour in Telegraph Cove
- Wildlife Tour in Tofino
- Entry to Butchart Gardens in Victoria
- Breakfast when included in accommodation only.
- Flights to and from starting point (Vancouver)
- Gratuities / Tips
- Any transport or trips not detailed above.
- Meals with the exception of when it’s included in our accommodation.
- Travel Insurance (This must be obtained before acceptance to the tour)
- Camera Equipment (you will need to supply your own camera, lenses, tripod, etc…)
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, Wi-Fi (when not included at hotels), entry fees to sites not listed in the tour itinerary.
$5050.00 CAD (Canadian) per person Based on Double Occupancy **For Guests Travelling in Pairs
Single Supplement: $1300.00 CAD (Canadian) for those requesting a room on their own or not travelling with another paying tour guest.
1. At the time of booking a $1000.00 AUD non-refundable deposit is required. Deposits will be returned if the tour is cancelled for any reason.
2. 1st of February 2018, a second payment of $1000.00 AUD is required. This will also be refunded if the tour is cancelled for any reason.
3. Final payment is required on or before the 15th of May 2018.
Alternate payment plans can be arranged. If this is of interest, please contact me using the Contact Form below.
Note: payments made by credit card through Paypal attract a 2.5% fee
RESERVE YOUR PLACE
Use the “Add to Cart” button below to pay by Credit Card through Paypal (no account required) or if you’d prefer to pay by direct deposit, please contact me using the form below.