2018 Pacific Northwest Wildlife, Rainforests and Seascapes

Step into the land of the “Group of Seven” painters and capture the essence of the Pacific Northwest. Our destination, Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia.

The Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, typifies the majesty of the Pacific Northwest, boasting flawless natural beauty accentuated by a tapestry of vibrant communities and wildlife beyond compare.

This area inspires many renowned artists and artisans, who honour the magic of this land by bringing it into the physical realm. Add to that a climate that summons outdoor enthusiasts from all corners of the Earth and it is clear that Vancouver Island is poised to please any photographer, regardless of your level.

Dates of Workshop:

Dates: August 12, 2018 to August 18, 2018

Please schedule your arrivals so you can be picked up before noon on day one of the workshops. Plan your departure on the last on any flight departing after 6pm on the last day.

Flights should be scheduled into Vancouver Airport.

Instructors

Kevin Pepper

Payment Information

Price for the workshop: $4295USD for a maximum of 5 people

Deposit to secure your place in the workshop is $750USD with balance due 90 days before trip runs

What’s Included

All accommodation in two or three bedroom cabins in Ucluelet where you will have your own room, two or three bedroom cabins in Port Renfrew where you will have your own room, two ferry rides, all meals, all National park entrance fees, all Provincial park entry fees, 16 hours of wildlife viewing on different boats for Black Bears, Sea Lions, Orca, Humpback Whales, Seals and Bald Eagles in Cowichan Bay and Tofino, transportation during workshop, photography mentorship from a seasoned workshop leader and unlimited laughter. 

What’s Not Included?

Flights to British Columbia, items of personal nature, alcohol, laundry, travellers insurance, extra nights if needed.

Photos From Our Locations

Itinerary of Our Workshop

Day One – August 12, 2018

You will be picked up at noon at the Vancouver Airport or your hotel.  

Today we head west to Tofino and Ucluelet. We depart from Vancouver in the morning and head to the ferry terminal north of Vancouver. Here we take a ferry ride across to Nanaimo. Then onward west towards Tofino

On the way we will stop at Cathedral Grove. Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Here visitors can stroll through a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas-fir trees, majestic pillars untouched by the modern world – some more than 800 years old.

We will arrive in Ucluelet in the afternoon and check into our cabins for the next few nights.

After we check in walk part of the Wild Pacific Trail. This easy, family-friendly trail traces the edge of reefs where shipwrecks, whales and vistas abound. You will be enthralled by Vancouver Island’s dramatic beauty and helpful interpretive signs will enrich your visit to Ucluelet’s famous 9km trail network. A perfect destination for photographers

Tonight we will visit one of the secluded beaches or inlets for a sunset photo session.

Stay in two or three bedroom cabins in Ucluelet
 
Day Two – August 13, 2018

Today at low tide we will go and photograph the black bears. Resident bears come down to the beaches at low tide to forage for such beach delicacies as rock crab, starfish and even a bit of kelp. They are an absolute pleasure to watch from the boat and thanks to their poor eyesight they are usually unaware of our presence so long as we keep quiet and a respectable distance up wind.

We will once again walk part of the Wild Pacific Trail and go photograph the area beaches between Tofino and Ucluelet. You will be photographing crashing waves, surfers riding the crashing surf and endless beaches long into the night as the sun sets before you. This is another perfect destination for photographers

During high sun we will spend some time back at our accommodation location and spend some time going through our images.

Tonight we will once again visit one of the secluded beaches for a sunset photo session.

Stay in two bedroom cabins in Ucluelet
 
Day Three – August 14, 2018

Today at low tide we will go and photograph the black bears. Resident bears come down to the beaches at low tide to forage for such beach delicacies as rock crab, starfish and even a bit of kelp. They are an absolute pleasure to watch from the boat and thanks to their poor eyesight they are usually unaware of our presence so long as we keep quiet and a respectable distance up wind.

We will once again walk part of the Wild Pacific Trail and go photograph the area beaches between Tofino and Ucluelet. You will be photographing crashing waves, surfers riding the crashing surf and endless beaches long into the night as the sun sets before you. This is another perfect destination for photographers

During high sun we will spend some time back at our accommodation location and spend some time going through our images.

Tonight we will once again visit one of the secluded beaches for a sunset photo session.

Stay in two bedroom cabins in Ucluelet 

Day Four – August 15, 2018

We will leave our lodge after one final morning photo shoot and breakfast. We will east towards Cowichan Bay.

Simon, our boat Captain never disappoints. Simon will take us on an afternoon boat tour for 3 to 4 hours. Our target species will be one or more of the following. The resident Orca Pods, Transient Orca Pods, Grey Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, Stellar Sea Lions, Dalls Porpoise and Bald Eagles. 

Simon has never failed to have us along side the Orca Pods. We have seen them hunt, frolick, breach, spy hop... he will even call each whale by name for us as he intimately studies and knows these beautiful creatures better than anyone we know. 

After our afternoon whale tour we grab some dinner before we head back out for tour #2.

After our twilight boat tour we will head to our next destination, Port Renfrew. 

Stay at lodges in Port Renfrew

Day Five and Six - August 16 and 17, 2018

For the next two days we will explore the beaches and Rain Forests near Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. Together we will hike through the Juan de Fuca Trail, Juan de Fuca East, Sombrio Beach, Parkinson Creek and Botanical Beach. 

This area is known for unique shorelines framed by ridges of shale and quartz, which jut up through the black basalt to form huge tableaus. Botanical Beach is a great location for low tide Wildlife viewing and when visitors can walk out across the flat sandstone and granite outcroppings to view tide pools filled with brightly coloured marine life. 

We will also make a visit Fairy Lake and visit the forested area that holds the location to one of the most peculiar sites you will ever see, and hold one of the favourite photos from landscape photographers every time we visit here. It has over the years become a little bonsai fir tree clinging for dear life in the middle of the water.

Stay in two bedroom cabins in Port Renfrew

Day Seven – August 18, 2018

We will leave our lodge after breakfast and head towards the ferry terminal for our journey back to across the Strait of Georgia towards Vancouver. We will have you back at the Vancouver airport by 3pm on the last day so you can catch your flight home. 

Are you ready to photograph orcas, whales and bears and stunning seascapes? Email kevinapepper@outlook.com or click on the button to contact us and we will see you in the Pacific Northwest of Canada.