2018 Newfoundland Photography Workshop
Have you ever wanted to stay in your very own lighthouse?
This trip will have you waking up in our very own private lighthouse inn to the smell of a home cooked breakfast as you look out across the north atlantic ocean at the entrance to Iceberg Alley.
Do icebergs captivate you?
Imagine an up close and personal viewing of some of the largest tabular and cathedral icebergs at the entrance to the world famous iceberg alley.
This is the perfect trip for the photographer that loves photographing by the ocean in and around old abandoned fishing villages, icebergs, and lighthouses, with a backdrop of stunning golden hour... and we can't forget the Humpback whales that are migrating north as the icebergs are travelling south.
Dates: June 5, 2018 to June 12, 2018
Workshop Leader: Kevin Pepper
Price: The price of this workshop is $5495CDN plus applicable taxes (with the USD exchange rate, the price in USD is $3995USD plus applicable taxes... please check at time of your booking for the actual pricing in USD as there may be minor fluctuations)
Deposit: $1000CDN and the balance due 90 days before the trip starts
Maximum Attendees: I am limiting this trip to a maximum of 5 people only
Included: Seven nights shared accommodation (ask me about single rooms as they are available on first come first serve basis), meals at Quirpon Island Inn, breakfast at Marble Mountain, transportation, guiding services, Park entry fees, UNESCO passes, zodiac rides.
Not Included: Items of personal nature, transportation to get to workshop, items not listed as included, PAL flight from St. Anthonys to St. Johns
Highlights: Iceberg alley, whale migration, lighthouses, L'Anse Aux Meadows UNESCO world heritage site, Gros Morne UNESCO world heritage site
June 5 – Arrive in Deer Lake, Newfoundland. We will check into our hotel and then head to bay of Islands. You will want to make sure your camera is ready for a few hours of breathtaking scenery and wildlife in the Bay of Islands. Bald Eagles are abundant in this area as well as other animals such as moose and sea birds. But the real draw is the landscapes and islands that are out in the bay.
After visiting the bay of Islands, if the water levels are low, we will head to Sir Richard Squires Provincial Park to photograph the spawning Atlantic Salmon as they jump up the waterfalls on their way to summer spawning grounds. When magazine and documentary companies want spawning salmon images, this is where they come in eastern Canada.
Stay at Marble Inn, a 4.5 star ski resort with fantastic accommodation and a 5 star restaurant.
June 6 and 7 – South Gros Morne. Feeling energetic? For the next few days we will hike the Green Garden Trail that leads you through remarkable biological and geological wonders which are not equaled anywhere else on earth. This is approximately a 45-minute walk down a park trail to the coast. Wander along the coast as long as you like enjoying the seastacks, pillow lava, wild meadows, sea cave and semi-wild sheep.
Trout River is a picturesque working fishing village wedged between the Tablelands and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Take a gentle walk on the Boardwalk and visit the museum, interpretation centre and historic house of Jacob A Crocker, the first settler of Trout River. There are also some wonderful craftspeople so you may be able to get a new pair of socks directly of the clothesline. A visit to the wharf is a must, not only for the photos, but because it gives you a chance to meet the local fishers and see what is destined for your plate later. Trout River boasts some beautiful walking trails and be certain to drive in back of the community to visit Trout River Pond. When you are overlooking it you have to realize that, as impressive as it is, you can only see about one third of it! There are several restaurants so we won’t go hungry eating local cuisine. After supper, time to drive around Bonne Bay to the north side of Gros Morne.
Visit some of the sites on the north side of the park including Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, Norris Point Look-off, the Ethie shipwreck and Rocky Harbour.
Stay at Middle Brook Cottages. Nestled in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, Glenburnie's Middle Brook Cottages & Chalets reflects the untouched, pristine environment that encompasses it. Our four-star facility offers every modern convenience, including fully equipped kitchens, BBQ's on deck and an on-site store, gift shop and laundromat.
Middle Brook Cottages & Chalets offers a retreat to a modern, yet timeless setting which makes for the ultimate adventure a safe, heartwarming haven for families, couples or friends to discover the wonders of nature and the hospitality of the local people. We will stay in 2 bedroom cottages. Everyone gets their own bedroom with shared common areas.
June 8 – Today is the day to travel through Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that awaits my groups every summer. Its rolling mountains and hidden gems make every turn a photographers delight.
As we wind through Gros Morne we will make frequent stops for landscapes, old fishing villages and numerous historical lighthouses.
We will end our day at Port aux Choix lighthouse. A lighthouse that sits on top of a rocky shoreline with reflection ponds all around this lighthouse on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean
Stay at hotel at Port aux Choix or area.
June 9, 10, 11 – On the morning of the 9th we head north along the Viking Trail. Making stops at locations like Parsons Pond and Flower Cove for some photogenic locations of the ever changing landscapes on the wind swept shores of Newfoundland as we will make our way closer to iceberg alley.
As we make our way east after Flower Cove, watch the water, the table top and cathedral icebergs will be on the water and waiting for us to take their photos.
Our first destination at the end of the Viking Trail is the settlement of the first settlers in North America. Its LAnse Aux Meadows. The UNESCO heritage site where the Vikings first landed in North America. Together we will wander through the original settlement and take photos of the preserved buildings and seascapes.
Then its one more stop at the Norseman. A recreated Viking settlement on the shores of the Atlantic ocean. Your subject matter, a very photogenic 1000 year old village with a back drop of icebergs that will be caught along the shoreline.
Then we are off to Quirpon, the most north eastern point of Newfoundland where the icebergs that travel for up to two years to get down to iceberg alley are first seen in off the coast of Newfoundland.
For the next three nights we will be staying at our very own lighthouse inn on a private island. You have complete access to the entire island at any time of day. Here you will be photographing some incredible seascapes, Gannet colonies, puffins if the colony has returned, humpbacks and icebergs.
Each day we will take a boat out onto the water to track down these bergs as they flow past the island. We want you to get up close and personal with these cathedrals of ice. On these three days we will have 6 hours of private Zodiac time at our disposal.
Our stay for these three nights is at the Quirpon Lighthouse Inn. Quirpon (pronounced kar-poon) offers a unique island experience at a 1922 light-keeper’s home on the shores of ‘Iceberg Alley’. Fully restored, Quirpon Lighthouse Inn features ten beautiful rooms at the base of a still-operating lighthouse and is a Registered Heritage Building.
Located off the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, Quirpon is the province’s best location for viewing icebergs as the Labrador Current carries them south. Quirpon Island boasts the longest iceberg-viewing season in Newfoundland, with the last melting in the fall during a good year.
Whales are constant companions off the shores of Quirpon, often coming close enough to the rocks to be touched. Whale experts ascribe this phenomenon to the underwater topography and ample food supply. In addition to Humbacks and Minke - the presence of which is virtually inevitable - you may spot as many as 27 more species, including Orca, which are being spotted with increasing frequency around Quirpon Island despite becoming a rarer sight elsewhere in Newfoundland.
Quirpon is located on a private island and we have full access to the entire property and have our own lighthouse to photograph
June 12 – After one last sunrise photo shoot and a hearty breakfast you will fly to St. John’s on PAL Airlines. The airport is 20 minutes from the dock at Quirpon . Guests will be dropped off at the airport in St. Anthonys to make their flight to St. Johns. Or, you can drive back to Deer Lake with me on the last day for one more quick trip through Gros Morne.
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