2019 Pacific Northwest Wildlife, Rainforests and Seascapes

Orca Whale Breaches during one of our whale tours on Vancouver Island

Orca Whale Breaches during one of our whale tours on Vancouver Island

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.

Bears, Whales, Birds, and Landscapes in BC Highlights

  • 6 Nights and 7 Days Clayoquot Sound
  • Includes All Local Lodging and Transportation
  • Group Image Critiques
  • Intimate wildlife photography
  • Expert Professional Photographer Guides

Dates of Workshop:

Dates: July 14, 2019 to July 20, 2019

Please schedule your arrivals so you can be picked up before noon on day one of the workshop. Plan your departure on the last on any flight leaving after 4pm.

Flights should be scheduled into Vancouver Airport (Airport code YVR).

Instructors

Kevin Pepper and Jeff Wendorff

Payment Information

Price for the workshop: $4595USD for a maximum of 6 to 8 people

Single Room: $400... not applicable when we are in Ucluelet

Deposit to secure your place in the workshop is $1000USD with balance due 90 days before trip runs

Included in Your Photo Tour

  • All accommodation in two bedroom cabins in Ucluelet
  • Hotels when not in Tofino/Ucluelet area
  • Two Ferry Crossings
  • Meals while in Tofino/Ucluelet area
  • All National & Provincial Park entrance fees
  • 16 to 18 hours of wildlife viewing on boats
  • Local Transportation

Not Included in Your Photo Tour

  • Flights to British Columbia
  • Meals when not in Tofino/Ucluelet area
  • Items of personal nature, alcohol, laundry, travelers insurance, extra nights if needed, VISA fees if applicable.
  • Travel insurance. Remember, your deposit is not refundable.

Photography Equipment

You'll need to bring a full complement of equipment. From a wide-angle (16-35mm), mid-zoom (70-200mm) and something with some reach (400mm).

Accessories will be crucial with a circular polarizer, cable release, ballhead and tripod are essential. A variable and or neutral density filter may be useful as well.

Weather

The average temperature in Tofino, BC in July is mild at 57.56 °F (14.2 °C). Afternoons can be somewhat warm with average high temperatures reaching 64.9 °F (18.3 °C). Overnight temperatures are quite mild with an average low of 50.2 °F  (10.1 °C).

July offers up the driest weather of the year with an average of 82.6 mm (3.3 in) of rainfall. So we should be OK on the rain forecasts. The chances of getting wet on the boat are very high. Bring something that is wind and water resistant.

Photos From Our Locations

Itinerary of Our Workshop

Day 1

You will be picked up at the Vancouver Airport or your hotel and taken to Vancouver Ferry Terminal where we will board our ferry and head over to Vancouver Island. We will pick you up at 12 pm.

Once we arrive on the Island, we will head to the Botanical Gardens just outside of Victoria and photograph arguably the best botanical gardens in North America.

Overnight in Victoria

Day 2

Today we drive one hour north to take two separate Orca Whale and Humpback Whale tours. When we arrive in Cowichan Bay, you will have the opportunity to wander the seaside town and take photos around the harbor.

In the afternoon we will have our first Orca and Humpback boat tour to focus on the Southern Resident Orca Whales, Transient Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales. You will also encounter Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Dall's and Harbour Porpoise as well as a myriad of marine birds on your whale watching eco tour.

After dinner, we will head out our second Whale Watching tours.

Overnight in Nanaimo

Day 3

Today we head west to Tofino and Ucluelet. We depart in the morning, taking roads that wind through the interior of the island.

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 arrive at our lodgings, we will walk part of the Wild Pacific Trail. This smooth, family-friendly trail traces the edge of reefs where shipwrecks, whales, and vistas abound. Vancouver Island’s dramatic beauty will enthrall you, and the park's helpful interpretive signs will enrich your visit to Ucluelet’s famed 9km trail network. You are going to fall in love with the beauty of the region; it's a paradise for photographers.

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

Overnight in Ucluelet

Day 4 - 5

During the next two days, we will typically go out at low tide and photograph Black Bears. Resident bears come down to the beaches at low tide to forage for such beach delicacies as rock crab, starfish, and kelp. They are an absolute pleasure to watch from the boat and thanks to their poor eyesight they are usually unaware of our presence. If our camera clicks don’t give us away, we will get very close to the bears.

When the light is terrible, we will spend some time back at the cottages and have a group photo editing session.

In the evening we will walk part of the Wild Pacific Trail and photograph the area beaches between Tofino and Ucluelet. You will be photographing crashing waves, surfers riding the curls and endless beaches as the sun sets before you. This area has limitless potential, and we will spend a lot of time exploring and photographing natures majesty.

Overnight in Ucluelet

Day 6

We will leave our cottages after one final morning photo shoot and breakfast. We will head towards Nanaimo to take the ferry back to the mainland.

Once we are back on the mainland, we will head over to one of our favorite locations for bird photography. There are about 500 recorded species of birds on the island, fingers crossed for something cool!

Common Birds include: Pacific Loon,Red-throated Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Goldeneye, Wood Duck, Sandhill Crane, Hooded Merganser, Herons and Egrets, Northern Pintail, Belted Kingfisher, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Bufflehead, Mute Swans, Rough-legged Hawk, Canvasback, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Virginia Rail, Common Snipe, Great Horned Owl and Bald Eagles

At night we will visit downtown Vancouver where we will have a sunset photo shoot at English Bay and then go photograph the city by night along the shorelines.

Overnight Richmond BC

Day 7

Depending on the weather we will do another bird photography session or sunrise over Mount Baker and the Fraser Valley.

Today you will be dropped off at the airport in Vancouver around 12 pm for your flights home. If you decide to hang out for a bit longer or you have a morning flight, we will drop you at an airport hotel.

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