Born and raised on the West Coast of Canada 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 country and many stories to tell, and would love to share them with you on this trip of a lifetime.
Experience the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains with snow-capped peaks around every corner, pristine aqua coloured lakes with stunning reflections of the mountains and surrounded by autumn colours and forest, beautiful crystal blue rivers snaking their way through the mountains and valleys, incredible waterfalls, gorges and canyons. Wandering through this paradise you will likely see Mountain Goats, Elk & Deer making this place their home and if you’re lucky we’ll even see some Moose and Bears. Don’t miss out on this adventure of a lifetime, an opportunity not to be missed.
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Duration: 13 Nights
Participants: Maximum of 10 participants (open to all levels of photographic experience)
Fitness: Easy to Moderate (No Rigorous Hiking Required)1
Travel the Canadian Rockies with a Canadian award winning landscape photographer, visiting the most beautiful locations in the Canadian Rockies at the best times of day to capture the breathtaking scenery. Also taking some time for walks throughout the national parks where you can enjoy nature, relax in your surrounds and just take in some of what the Rocky Mountains have to offer. There will also be leisure time throughout the tour where you can stroll around the towns, take in some shopping or just relax in the spa or pools at our hotels. Below are the locations we plan to visit during the tour. Note, depending on weather, time or closures not all sites may be visited or accessible. We will be travelling with our own tour driver in a roomy 16 seat tour bus.
Locations (subject to minor changes)
Two Jack Lake
Bow Field Parkway
Columbia Icefields (Optional, bus tour to glacier, cost not included)
Mount Edith Cavell
Miette Hot Springs (Optional, entry to hot springs not included)
Day 1: 18th of September (Calgary)
All guests arrive in Calgary and stay in a hotel near the airport to unwind and recover after their journey
Day 2 – 6: 19th – 23rd September (Banff)
We’ll transfer from Calgary to Banff where we will stay in the heart of downtown Banff giving us easy access to all the amenities this picturesque town has to offer on our downtime. We’ll use Banff as our home base for our excursions along the Kananaskis Trail near Canmore, all around Banff and up to the edge of Southern entrance to the Icefield Parkway.
You will watch the sunrise and set over some of the most stunning scenery on earth including: the Valley of the 10 Peaks nestled up against the emerald water of Lake Moraine, the rugged Mount Rundle towering over Two Jack & Vermilion Lake, the calm and serenity of Herbert lake surrounded by snow capped peaks with waterfowl skimming the tops of the pristine waters, the jagged and vertical peaks of Castle Mountain with the Bow River running at our feet and many more equally stunning locations along the way.
We will also run two workshops while we are in Banff to ensure that you get the most out of your photography.
Workshop 1: Landscape Photography Techniques & Composition
We will cover all the important techniques in landscape photography so you get the most out of your trip, such as: exposure bracketing, panorama photography, hyper focal distance, using filters for creative effect and using our cameras in full manual mode to take complete control over our imagery. We will also cover composition tips to help your images jump of the screen. Although rules are meant to be broken there are some fundamentals that lead to great images and these should always be kept in mind while assessing and shooting a scene.
Workshop 2: Photo Critique
We’ll spend an afternoon reviewing and critiquing each others photos on the big screen. In this session we’ll look at what is working and the areas we can improve our photography, while also getting to see how everyone else has been viewing and photographing the scenes. This is a great way to gain new perspectives and learn from each other.
Day 7 – 8: 24th – 25th September (Saskatchewan Crossing)
We’ll depart Banff and start making are way North along the Icefield Parkway stopping at Saskatchewan Crossing for 2 nights. From here we will visit some of the most stunning lakes and scenery in the Rocky Mountains. Here we are a little isolated from the day to day life of the towns of Jasper and Banff, and will only have our hotel and nature at our disposal.
Here we will be set in the peace and tranquillity of the Icefield Parkway between Banff & Jasper. We will be photographing the impressive Crowfoot Glacier nestled on the cliff edges of the steep rugged mountains surround Bow Lake, we’ll witness sunset high up above the aqua waters of Peyto lake and seeing the endless mountains fading into the distance, we’ll also be exploring the shores of the beautiful Saskatchewan River all while being surrounded by the most incredible scenery.
Day 9 – 12: 26th – 29th September (Jasper)
Arriving in Jasper, a much quieter town, but amazing scenery and wildlife. While in Jasper we are likely to see much more wildlife then we have seen along the way. We’ll visit some stunning locations including waterfalls, lakes, hot springs in the mountains and one of the most beautiful mountains and glaciers in the Rockies.
On our way to Jasper we’ll stop at the Columbia Icefields where if you wish you can get on one of the monstrous buses that will drive you up onto the glacier and give you an opportunity to witness up close the scale of this amazing place. We will continue from here to our home for the next 4 nights in the heart of Jasper.
During our time in Jasper we will see some amazing wildlife during our travels, and if safe we will stop to photograph these majestic creatures. We’ll head high up into the mountains to photograph Mount Edith Cavell one of the most impressive mountains in the Rockies with a Glacier Lake at it’s base with glaciers in the lake and high up above us on the cliffs and you hear the thundering sounds of the ice cracking, giving you shivers. We’ll also photograph the beautiful glacier fed waterfalls with incredible mountains as a back drop with the aqua waters thundering over the rocks, beautiful clear mountain lakes and up into the high mountains to relax in some hot springs if you wish, in the chilled mountain air.
We’ll hold the last of our 3 workshops while we are in Jasper.
Workshop 3: Post Processing
We’ll spend an afternoon learning how to edit our landscape images to really make them sing. We’ll learn how to use contrast adjustment tools to boost colour and contrast, manual blending techniques to combine our images, we’ll touch on luminosity masks to work in selected areas of our images and we’ll also touch on sharpening and resizing for web and print.
For those who would like to get on the Rocky Mountaineer back to Vancouver you may decide to leave us here.
Day 13: 30th September (Calgary)
We’ll transfer from Jasper back to a hotel in Calgary where we can relax, unwind and spend the night before catching our return flights home, or to wherever your travels are taking you next.
- All Accommodation (13 Nights)
- Organised transport for all locations during the tour.
- All photographic tuition and workshops
- Annual Canadian National Park Passes.
- Airport Transfers in Calgary
- Breakfast when at hotels in Banff & Jasper
- Flights to and from Calgary
- Gratuities / Tips
- Any transport or trips not detailed above.
- Meals with the exception of Breakfast when we are at our hotels in Banff & Jasper
- 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.
- Entry to optional locations listed above, such as the Columbia Icefields
$4530.00 CAD (Canadian) per person Based on Double Occupancy **For Guests Travelling in Pairs
Single Supplement: $1030.00 CAD (Canadian) for those requesting a room on their own or not travelling with another paying tour guest.
A $1000.00 AUD non-refundable deposit will be required at the time of booking. Deposits will be returned if the tour is cancelled if the minimum numbers booked is not met.
Payment plans are available on request.
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