2019 Vancouver Island Photography Tour – Wildlife & Landscapes

Dates: 19th – 30th of August 2019

Participants: Min 6 – Max 8

Discover the “Super Natural” beauty of Vancouver Island, on our Vancouver Island Photography Tour. We’ll be photographing and experiencing the best that this stunning area of the world has to offer. Having spent 32 years hiking and fishing the remote areas of the island, we have a very strong love for and knowledge of this beautiful and surreal island. From the amazing wildlife and landscapes, we’ll show you and no doubt have you falling in love with island life.

Leaving Vancouver, the tour will travel to the west coast of Vancouver Island to Tofino. We’ll start our Vancouver Island Photography Tour in this fishing and eco-tourism town, on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park. From Tofino, we’ll make our way to the Northern end of Vancouver Island to the remote and quaint coastal town of Telegraph Cove. A beautiful picturesque town, and a perfect setting for us to chase the grizzlies and the resident killer whales. Leaving Telegraph Cove well make our way to the beautiful historic city of Victoria for a night. Here we’ll explore the city, doing street and blue hour photography and spending an afternoon at the famous Butchart Gardens. We’ll travel from Victoria to Vancouver on the late ferry, to take in the evening light through the islands, before wrapping our tour up with our final night in Vancouver.

On this tour, you will have the undivided attention of your tour leaders, Aaron & Tiffany Dowling. Aaron will ensure that you get the most out of your photographic trip, helping with all things photography. Tiffany we’ll ensure that everything runs smoothly and you’re enjoying the entire experience and not just the photography.

Tour Dates: 19th to 30th August 2019
Duration: 11 Nights
Participants: Minimum 6 – Maximum 8
Fitness: Easy to Moderate (No Rigorous Hiking Required)

Wildlife Photography

The wildlife on Vancouver Island is diverse, majestic and in one of the most picturesque places on earth. In the air, land and sea we’ll photograph these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. We’ll work with you to ensure that you get the most out of your equipment to ensure that you come away with some incredible images. During our stay, we can expect to see Grizzly Bears (Mainland), Black Bears, Bald Eagles, Orcas (Killer Whales), Humpback Whales, Stellar Sea Lions, Seals, Dolphins, and many other species of birds. On the island, there are also populations of Wolves and Cougars. These are more elusive animals and are not see as regularly, but you never know.

With wildlife best viewed from the water, we have the following tours planned:

  • 8-9 hour Private Grizzly Bear Tour: We’ll make our way up an inlet to a salmon spawning river on the mainland to capture the grizzlies feeding.
  • 2 x 4-5 Hour Orca / Whale Tours: We’ll spend two trips searching for these amazing creatures.
  • 3 x 2.5 Hour Private Black Bear Tours: We’ll photograph the black bears feeding on the crabs and shell fish at low tide. We’ll also take the opportunity to shoot any other wildlife we encounter.
  • 1 x 4-5 Hour Private Whale and Wildlife Tour: We’ll head out to the open water in search of Orcas and Humpback Whales on the West Coast of the island.

Landscape Photography

Landscape photography on Vancouver Island is diverse, remote, unique and beautiful. The inlets of the North end of the island create their own climates. Driving cool fog through the straights and islands, creating an amazing eco system and amazing photographic opportunities. Down old logging roads, into the forests, we find stunning an unique water systems and caves that will leave you speechless. Then to the open beaches and stunning coastlines of the West Coast of the island. We’ll find intimate bays, old growth forests, gorgeous coastal fishing towns, with incredible photographic opportunities.

On this tour, we’ll be exploring this incredible landscape and photographing:

  • The foggy islands and coastlines of the Northern island.
  • Limestone caves that are well off the beaten path.
  • Temperate rain forests, with heavy mosses and old man’s beard.
  • Coastal towns and fishing villages.
  • The open and serene coastline of Tofino.
  • Blue hours that seem to last forever.
  • The iconic inner harbour of Victoria and architecture of the warehouse districts.

You will leave Vancouver Island mesmerised by its beauty and forever drawn back to its charm.


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 – 5: Tofino (4 nights)

Departing Vancouver, we’ll take a BC Ferry to Vancouver Island, and drive from the East to West side of the Island. On our way, we’ll pass through Cathedral Grove an ancient old growth forest. Some of the trees here are 800 years old, reaching heights of 75m (250 ft) and up to 9m (27ft) in circumference.

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 our time in Tofino we’ll take 4 wildlife tours, with the opportunity to see all types of wildlife from black bears, whales, seals, eagles and more. The coastline of Tofino and Ucluelet are stunning, with rugged rock formations and Douglas Fir trees lining the islands and coast. We’ll shoot sunrises and sunsets at many of these beautiful coastal locations and play with long exposure techniques to create striking images.

Day 6 – 9: Telegraph Cove (4 nights)

After breakfast in Tofino, we’ll pack up for the longest drive on the tour, approximately 7 hours. Traversing back to the East Side of the island, we’ll then drive North to the quaint and picturesque small village of Telegraph Cove.  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 its 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. The area of the island has its own climate, created by the vast inlets and cool air that blow through the straits.

During our time in Telegraph Cove we’ll be taking in 3 wildlife tours. These tours will include a Grizzly Bear tour to the mainland, where we’ll see the bears feeding on spawning salmon. We’ll also take 2 Orca and Whale watching tours, searching for the resident and transient killer whales that spend much time in these waters. With hydrophones on board we’ll take the opportunity to listen to these beautiful animals communicating with each other. We are going to make our way into a remote inland cave system, where you will be blown away by the variety and beauty and stunning images. The small village of Telegraph Cove is also one of the most beautiful fishing villages to photograph, and we will spend some time walking the docks to capture views of this amazing place. 

Day 10: Victoria (1 night)

After breakfast, we’ll pack up and make our way to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Victoria is a beautiful city, but with a small town feel. After settling in to the hotel in the heart of the city, we’ll take off on a city walk with cameras in hand. We’ll do some street photography through some of the iconic areas of town, making our way into the harbour. We will have dinner over the inner harbour taking in the views of this beautiful city.

Following dinner, we will photograph the inner harbour, including the iconic Empress Hotel and Parliament Buildings at sunset and the blue hour.

Day 11: Victoria – Vancouver (1 night)

In the morning, we walk the warehouse districts, capturing the early morning light on these historic buildings. After breakfast, I will take you on a driving tour of Victoria, stopping at Beacon Hill Park and a couple other coastal locations. Following our drive, we will 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.
  • 5 Private Boat Tours (1 x Grizzly Tour, 3 x Black Bear & Wildlife Tours, 1 x Whale & Wildlife Tour
  • 2 x Whale Watching Tours (Orcas & Humpbacks) – Not Private Currently
  • Entry to Butchart Gardens in Victoria
  • Breakfast throughout the tour
  • Three dinners provided. 


  • Flights to and from starting point (Vancouver)
  • Gratuities / Tips
  • Any transport or trips not detailed above.
  • Meals not noted in the inclusions.
  • Travel Insurance (We highly recommend that you obtain travel health insurance for all international travel).
  • 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 or tours not listed in the tour itinerary.

Tour Costs

$6,740.00 CAD (Canadian) per person Based on Double Occupancy **For Guests Travelling in Pairs

Single Supplement: $1,760.00 CAD (Canadian) for those requesting a room on their own or not travelling with another paying tour guest.

Approximate Pricing in USD: $5,100.00 (guests sharing a room) + $1340.00 (single supplement for guests travelling on their own). Note: all payments will be made in Canadian Dollars, this is only an indication, conversion rates may vary.


1. At the time of booking a $1000.00 CAD non-refundable deposit is required. Deposits will be returned if the tour is cancelled for any reason.

2. Final payment is required on or before the 15th of June 2019.

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


Please contact us below if you would like to join us on the Vancouver Island Photography Tour. All details for your deposit will be provided at the time enquiry.

Note: Non-photographers are welcome to join us on this tour. Due to the nature of the tour, the pricing will remain the same for non-photographers.

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