British Columbia Grizzly Bears and Salmon with Tom Mace

Through our international partnership, we have secured an amazing opportunity to photograph grizzly bears fattening up for their long winter break. At this time of year, the bears begin to congregate along the narrows of the Smith Inlet. The bears are made accessible to photographers by professionally created blinds along the river, a short ride from the floating lodge. During our trip in September 2017, we had over 20 bear encounters. This location is isolated 50 nautical miles, accessible only by sea plane or a long boat ride, puts you in one of the most unique and undisturbed settings to capture pictures of a lifetime. The lodge has actual biologists on site to offer tremendous insight to the bears and their eco-system. This coupled with professional photography instruction and support makes this one of the best environments to learn wildlife photography. The lodge does everything right! Accommodations include world class dining, comfortable, clean rooms with in-suite bathrooms, beautiful views of the inlet and a peaceful quiet setting in which you immediately become immersed.

Price Includes:
 Roundtrip seaplane flight from Port Hardy to Lodge and Back
 Lodging
 Meals
 Beer and Wine
 Bear Excursions and day hikes or boat rides (either or both)
 Professional Photography Instruction and Support
 Hotel Stays in Vancouver and Port Hardy.
 Good Bye Dinner in Port Hardy
 If you have a Canon DSLR, Tom will share his 500mm and 600mm lenses.

Not Included:
 Airfare to Vancouver and Port Hardy. Please call for details and special instructions.
 Incidentals

A feeling is worth a thousand pictures

Story and photography by Tim Irvin

We were deep in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada (about 500 miles northwest of Seattle), the home of the white spirit bear. Before us was what we had hoped for. The bear had accepted our presence and was now perched on a rock mid-stream scanning the creek for salmon. Her white fur was wet from overnight rain and steam rose from her back in the morning sun. It was like a scene from National Geographic television – only this was live.

Spirit bears (also known as Kermode bears) are an exceedingly rare sub-species of American black bear with a recessive genetic trait that makes their fur white. There are perhaps only 200 to 400 in existence and they are found only in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest. © Tim Irvin

Spirit bears (also known as Kermode bears) are an exceedingly rare sub-species of American black bear with a recessive genetic trait that makes their fur white. There are perhaps only 200 to 400 in existence and they are found only in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. © Tim Irvin

Our group of photographers and nature buffs was thrilled. Between snapping photos we glanced at each other – smiling widely, giving each other the thumbs up. We never could have imagined this exact scene beforehand, but the hope of being part of something like this was why we had come. Continue reading