British Columbia Loons by Boat with Greg Downing

Create adorable portraits of common loons interacting with their chicks at our unique bird photography workshop on the lake in British Columbia, Canada.

In an intimate, small group setting with only 8 participants, you will learn the techniques Greg and Alan use to capture captivating images of these birds as they go about courtship, feeding, nesting, and brooding their chicks. Equipped with boats specially set up for bird photography, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph loons and their chicks at close range along with many other bird species that nest in the area.

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


by Paul Colangelo

Unnamed tributary of Chismore Creek, British Columbia, 2010


The Sacred Headwaters in northern British Columbia is the shared birthplace of three great salmon rivers—the Stikine, Skeena and Nass. It is also the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, and it supports a vast ecosystem known for large numbers of moose, caribou, sheep, goats, wolves and bears.

In 2004, Shell obtained tenure of nearly a million acres in the heart of the Sacred Headwaters for a coal bed methane development that would entail thousands of wells connected by roads and pipelines, fracturing wildlife habitat. The water-intensive fracking process that would be used to remove the methane risked altering water levels and contaminating the rivers. Continue reading