Photo Tours - Wilderness Adventures For Photographers!
Photo Tours - Base CampLocation, location, location! Explore and photograph world-class west coast wildlife and landscapes by power boat, kayak and on foot. Create incredible photographs of sea otters, wolves, eagles, osprey and an unbelievable diversity of marine landscapes and tidal life.
Sea Otter Coastal Systems with Isabelle Groc - 5 days, June 24-28, 2018
Sunrise to Sunset Lifescape with Boomer Jerritt - 4 days, 2018 Dates Coming Soon
OverviewOur photo tours are designed by photographers for people who want to experience spectacular locations while interacting with wildlife through their lens. Each Photo Tour leader is a great fit with our Wilderness Retreat "glamping" rhythms and opportunities. Daily guided outings will access remote beaches, secluded and verdant forest settings, wildlife, and people in action.
Most travel will be on foot, with the option for some kayak activity/access, and boat-based shooting or delivery to remote islets. Each day we craft the best possible recipe based on guest interest, weather, and what's happening around us.
After rich days in the field, we have all-weather shelter with power (solar and generator) for recharging your camera and equipment batteries, so you can have your laptop computer or tablet handy for downloading, viewing, editing, and sharing your day's work.
You'll enjoy pursuing an abundance of subjects and themes. West Coast Expeditions have been specialized in connecting guests with the local community, Aboriginal culture, and coastal ecology of this area since 1972.
We tend to schedule early and late summer Photo Tours, each offering different advantages based on the time of year, and trip leader. To learn more, please contact us.
BC Magazine, and Canadian Wildlife Magazine.
Hunted to extinction by the fur traders in the 1920s, sea otters have made a remarkable comeback off the Coast of British Columbia since they were reintroduced to Checleset Bay, near the village of Kyuquot on the West coast of Vancouver Island.
This photo tour will take you to one of the premier locations in BC for photographing sea otters, in the heart of the reintroduction site, where otters have been around for the longest period of time.
Participants will have a unique opportunity to photo-document how sea otters transform their environment. On land and on water, you will not only photograph otters, but also the landscapes these charismatic ecosystem engineers help reshape, as well as the other wildlife species that benefit from the return of the sea otters, from invertebrates in the rich intertidal zone to a variety of birds, including oystercatchers, shorebirds, bald eagles and more. You will also be able to connect with local First Nations community members, and learn how they interact with the natural environment.
This tour - limited to 4 guests - will provide rewarding opportunities to wildlife photographers and lovers who will come away with spectacular photographs that will tell the remarkable and multidimensional story of a place, its wildlife, and people.
The trip inclusions, itinerary, and logistics, including convenient two-way transportation from the Comox Valley or Campbell River at the start and end of the tour, mimic our 5-day Sea Otter Kayak Tour, except focuses on photography objectives each day, rather than sea kayak outings. We work together with Isabelle, our guides, and guests to maximise special photographic opportunities, accessed by foot, power boat, or optionally by kayak. The end of June is a great time to take advantage of early morning low tides and longer days close to the summer solstice. Please note that you will be primarily photographing sea otters from a stable boat platform, and not from a kayak.
Isabelle is an award-winning environmental writer and conservation photographer, passionate about environmental science, wildlife natural history and conservation, endangered species, marine mammals and ecosystems, and the changing relationships between people and their environments. Her work has appeared in National Geographic News, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Wildlife, New Scientist, and other publications. Isabelle has also produced videos for National Geographic and written and co-directed several films on British Columbia’s species at risk. Isabelle has led marine mammal photography workshops in Haida Gwaii, BC, and also enjoys teaching nature photography for children and youth in schools.
Isabelle will share tips and help improve your skills to ensure that you get the very best from this trip. All levels of ability are welcome.
Enjoy this gallery of Isabelle's images with us.
Boomer Jerritt, capture later sunrises and earlier sunsets, or even night photography at a reasonable hour, with all of the associated wildlife and landscape opportunities! Boomer joined us in 2009 and again in 2016 while shooting iconic images for Destination BC and Tourism Vancouver Island. His first visit also provided the cover story images for Westworld Magazine, summer 2010.
Boomer also works regularly in the Antarctic as a Photographer-in-residence for pocket cruise operations and brings to the table a wealth of knowledge with regards to facilitating photo tours and photographing wildlife and landscapes in challenging conditions. He is great company and has a zest for helping others learn!
Enjoy this gallery of Boomer's west coast images.
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