Itinerary

In Sept. 10, 2009, I lead a photo tour to western Canada for the purpose of photographing grizzly bears, black bears, whales, eagles, and fascinating landscapes. For future check http://www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com.

Itinerary

Postby jamesfc on Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:17 pm

The actual flight to the private lodge on Minstral Island begins on the afternoon of September 12th at 3:00pm. However, most of the photographers plan to arrive on Vancouver Island on Thursday, September 10th and spend the night in Duncan (located about 30 minutes north of Victoria). On Friday morning (Sept. 11th), I have made arrangements for the interested photographers to get images at a raptor rehab center in Duncan. In addition to getting up close and personal with rehab owls, eagles, hawks and falcons, each person can also do a "hawk walk" to allow each photographer a chance to actually handle a mature hawk or falcon while wearing a falconer's glove. The extra charge for the rehab center will be around $20 USD.

We will then take our time to drive up to Campbell River to photograph scenic sights and possibly wildlife along the way. We need to be in Campbell River on Saturday, Sept 12th by 2:00 pm in order to catch the float plane to the lodge. Each photographer will be limited to 20 -25 pounds of gear and extra gear and clothes can be left at lockers at the airport.

For the next 3 days we will have escorted guides to photograph feeding grizzly bears, black bears, eagles, orcas and possibly humpbacked and minke whales. All meals will be provided at the private lodge. The accomodations when we return back to Campbell River on Sept. 15th are also provided, but the evening meal that day is not.

This is going to be an exciting photo opportunity and as more details are released, I will post them here!

More details at www.elusiveimage.net!
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Itinerary at the Lodge

Postby jamesfc on Mon May 04, 2009 9:05 am

The following is the expected itinerary after we leave Campbell River by floatplane:

DAY 1 -
Leave late afternoon Saturady (3:00pm) in your float plane. Enjoy the view of the Coast Mountains, channels and fjords as they pass below. Land at the Lodge in the center of the wilderness area. Get settled in, meet your guide, relax, set out on a short local trip to view Black Bear feeding on the beach. Return to the lodge and enjoy a delicious dinner and learn some background on the wildlife of the area. Off to bed.

DAY 2 -
Rise early. Coffee and gourmet breakfast and into your boat. You are off to the strait, the summering grounds of the Orca [Killer Whale]. Cruise the area observing pods of these magnificent mammals and with a little luck you'll get to see their cousins, the Minke and Humpback Whales. Another day of diving Bald Eagles, Sea Lions, Seals, Black Bears and the magnificent White-Sided Dolphins. After a beach lunch or boat picnic there is more exploring, wildlife viewing/photography, and, if you're inclined, some fishing (license required which can be purchased at the lodge).

DAY 3 -
Rise early. After coffee and breakfast you are off to your boat with your guide. Travel the shores of the Inlet, a spectacular scenic fjord, to a Cove where you ride our "Grizzly Bus" up to the salmon spawning channel. Here you can photograph huge Grizzly Bears as they feed on these fish using dives, scoops and plunges to trap their prey. Observe two hours from our viewing stand and then back to the boat for lunch and more Grizzly Bear viewing at the estuary.

Day # 4 -
Rise early (OK, now it is a given!).

After breakfast we take you to our wild river by safari boat. View Black Bear, Seals, and perhaps a school of playing White-Sided Dolphins on the way. Meet one of our river guides, Trapper Rick or his assistant Art, and drive/ride an ATV to the spawning area of the river. View grizzly and Black Bears and Bald Eagles while watching the schools of salmon preparing for spawning. If you wish, fish off the bank for the salmon or trout. Cruise back to the Lodge to meet your late afternoon plane back to civilization at Campbell River.
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