BRITISH COLUMBIA

June 25 - July 1, 2017

June 24 - 30, 2018

Travel, Landscape, Nature. People and Wildlife  Photography

Includes

  1. -7 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Fine Hotels

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Dinners

  9. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

British Columbia

Vancouver, Victoria, Georgia Strait, Tofino and Whistler

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Where stunning rivers and mountains tattoo the surface.

British Columbia Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Beautiful British Columbia - The Best Place on Earth. That’s what the license plates say on the cars here. And a visit to Canada’s west coast city will have you believing that very quickly. British Columbia has so much to offer, with it’s natural beauty, stunning scenery and relaxed lifestyle. If you get the chance to spend time in British Columbia, you’ll experience a city commonly known as the best city in the world to live in, mountain getaways a short drive from the city, a surfer’s paradise, and city parks that are the envy of the world.

Join us this summer, and let us show you how the BC residents enjoy the great outdoors. Let us take you to the peaks of Whistler mountain, the wind-swept coast of Vancouver Island, historic Gastown and British influenced Victoria. You’ll come away with a sense of wonder - you’ll wonder when you can book your next trip. 

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. 

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than in British Columbia.


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by car or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Ian Robert Knight  |  June 25 - July 1, 2017

Ian Robert Knight  |  June 24-30, 2018


Weather | Sun



June - Temps 68/53 F  20/12 C  Sunrise 5:07 | Sunset 9:22 (21:22)


Includes



Travel, landscape, architecture, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations (except in remote locations)

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Century Plaza Hotel, L’Hermitage Hotel or similar - Vancouver

Cox Bay Beach Resort, Middle Beach Lodge or similar - Tofino

Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, Sundial Boutique Hotel or similar - Whistler


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Vancouver, BC International (YVR) - Transfer time to hotel 45min

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to VisaMapper for more information.


Excursions



Bear Watch in Whistler (optional)


Price



BRITISH COLUMBIA 7-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 25 - July 1, 2017:  $4,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 24-30, 2018:  $4,695


Single Supplement:  $700

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $350

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $350


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.


BRITISH COLUMBIA 7 DAYS


Sunday (1)  Vancouver

Upon arrival in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada’s 3rd largest city, you will instantly see why it is considered one of the best cities in the world in which to live. With a location nestled along the west coast of Canada in the Coast Mountains, Vancouver offers a lifestyle that is unmatched anywhere in Canada. We will check in to our hotel in downtown Vancouver and after a brief discussion about what we will see over the week, we will head out to take in some of the beauty that this city has to show. We will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “The Art of Seeing” photographic technique. We will also have informal discussions about what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. Our first practical use of these theories will be exercised when we journey through Granville Island on the Vancouver False Creek waterfront. (D)

Monday (2)  Vancouver

Vancouver has so many beautiful areas to photograph, it’s hard to see it all. Today we will spend our time discovering the city from it’s waterfront areas, and from historic Gastown. As the day winds down, we will take the opportunity to photograph the city skyline from the vast Stanley Park, Vancouver’s inner city oasis. After dinner in one of the city’s renowned seafood restaurants, we will have a chat about the photographs we’ve shot so far, and share techniques. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Victoria - Georgia Strait

Our day begins with a slow and soothing ferry across the Georgia Strait, for a visit to Vancouver Island and the capital city of Victoria. This charming smaller city on the southern tip of Canada’s largest island maintains it’s former British past, with plenty of pubs and traditional high tea at the Empress Hotel on the waterfront. We will spend the afternoon visiting the beautiful harbor area with it’s tall ships and colonial buildings. In the early evening, we will head north along the Pacific coastline to arrive in Tofino in time for sunset on one of Canada’s most beautiful beaches. We stay overnight in this coastal paradise. (B)

Wednesday (4)  Tofino

We start early today with a walk along the beach for the morning misty light along the beach. If we are “lucky” the weather will be rough, and allow us to experience what this area is famous for; storm chasing. This part of Vancouver Island looks best when the storms are approaching and the light is filtered through the clouds, silhouetting the surfers on the large waves offshore. In the afternoon, we will hike one of the many trails along the coastline that have old growth trees that are thousands of years old. (B)

Thursday (5)  Whistler

In the morning, we sail back across the strait, and head north to Whistler. This mountain village was the cohost for the 2010 Winter Olympic games, and is both a sports haven and a hiker’s paradise. Even in the summer months, Whistler is popular for visitors to experience the wilderness at it’s most stunning. The gondolas run year round, taking hikers up to the peak of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains for views that can’t be beat. The Peak 2 Peak tram that spans the 3 km between the two peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains is the highest and longest gondola in the world, and is a highlight of any visit, year round. In the evening, after dinner at one of the many world renowned restaurants in Whistler Village, we will have a chance to review and discuss the photography that all of us have taken over the last 5 days. We will explore techniques and share ideas. (B)

Friday (6)  Whistler

During the day today, we will hike the mountains and forests of this region, focusing on the flora that appears briefly in the short summer months in the alpine meadows. In the summer, local black bears can be spotted on the mountainside, and we will walk the trails of the old growth forest, viewing their feeding grounds and daybeds, along with a qualified guide. In the evening we settle in for our “Farewell Dinner”, filled with lots of fun and laughter as we discuss the weeks adventures. (B) (D)

Saturday (7)  Whistler - Vancouver 

During and after brunch, we have a chance to exchange contact information and share some of the photographs we’ve experienced over the past 6 days. In the afternoon, we take a relaxing trip back to Vancouver by train along the Sea to Sky coastline. Some of the most breathtaking scenery along this part of BC can only be seen by train, and is a fitting finish to a wonderful week in the most beautiful part of Canada. (B)

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Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures



We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here for more information. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


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Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email us for more information.




Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


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Travel Insurance



We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.


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Loyalty Club**



All registered guests for 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.






 

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