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Photography Tours 2017

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Gwaii Haanas National Park Photography Tour

When to go: June 9-16, 2017
Duration: 7-days/ 7-nights
Group size: 6 participants
Departs from/Returns to: Sandspit, BC
Price: $6175 CAD (plus 5% GST)

Passing Cloud in Haida Gwaii


About the Location

Kunghit Island, Gwaii Haanas National Park – Haida Gwaii (formerly the “Queen Charlotte Islands”)

Situated at the very southern tip of the Haida Gwaii Archipelago, Kunghit Island is named for the Kunghit Haida who occupied this extremely remote island for millennia. We’ve chosen to focus our 2017 Gwaii Haanas photo tour here because it encapsulates the very essence of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area, and Haida Heritage Site. Within half a day’s travel, we’ll have access to remote white-sand beaches, rugged islets, kelp forests, surge channels, and lagoons teeming with colourful marine life, colonies of tufted puffins, and one of the largest Steller sea lion rookeries in British Columbia. At sea, we are likely to encounter killer whales, humpback whales, ocean sunfish, pelagic sharks, and myriad other sea birds including storm petrels and black-footed albatrosses. On shore, we’ll explore ancient coastal rainforests and protected estuarine ecosystems, and we hope to encounter the Haida Gwaii black bear and pine marten, both subspecies unique to these islands.  Perhaps the highlight of this tour will be visiting the ancient Haida village of S’Gang Gwaay Llnagaay, also known at Ninstints. Declared a UNSECO World Heritage Site in 1981 in recognition of the globally significant cultural heritage this site represents, S’Gang Gwaay features a haunting collection of mortuary poles and house remains that stand testament to the traditional ways of the Haida people.

Our group of 6 participants and 4 crew will circumnavigate Kunghit Island aboard our classic wooden schooner, the Passing Cloud. To maximize the time we’ll have for exploring, photographing, and experiencing the landscapes, wildlife, and cultural heritage of this remarkable region, this tour will start and end with a spectacular float plane flight between Sandspit and Kunghit Island.

This unique wilderness photography tour will be led by coastal photography specialist, Dr. James Thompson (www.jamesthompsonphotography.com).

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Great Bear Rainforest Photography Tour

When to go: September 28-Oct 6, 2017
Duration: 9-days/ 8-nights
Group size: 6 participants
Departs from/Returns to: Bella Bella, BC/ Kitimat, BC
Price: $5995 CAD (plus 5% GST)

Great Bear reflection

About the Location

Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest – Where Grizzly and Spirit Bears Roam Wild

Encompassing 64,000 square kilometers, Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest is the largest tract of intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world. Grizzly bear and black bears, including the rare white Spirit Bear – a genetic variation of the black bear found nowhere else on the Planet – roam wild here as they have for Millennia. With giant Sitka Spruce and Western Red Cedar trees frequently exceeding 1000 years old, these ancient forests support more biomass than any other terrestrial ecosystem in the world. The forests, fiords, valleys, estuaries, islands, and mountain slopes of the Great Bear all combine to create a complex web of species diversity – bears, wolves, cougars, goats, salmon, deer, eagles, ravens, and millions of migrating water foul – to name a few. Only recently known as the Great Bear Rainforest, the 27 indigenous First Nations whose traditional territories are located here have lived here for more than 10,000 years.

During our 2017 Great Bear Rainforest Photography Tour, our group of 6 participants and 4 crew will explore this magical region from the luxury of the schooner Passing Cloud. We expect a focus on bears, whales, wolves, and other charismatic megafauna, however, we’ll also spend time thinking about and photographing the interconnectedness of the Great Bear, from landscapes and sunsets to wildflowers and waterfalls. We’ll spend 1 day in bear viewing stands where we hope to catch a glimpse of the iconic Spirit bear.


Our Team and Approach

Coastal photography presents a wide range of photographic challenges, and we give you the opportunity to receive expert hands-on instruction as you create images of the amazing wilderness and wildlife we encounter. You will receive tons of one-on-one coaching from our coastal photography specialist James Thompson (www.jamesthompsonphotography.com). Through short lectures, hands-on coaching, and most importantly by answering your specific questions, James will help you to realize your photographic vision. Living and traveling aboard the luxurious classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud, the Outer Shores crew will take care of all the logistics – right down to a morning coffee for that sunrise shore excursion – to allow you to totally focus on your photography. Our tours introduce you to the diversity of coastal regions as a whole – a variety of intimately interconnected realms each with its own unique photographic challenges. Whether you’re looking for an introduction to coastal photography or are an experienced photographer simply looking for unparalleled photographic opportunities, our 2017 Photo Tours have something for you.


The Photographer

Excited by the dynamic interplay of land and ocean, James Thompson specializes in coastal photography along British Columbia’s beautifully rugged coastline.

The Schooner

Passing Cloud is a 70′ classic wooden schooner designed by William James Roue, famous for designing the legendary schooner Bluenose in 1921.

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