BANFF & LAKE LOUISE

June 18 - 23, 2017

September 3 - 8, 2017

June 17 - 22, 2018

September 2 - 7, 2018

Travel, Landscape, Nature. People and Wildlife  Photography

Includes

  1. -6 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Fine Hotel

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Dinners

  9. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Banff & Lake Louise

Johnson Lake, Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Icefields and more

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Emerald glacial waters surrounded by canyons and majestic mountain ranges.

Banff & Lake Louise Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

The Banff National Park is Canada’s first park. Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, Banff is truly one of Canada’s greatest treasures. In the 1880’s the Transcontinental Railway was stretching her way across Canada and mountain towns were being settled for their national resources. Banff however was settled with the tourist in mind from the very beginning. Tucked away in the bow valley and surrounded by hot springs, glacial lakes, canyons, and the most majestic mountain ranges, it’s difficult to narrow down all the photographic possibilities.

As the railroad brought in the first adventurers, the hot springs at the Cave and Basin were soon opened to the public and people lined up to experience the healing powers of the warm waters.

Although the Banff National Park is a popular destination for tourists from around the world, the vast expanse of this national treasure will leave you feeling as if you’re the only one enjoying the views.

Lake Louise, originally named Lake of the Little Fishes by the First Nations people and later named after Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter. The alpine lake is a breathtaking iconic gem with emerald glacial waters which are situated between glacial peaks. While the crowds may gather to the shore of Lake Louise, the Valley of the Ten Peaks and it’s Moraine Lake is a photographic opportunity not to be missed.

Due to the massive contrast in lighting from the base of our mountains to the peaks, we’ll learn tips on how to properly expose for each situation. Photographing mountains of this magnitude can be an overwhelming assignment, however we will discuss ways to tell the story of the Rockies through your photographs.    

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 Banff.


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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 | Guide



Ian Robert Knight  |  June 18-23, 2017

Ian Robert Knight  |  September 3-8, 2017

Ian Robert Knight  |  June 17-22, 2018

Ian Robert Knight  |  September 2-7, 2018


Weather | Sun



June - Temps 63/40 F  17/4 C  Sunrise 5:33 | Sunset 9:47 (21:47)

September - Temps 60/37 F  16/3 C  Sunrise 7:02 | Sunset 8:20 (20:20)


Includes



Travel, landscape, architecture, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Stoneridge Resort & Spa, Fairmont Banff Springs, Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge or similar - Banff area


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Calgary International Airport (YYC) - Transfer time to hotel 1hr 40min

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



Back country by horseback (optional)


Price



BANFF & LAKE LOUISE 6-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 18-23, 2017:  $4,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 3-8, 2017:  $3,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 17-22, 2018:  $4,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 2-7, 2018:  $4,295


Single Supplement:  $600

(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.



BANFF & LAKE LOUISE 6 DAYS


Day 1 | Johnson Lake - Bow Falls

We meet in the morning at our hotel in Banff National Park where we will spend the week together. After lunch we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. We will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. For sunset we will step into the wilds with a scenic trail that will lead you around breathtaking Johnson Lake. As we make our way along the lakeside trail, we will enjoy continuous views of Cascade Mountain, the unique forest floor of the Bow Valley, and a few marshy areas which may provide opportunities to view waterfowl and muskrats. Set at the base of the Castle in the Rockies, the Bow Falls were created by the erosion from glacial activity and the bow river. One of the most beloved waterfalls in Banff, this is an ideal location to try your hand at long exposures from various points along the falls. Afterwards we will celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants in Banff. (D)

Day 2 | Vermillion Lakes - Two Jack Lake - Lake Minnewanka

We begin with an early morning sunrise shoot west of the town of Banff and at the foot of Mount Norquay these three lakes provide stunning mountain reflections of Mt. Rundle and beautiful light. We will start our photographic journey at the first lake, and finish our time at the third and furthest lake. This location may provide opportunities to photograph wildlife such as bald eagles and elk. Should we be fortunate enough to have nature display the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) we will return to this location in the hopes that we will be able to photograph them and their reflection. Breakfast back at the hotel followed by a photographing session in downtown Banff.

If ever there was an iconic mountain town to be photographed, Banff is it. We will enjoy a scenic walking tour down Banff Ave and enjoy the peaks of Sulphur Mountains from the heart of town. While walking near town we will also visit the Cascade Gardens for a beautiful photographic opportunity of the heart of Banff. From there, we will connect with the Fenland Trail which leads us along a looped trail. This wetland marsh area is ideal for birding, elk and deer. The trail is lined with aspens, white spruce and poplar. Lunch and free time.

In the evening we will enjoy a sunset shoot at Two Jack Lake & Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive. Sunset will come alive at the shore of Two Jack Lake. We will take a short drive with several stops, which will provide breathtaking views of Cascade Mountain. Along this stretch of road, we may encounter Big Horn Sheep feeding alongside us. As we wait for the sun to set and the waters to calms, we’ll encounter beautiful mountain reflections and interesting foregrounds which will lend to some spectacular photography. (B)

Day 3 | The Hoodoos - Johnston Canyon - Lake Louise

Today we will explore the base of Tunnel Mountain along the Hoodoo Trail at sunrise. The Hoodoos were formed by several years of erosion and created with both soft and hard layers of rock and sand. These natural towers will provide interesting elements to our compositions. While along this easy trail, we will catch beautiful views of the north face of Mt. Rundle and the Bow River below. Breakfast back at the hotel.

Our mid morning shoot will be at Johnston Canyon where water forces its way and cuts through the limestone to form canyon walls, waterfalls, tunnels and pools. During the winter, this is a popular spot for ice climbing, however for our adventure we will grab our polarizing filters and create beautiful pictures of this rushing water. This is an easy trail to navigate but an experience nonetheless. As we make our way out of the canyon, we’ll pass through the forest and alongside Johnston creek. After lunch we’ll take a beautiful drive to Lake Louise. Our evening is free to just relax, take a hike or do some post processing. (B)

Day 4 | Lake Louise - Lake Agatha - Icefields Parkway

Another early morning drive to Lake Louise to photograph this iconic lake at sunrise. The crowds will have yet to arrive and we’ll enjoy a quiet morning as the sun kisses the peaks of the mountains. We’ll stop for a bite to eat at the Château Lake Louise and then embark on a morning photographic adventure on one of the many walks around the shoreline. Mid morning session with a Lake Louise Hike to Lake Agatha. Lake Agatha is a little more than a 2 mile (3.4 km) one way hike. Approximately 3 hours round trip plus time to photograph. Once we reach Lake Agnes, you can enjoy a European style Tea House (seasonal). We end at the Fairmont Lake Louise where we’ll enjoy lunch and have some free time to explore or some spa time.

Our sunset will include an introduction to the Icefields Parkway. We’ll head north on the TransCanada Highway and make several scenic stops including mossy waterfalls, mountain side creeks, and the outlet to the Bow River. We’ll chase the light and the glaciers as we embark on the Icefields Parkway and explore the vast breathtaking beauty of the peaks. And if time and weather permits, we may trek up the Bow Glacier Falls Trail. (B)

Day 5 | Moraine Lake - Morants Curve

Day five’s sunrise shoot will be at Moraine Lake. If there is a location not to be missed while exploring the Canadian Rockies, this treasure is it. Glacially fed, Moraine lake is in the heart of the Banff National Park.   Nestled in the valley of Ten Peaks with an elevation of roughly 6,000 feet. In June, the lake will fill and cast a distinct shade of blue that will be a memory you carry for the rest of your life. We’ll take our time at this location and enjoy lunch here. Several peaceful walks and casual hikes are nestled around Moraine, and this stunning location deserves several hours of exploration. We’ll enjoy lunch at Moraine Lake Bed & Breakfast followed by some free time.

We begin our trip back to Banff and on to Morants Curve. Made famous by Nicholas Morant, a staff photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway, this railway along the bow river is not to be missed. Set below the majestic Mount Temple, this was one of Morants favorite locations across Canada. We will capture the light off the slopes of the Rockies and if we’re lucky, we’ll even have the opportunity to photograph a train coming around the bend of Morants curve. 

Our Sunset adventure will begin with a trip to Castle Mountain. A mountain was never more appropriately named, and this is a castle that needs exploring. On our way back to Banff, we’ll stop to capture the setting sun. We’ll walk along the shores of the river. This is a very popular viewing area for birding. As the sun sets, we’ll enjoy some long exposure photography, photographing the water with slow shutter speeds to create a smooth ethereal photograph which will contrast nicely against the jagged peaks of the mountain. 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)

Day 6 | Banff

On our last morning we SLEEP IN! After breakfast we’ll take a mid morning gondola ride on the mountain tops as we ascend the side of beautiful Sulpher Mountain on the Banff Gondola. At the top you’ll enjoy a 360 degree view of 6 scenic mountain ranges at 7,486 feet above sea level. The view from the top of the range will leave you breathless and exhilarated with unlimited photographic opportunities. Back at the hotels we’ll checkout, trade contact information and bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay in Calgery or elsewhere in Canada and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (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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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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