PLEASE NOTE: We have paused online registration for this workshop, as it's possible we will need to re-schedule. If you are interested in attending, please email Helen and she will contact you to discuss. We appreciate your understanding during this fluid situation.
Helen has partnered with Algonquin Outfitters to offer you an unforgettable photography adventure in Algonquin Park: a day in the backcountry!
Slip into your canoe and glide quietly down one of the park's interior creeks that's best known for wildlife viewing. This trip is timed perfectly to coincide with the appearance of the highly sought-after golden moose calves. Watch cow moose feed at the water's edge, while their calves look on from the shore. Maybe even capture a tender moment between mum and baby. Listen to the call of loons in the early morning, and photograph them as they hunt for food. Spend a day on the water, surrounded by gorgeous scenery, as you paddle past beaver lodges, marshy grasses, and among the lilies, soaking in all of Mother Nature's goodness as you go.
Choose one of two dates -- or both!
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
Individualized in-field photography instruction by Helen
Canoe, paddle, PFD, & safety kit
Water taxi to the mouth of the creek
Brief lesson by Algonquin Outfitters including an introduction to paddling technique, and standard canoe etiquette
Mid-morning snack (granola bar & fruit juice)
Family-style picnic lunch
Optional Intro to Photography from a Canoe (evening prior)
What's Not Included:
Transportation to/from Algonquin Outfitter's Opeongo Store
Park Pass (many accommodation providers include this -- we also recommend carpooling when possible)
Items for your personal comfort, including snacks, and hydration
Optional Dinner at The Mad Musher (evening prior)
Optional Add-On Day Along 60 (following day)
$375 +HST per person
A 50% non-refundable payment is due at the time of booking to secure your space, with the balance due 60 days prior to the workshop. If you are booking within 60 days of the workshop, the full workshop fee is due upon booking.
Please be sure to check your schedule prior to booking, as your initial payment is non-refundable. In the event you pay in full prior to the cancellation deadline (61 days prior), you will be refunded 50% less transaction fees. Cancellations 60 day or fewer prior to the workshop are non-refundable.
5:30 a.m. -- Meet at Algonquin Outfitters' (AO) Opeongo Store in Algonquin Park
6 a.m. -- AO water taxi to creek
6:15 a.m. -- Brief canoe lesson from AO before we set out along the creek
6:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Our time exploring the backcountry in our canoes
4 p.m. -- Water taxi back to the Opeongo Store
4:15 p.m. -- Workshop Conclusion
Optional Intro to Photography from a Canoe
Never photographed from a canoe? No problem! Join Helen at The Mad Musher the evening before your adventure from 5-6 p.m. for a brief "Intro to Photographing from a Canoe". She'll chat with you about settings and expectations, as well as answer any questions or concerns you may have to help you get the best out of your adventure. Then stay and enjoy dinner with Helen -- The Mad Musher has the best food! The intro session is included in the workshop fee, but the Welcome Dinner is not.
What to Expect:
A long, fun day in Algonquin's interior! We'll be spending a lot of time on the water, but the pace will be slow & leisurely.
You will be paddling your own canoe, which will likely be shared with another participant. Your gear will be in the canoe with you, so you're able to stop at any point to take photos.
The probability of wildlife (we can never guarantee that part).
Individualized photography instruction and back-of-camera critique from Helen.
A mix of photography & paddling skill levels - you will most likely be paired up in a canoe with another participant.
Adventure rain or shine! Some of the best photo opportunities happen during poor weather.
Biting bugs -- yes, it's spring in Algonquin! Bug protection is mandatory for this trip. Please bring a bug jacket and bug spray.
We will stop and head ashore for bathroom breaks, but will spend as much time on the water as possible, as fewer bugs will bother us there. There are no "washroom facilities", so please be prepared (mentally & physically) to use a tree -- and pack out all garbage, including toilet paper.
Optional Add-On Day Along 60 -- $85+HST
Want to maximize your time in Algonquin? Add an extra day in the park with Helen -- this time on land!
Dates Available: Sunday, June 14, and Tuesday, June 16 | 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.
~ We'll start the day at 6 a.m. and head into the park to search for and photograph wildlife and landscapes, letting Mother Nature be our guide. We'll end the day around 2 p.m., but of course you're welcome to stay & play as long as you like!
Individualized photography instruction, and guiding provided by Helen.
You are responsible for your own accommodation, transportation/gas, meals, and park pass.
We'll make a quick stop for those who wish to grab a bite on the go, but we'd recommend you pack a lunch and/or snacks to enjoy on the go.
IMPORTANT: To sign up for this add-on, you must already be signed up for the Backcountry Adventure.
While this workshop is designed to be reasonably accessible, there's a fair degree of exertion involved and participants must be comfortable performing these activities during a full day, as there will be no option to leave the workshop early. We have a scheduled water taxi service and are unable to call to change our pick-up time. Activities include, but are not limited to: paddling a canoe for hours at a time, climbing in to and out of a canoe & speedboat from various surfaces (including uneven, wet, and muddy ground, as well as swampy or spongy surfaces, or even shallow water), lifting your camera gear and personal items in to and out of a moving boat, pulling your canoe out of the water onto shore for breaks, and putting it back in the water after. It is your responsibility to know your limits and pace yourself accordingly.
About Helen E. Grose - Your Guide & Instructor!
Helen is a professional photographer who lives on a farm in Muskoka an hour away from the west gate. She first fell in love with Algonquin Park in high school -- during a canoe trip with girls from each grade. Her school's motto, "Mens sana in corpore sano" (a healthy mind in a healthy body), was ingrained in her, as she participated in these yearly canoe
trips, as well as dog-sled expeditions in winter. Now, she spends as much time in the park as possible -- hiking trails with her dogs, exploring with her camera, and leading & teaching clients, who will hopefully come away with a new, or renewed passion for Algonquin and all its incredible wildlife residents.
Helen's images have been published around the globe and she's often been described as an animal whisperer. Currently, Helen teaches nature and landscape photography at Georgian College and prides herself on using simple, easy to understand language.
During this adventure, Helen will touch on ethics in wildlife photography, as it’s an important part of any authentic encounter. While every effort is made to find wildlife to photograph, there are many factors outside our control and, therefore, no guarantees are made.
About Algonquin Provincial Park
Originally established as "Algonquin National Park of Ontario" in 1893, Algonquin Park is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Due to a movement to create a true national parks system in 1913, its name was changed to what it's known as today, Algonquin Provincial Park. The park covers approximately 7,653 square kilometres of land between northern and southern Ontario. Roughly a 3.5 hour drive north of Toronto, a 3 hour drive west of Ottawa, and a 3 hour drive south-east of Sudbury, Algonquin Park is easily accessible to a large population, making it a favourite playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The mix of coniferous and deciduous forests found within the park's boundaries make it home to a diverse number of flora and fauna. As a result, Algonquin is one of the most well-researched parks in the country. Algonquin Park has a rich history, which includes logging, railway and, of course, the arts as a favourite subject - and place of death - of the famed Tom Thompson.
About Algonquin Outfitters
Since 1961, Algonquin Outfitters has been providing high-quality Algonquin Park backcountry adventures for the entire family. They specialize in all-inclusive guided canoe trips, lightweight canoe rentals and camping packages designed to suit a wide variety of needs and preferences.
Algonquin Outfitters’ family of retail stores in Algonquin Park, Muskoka and Haliburton Highlands has a wide range of retail equipment to fuel your adventure, including technical clothing, outerwear and casual wear, road and mountain bikes, canoes, kayaks, camping gear, wakeboards, waterskis and much more.
Let their experienced and knowledgeable staff help outfit your adventure in the great outdoors today!