Workshops / Workshops / Autumn Expedition: Camping with Cameras

The wail of a loon on a crisp autumn morning... a bull moose wading at the water's edge... fog rising off of a pristine lake to reveal stunning reflections of fall colours... ripples from your paddle the only thing to break the tranquility. This is Canada at its best. This is the heart and soul of Algonquin.

I am thrilled to be teaming up with Voyageur Quest this autumn to bring you a photography workshop that's wrapped up in a quintessential Canadian experience -- an expedition into the north-west corner of Algonquin Park. Join me for 3 days and 2 nights as we travel into the park by canoe, portage between lakes, camp under the stars, and explore the backcountry of Algonquin for majestic wildlife and stunning scenery to photograph.

This workshop is open to men and women of all skill levels who are interested in photography. It’s a chance to spend some time in nature in a fun and relaxed environment, learning tips and techniques to improve your photography.

Don't Delay! Registration closes August 7.

Workshop Dates:

Starts with lunch on Monday, September 21, 2020
Ends after lunch on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

What’s included?

  • Photography instruction by professional photographer Helen E. Grose

  • 2 nights safari style camping (individual tents, camping cots, pre-set campsites)

  • 2 experienced and knowledgeable wilderness guides

  • Gourmet backcountry meals – from lunch on September 21 to lunch on September 23 prepared for us by our wilderness guides

  • Park permits

  • Camping gear (except sleeping bags)

What's not included:

You are responsible for your own transportation to/from Algonquin Park Access Point #1 (Round Lake), South River (round-trip transportation from Toronto may be arranged through Voyageur Quest for an additional fee), sleeping bag, photography gear, appropriate clothing, alcoholic beverages, and anything required for your personal comfort. A full list of suggested gear and personal items will be provided after your deposit has been received.

All participants will be required to sign a waiver.

Rough Itinerary:

September 21 

Meet at Voyageur Outfitting for a welcome lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Paddle & portage to our campsite, which will already be set up for us

Settle in to camp and then enjoy dinner cooked over the fire

Head out for a sunset paddle and photos

September 22

Start the day at sunrise with a paddle through the mist in search of wildlife

Head back to camp for a late breakfast

Take an afternoon hike to photograph the fall colours

Then back to camp for another delicious meal fireside

Sit around the campfire and tell stories, and/or take an optional evening paddle

September 23

Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and breakfast

Paddle and portage back 

Enjoy a final farewell lunch at the Outfitter

Cost: $1,185 +hst

What can you expect during the workshop?

This workshop is as much about the experience, as it is making images. It's designed to get you out into nature, immersing yourself in adventures, which hopefully inspires you to capture images all along the way. In addition to Helen, there will be two wilderness guides who are well versed in the history and ecology of the park, so you'll have three guides from which to draw information. 

You can also expect:

  • Photographing whatever Mother Nature presents -- landscapes & wildlife -- as well as some man-made opportunities: a canoe on the water at dawn, friends enjoying a cook-out dinner around a campfire, a tent under the stars...

  • In-field instruction and back-of-camera critique.

  • A great group of like-minded people who will probably become fast friends!

  • Amazing food.

  • Portaging between lakes (carrying our gear over land between lakes).

  • A mix of photography skill levels.

  • Adventure rain, or shine!

Our wilderness guides are experienced instructors, so no paddling or camping experience is necessary to enjoy this workshop. After meeting, we'll have a canoeing lesson before venturing off to help bring you up to speed, or brush up your skills. This workshop involves paddling (seated or kneeling), walking on uneven surfaces and at different elevations, and carrying equipment and gear, so participants should be comfortable with being active for up to 4 hours at a time at a walking pace. As always, it's important to know and heed your limitations.

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 the area in high school -- during a canoe trip in Algonquin with girls from each grade. This trip was called the "Algonquin Expedition", hence the name of this workshop. 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 workshop, Helen will also 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. 

Voyageur Quest

Voyageur Quest is a small team of hard-working individuals who are determined to provide the best possible adventure experience to their clientele. Collectively, their mission continues to introduce people to the outdoors in a fun and comfortable way. Voyageur Quest specializes in Algonquin Park canoe trips and Algonquin lodge based adventures. Their Algonquin Park canoe trips are a “best of Canada” Canadian Tourism Commission “signature experience” and focus on wildlife, camping, outstanding gourmet meals, superior guides and memorable campsites. Algonquin lodge based canoe trips, hiking and wildlife interpretation take place out of their two eco lodges, the Algonquin Log Cabin and Algonquin Cottage Outpost, located in the northwest corner of Algonquin Provincial Park. 

Space is limited to 6 guests and will run only if the workshop is full.
Don't delay -- registration for this amazing photography workshop closes August 7!

Book your spot through Voyageur Quest by emailing info@voyageurquest.com or calling 1-416-486-3605

For bookings and information, please contact Voyageur Quest at info@voyageurquest.com or 416-486-3605

For information about the photography portion of the workshop, please contact Helen.

*Note: While we will do our best to locate wildlife to photograph, there are many factors outside our control; therefore, no guarantees are made.

Trip itineraries are subject to change at our guides' discretion.

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