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Workshops / Workshops / Autumn Off the Grid

I am thrilled to team up with Voyageur Quest to offer an incredible photography workshop experience in Canada's most photogenic season -- autumn!

Visitors from around the world flock to the areas around Muskoka & Algonquin Park to see the vibrant colours, breath-taking vistas, and the chance to glimpse some of the region's infamous wildlife residents... but you won't have to worry about crowds, or traffic to enjoy the season in all its glory because we'll be off-grid along the north-west edge of Algonquin!

Immerse yourself in nature, connect with its beauty, and not only be inspired to create images, but also become more educated about your surroundings, all while experiencing unique opportunities -- stay in an off-grid log cabin, paddle in a 26' voyageur canoe, enjoy a bonfire dinner, and canoe through morning fog in search of wildlife.

This workshop is open to men and women of all ages and 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.

Workshop Dates:

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

What’s included?

  • Guiding & photography instruction by professional photographer Helen E. Grose

  • 2 nights accommodations at Voyageur Quest's rustic Algonquin Log Cabin

  • Gourmet meals – from lunch on September 21 to lunch on September 23

  • Comprehensive canoe lesson & interpretive hikes

  • Use of canoes, and sauna

What's not included:

You are responsible for your own transportation to/from Voyageur Quest (round-trip transportation from Toronto may be arranged through Voyageur Quest for an additional fee), 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.

Cost:

$875 + HST per person (double occupancy)

Accommodation Description:

We'll be staying lake-side in the Algonquin Log Cabin at Voyageur Quest, which is at the edge of the north-west corner of Algonquin Park. It's truly off the beaten path and off-grid, so there's no electricity. Nighttime lighting is with candles and kerosene lanterns, which adds to the rustic Canadian charm - and photo opps! There are six bedrooms that share two washrooms. Each bedroom accommodates two people. Our home-cooked meals are enjoyed at a large harvest table. Spend your free time relaxing on the dock with your toes in the water, reading on the sundeck, unwinding in the sauna, or loafing on the couch in front of the massive fireplace. 

What can you expect during the workshop?

This workshop is as much about the experience, as it is making photos. It's designed to get you out into nature, immersing yourself in adventures, which hopefully inspires you to capture images all along the way. At some points in the workshop, there will be a wilderness guide in addition to Helen, so you'll have two experts from which to draw information. There may also be other guests enjoying the activities, which adds potential for including a human element in your photos (with their permission, of course).

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 bonfire, a cabin under the stars...

  • An afternoon break (free-time to rest, refresh, review, or explore on your own).

  • Hiking anywhere from 5-10km/day on well-worn trails with some obstacles (roots, rocks etc.).

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

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

  • Amazing food, simple accommodations.

  • A mix of photography skill levels.

  • Adventure rain, snow, or shine!

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. 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, so reserve your spot today for this amazing photography workshop!

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

Photos in this film strip are courtesy of Voyageur Quest

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

For information about 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.

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