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Algonquin Awakening Photography Adventure

As the air warms and the ice thaws, Algonquin Park and its wild inhabitants awake. There's an excitement in the air as wildlife starts to move about, filling their bellies, and getting back into a routine after a sleepy winter. Join Helen for this 2-day photography adventure as we go in search of Algonquin's wild faces to photograph.

We'll track wildlife using all the clues Mother Nature provides. No formal teaching, or classroom time, just immersing ourselves in nature with our cameras and a few like-minded souls (maximum of 4 - plus me!).


  • Two days of guiding to photo opportunities in and around Algonquin Park

  • Individualized in-field instruction & back-of-camera critique


  • Accommodation

  • Transportation & gas (carpooling is recommended)

  • Meals & hydration

  • Daily vehicle permit

  • Photography gear and items required for your personal comfort

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Thursday, April 20 - Friday, April 21, 2023



A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking to secure your space. The non-refundable balance is due on Sunday, February 19, 2023.  If you are booking within 60 days of the start of the adventure, fees are due in full at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy:

Please be sure you check your schedule prior to booking, as your initial payment of 50% is non-refundable. In the event you pay in full prior to the cancellation deadline (61 days or more prior to the adventure), you will be refunded 50% less transaction fees. Cancellations on or after Sunday, February 19, 2023 are non-refundable and non-transferable.



  • Long days in the great outdoors!

    • We will be meeting around 5:30 - 6 a.m. each day

    • Lunch break for roughly 1-1.5hrs around 12:30 p.m.

    • Quick comfort breaks throughout the day

    • Finishing around 8:30 p.m. each day

  • A fair amount of driving -- it takes roughly an hour to drive from one side of the park to the other and we will likely drive the full width at least once per day.

  • Potentially hiking anywhere from 5-12km/day on trails that may be muddy, or snow & ice covered, and include roots, rocks, hills & stairs. This is designed to be reasonably accessible, but If you have mobility issues or health concerns that may prevent you from fully enjoying the adventure, we'd suggest contacting Helen to discuss other options. It is every individual's responsibility to know their limitations, pace themselves accordingly, and participate only in what they're comfortable and confident doing.

  • While there is no formal instruction during this adventure, Helen is there to help those who have questions or require individual assistance. She will also offer back-of-camera critique to those interested - and you're bound to pick up some tracking tips & tricks! Helen will discuss ethics in wildlife photography at the outset and expect everyone to respect the park and her inhabitants. There is to be absolutely no feeding of wildlife, as this is prohibited in our parks.

  • A small group (4 max!) of like-minded people who will probably become fast friends!

  • A mix of photography skill levels.

  • Adventure rain, snow, or shine -- warm, or cold!


Please note: I highly recommend bringing a telephoto lens to get the most out of this opportunity. While we may find ourselves reasonably close to some wildlife, part of respecting the wildlife we photograph is keeping a safe distance. The most typical range of focal lengths used are between 200mm and 600mm. If you do not have a telephoto lens and you do not want to rent one, you can still participate and enjoy yourself, but please be mindful that your images will reflect your gear's capabilities, and as such will show more of the landscape (which I, personally, love!). If you are concerned about your gear, please feel free to contact me prior to booking.

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Individualized in-field instruction is suitable for all levels. In addition to private lessons & workshops, Helen has taught Nature & Landscape Photography at Georgian College, and has been described as having a knack for explaining complex ideas simply. Among other things, Helen can help you understand the components of the Exposure Triangle and how they work together, trouble-shoot why you may not be getting the sharpest images, help you set up your camera properly, explain how to read a scene and incorporate the elements of design into your composition, and teach you how to read the histogram - the best indicator to determining if an image is properly exposed. Helen shoots in manual exposure mode and has made it her mission to get others off program mode and comfortable exploring their cameras' full capabilities to enable them to get their desired results. Helen is patient, thoughtful, and hard-working. Many of her clients appreciate her quiet, non-judgemental, and relaxed manner and book additional sessions with her. For more information about your guide & instructor, please read Helen's bio.

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While we do our best to find wildlife to photograph, we make no guarantees.

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