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Workshops / Workshops / Fall in Love with Algonquin
Fall Photography Workshop in Algonquin Park

Autumn is the season of love in Algonquin Park -- visitors from around the world fall for the vibrant colours and breath-taking vistas, and moose are on the hunt for a mate. It's the perfect time to visit Canada's oldest provincial park in all its glory!

September 18 - 20, 2019

The Mad Musher and I have teamed up for a second year to offer the Fall in Love with Algonquin Photography Workshop.

This three-day, two-night workshop is open to men and women of all ages and skill levels who are interested in nature and wildlife 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, while being lead to some of the most photogenic places -- and hopefully faces! -- in Algonquin Park.


The Mad Musher has reserved the back room upstairs to give workshop participants the space and privacy needed to feel comfortable asking questions, sharing information and being immersed in learning. The workshop will consist of some classroom learning to start, in-field instruction and "back of camera" critique, and, of course, lots of time exploring Algonquin Park with our cameras. We'll be photographing both landscapes and wildlife.

Workshop Dates:

Starts 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Ends 3 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019

Mid-September is the ideal time to visit Algonquin Park. Historically, the sugar maples in the park have not yet reached peak colours, which means there's no "peak colour madness" on the roads and trails, but we should still see a bit of colour. This is also around the start of the moose rut (mating season), which improves our chances of photographing this majestic animal at its best. And, we chose mid-week to give us more freedom to roam without the worry of weekend congestion.

What’s included?

Wednesday, September 18 – lunch, dinner & accommodations at The Mad Musher
Thursday, September 19 – breakfast (on the go), lunch, dinner & accommodations at The Mad Musher
Friday, September 20 – brunch at The Mad Musher
September 18 -- 20 – guiding & photography instruction ~ nature, landscapes & wildlife* at The Mad Musher & in and around Algonquin Provincial Park

Park permits will be provided for use while on the workshop.

What's not included:

You are responsible for your own transportation (we will be carpooling during our outings in the park), fuel, photography gear, appropriate clothing, snacks, drinks outside of meal times and alcoholic drinks during meal times, and anything required for your personal comfort.

A full list of suggested gear and personal items will be provided with a loose itinerary after your deposit has been received.

All participants will be required to sign a waiver.


$700 + HST per person for shared accommodation

Rooming Description:

The Mad Musher has 4 private bedrooms with 2 shared bathrooms, and a full communal kitchen. Each room accommodates at least 2 people. Two rooms have one double bed each, one room has two sets of bunk beds, and the fourth room has a double bed and a bunk. Where people opt to share, it's possible that each person will have a ground-level bed. For double occupancy, you may share with a friend or family member, or be paired with another (same gender) workshop participant. Please inform us at the time of booking with whom you plan to share. In the event you opt to be placed in a shared room with another workshop participant and we are unable to fill the space, you will be charged the appropriate single supplement. Please see below for single supplement details.

Single Supplement:

If you would prefer single occupancy, we offer two options:

1. Private room with shared bathroom at The Mad Musher - $100+HST

2. Completely private room at Algonquin Rolling Rapids Motel across the river - $160+HST

Single occupancy is first come, first served. 

Payment Policy:

50% deposit required at time of booking to reserve your spot. 
Balance due upon arrival.

Cancellation Policy:

60 days or more prior to workshop, cancellation fee is $250+HST 
31-59 days prior to workshop, cancellation fee is $350+HST 
30 days or less prior to workshop, cancellation fee is $800+HST

What can you expect during the workshop?

We'll start the workshop with a bit of in-class learning - approximately 2-3 hours. We'll cover some photography basics (it never hurts to brush up!), as well as settings specific to landscapes and wildlife. There are also a few more advanced areas I cover, as I believe they're important components often overlooked, yet critical to your success. And, we'll cover the workshop rules, safety & ethics. After that, we head into the park with our cameras. You can also expect:

  • A fair amount of driving - it takes about an hour to get from one end of the park to the other.

  • Long days - leaving 30-60 minutes before sunrise and likely eating dinner after sunset.

  • Eating breakfast on the go, and lunch & dinner at The Mad Musher Restaurant.

  • Photographing the sunrise, sunset, landscapes & wildlife - whatever Mother Nature presents!

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

  • Hiking anywhere from 5-10km/day on flat, well-worn trails with some obstacles (roots, rocks etc.), and a short, steep hike to a lookout for sunset.

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

  • A great group of like-minded people (maximum of 6) 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 fell in love with Algonquin Park during a canoe trip in high school and has since experienced some incredible moments with many of the park’s famous residents – moose, foxes, wolves, bears and beavers. She will take you to some of her favourite places and

provide you with information that will help increase your chances of finding and photographing wildlife, safely and ethically.

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 weekend, 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. 

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.

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About The Mad Musher

The Mad Musher Restaurant & Riverside Rooms is located in Whitney, Ontario - a few minutes east of Algonquin Park's east gate. Situated next to the rushing Madawaska River, its close proximity to the park and its down-home charm make it a favourite place for park visitors & artists of all types to meet, stay and eat. Its accommodations consist of four bedrooms that share two washrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a TV room - all below the restaurant, accessible through a separate entrance steps away from the river. The restaurant's varied menu offers a mix of traditional North American favourites and dishes for those with more adventurous tastebuds, as well as vegetarian and gluten free options. The restaurant's back room is perfect for private functions requiring a bit of space and privacy. Free WiFi is available for those who wish to post and tweet about their amazing Algonquin adventures. 

Space is limited to 6 participants, so reserve your spot today for this amazing photography workshop!

For bookings and information about The Mad Musher Restaurant & Riverside Rooms, please contact The Mad Musher at

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.