Workshops / Guided Tours
Photography Tours & Guiding
"My friend and I asked Helen to give us a private tour on short notice as we were going to be around the area. She was there waiting for us before sunrise and she spent the whole day with us looking for moose. She knows the area well and is a great spotter. She is also very nice and easy to get along with. My friend and I appreciate how hard she tried despite the rain all day. Of course things paid off in the end as we found a cow and twin moose calves. What a wonderful day and THANKS, Helen!"
Have a small group of friends looking for a guide in Muskoka or Algonquin Park?
Are you a club or organized group interested in photographing landscapes, waterfalls or wildlife?
Are you flying solo and hoping to "tag along"?
Guiding is a great option for those who would like to spend some time photographing nature, wildlife, landscapes or waterfalls, but don't know where to go, or -- for safety, fun or just plain, old-fashioned companionship -- would like to share an adventure with someone else. Please note that there's a difference between workshops, lessons & tours. Workshops are designed with a small group in mind and include a learning component, as well as hands-on instruction in the field. Lessons are more intensive learning opportunities, but designed with the individual in mind. Tours do not include a learning component. It is expected that you know how to use your equipment to your satisfaction. While you may pick up some knowledge about wildlife and tracking, tours are focused on guiding you to the right places at the right times for photo opportunities.
Each situation is unique and, as such, requires different levels of work and organization. Please contact Helen for a customized quote and be sure to include as many details as possible, specifically:
~ Number of individuals participating
~ Fitness level of participants and any physical limitations that must be considered (this includes ability to navigate trails of varying degrees of difficulty, as well as the duration comfortable hiking with your photography gear)
~ Desired duration of tour (hours/days)
~ Any budget requirements or considerations
~ Subjects you're most interested in e.g. landscapes, wildlife
~ Desired date(s)
Depending on your answers to the above questions, Helen may require additional information in order to prepare a customized quote. Again, these quotes are for guiding only. No photography instruction will be provided. While you will likely gather some information about tracking wildlife, and animal behaviour, you must be comfortable using your camera and photography gear. For those seeking instruction or help with their camera while still being guided to photogenic spots in and around Algonquin Park and Muskoka, please visit my Lessons page. If none of those lessons suited you, I'd be happy to provide a quote for a custom lesson.
Please note: all participants are required to sign a release, indemnity & non-disclosure agreement. Participants will not disclose, or take others to, the locations we visit, nor may they offer lessons, workshops, tours, or similar activities in the area. Participants may not engage in behaviour that disturbs or harasses wildlife, such as baiting, luring, or flushing. Any such behaviour will result in the tour ending immediately, with no refund. Part of nature and wildlife photography means respecting our subjects, and the environment in which they live.
Spend a day - or two, or more! - in Canada's oldest provincial park!
Opportunities are endless, offering an array of beautiful lakes and forest landscapes, as well as some of Canada's favourite animals - moose, foxes, wolves, beavers and loons.
Whether you're interested in grand vistas or macro details, there's always something amazing to photograph in Algonquin Park.
Note: While every effort is made to find wildlife to photograph, there are many factors outside of our control and, therefore, no guarantees are made.
Waterfalls of Muskoka
Spend a day in "cottage country", exploring and photographing some waterfalls of this picturesque regions.
With its wealth of lakes and the rocky outcroppings of the Canadian Shield, Muskoka is home to a number of stunning waterfalls that flow year-round.
Capture a thundering roar or a delicate trickle as you soak up the beauty of this place that keeps landing in National Geographic's "Top 10".
Note: rain fall has a great impact on the flow of waterfalls, so this will be a consideration when booking.
**Note for all services: prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Additional travel fees may be applicable for locations more than 40km from my home-base in Bracebridge**