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Women + Algonquin + Photography = One Amazing Weekend!

April 30 -- May 2, 2021


I'm so excited to be offering the 4th Annual Women’s Weekend in Algonquin Photography Workshop in 2021!

Join me as I lead you to stunning landscapes & local wildlife in and around Algonquin Park. I'll provide easy-to-understand in-field photography instruction and "back-of-camera" critique to help ensure you're coming away with images you'll be excited to share with friends and family. 


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


This year, I'm revising the format slightly. Why? I want to offer novice & beginner photographers a safe space, and the opportunity to spend a bit more time learning the fundamentals before we head into the park. I also wanted to increase our time out shooting, and allow those who simply want to join in the fun to skip the classroom and jump straight into the adventure. Planning for 2020/21 hasn't been easy, but this revised format allows us flexibility to change quickly with minimal disruption to the program.

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Workshop Date:

Friday, April 30 -- Sunday, May 2, 2021 in Algonquin Park

Optional in-class session Thursday, April 29 in Muskoka

Workshop Itinerary:

Mother Nature is our true guide, and we'll photograph whatever she puts in our path, but the path I've planned is designed to get us in the right place at the right time for when opportunity strikes!

Thursday, April 29 (optional add-on)

  • 1 p.m. -- 5 p.m. in-class learning in Helen's Gallery in Muskoka
    Learn about the components that go into making an image - aperture, shutter speed & ISO (known as the exposure triangle), and how to use them to capture the landscape & wildlife images you want. Learn how to read the camera's light meter, and the histogram to help ensure your image is properly exposed. Don't worry if these sound scary -- we'll go over all the details so they become familiar & make sense! We'll also talk a bit about composition, and some tools that will help you achieve better results. Sitting down to learn about these things in advance allows you the chance to focus and learn away from the excitement of the opportunity in front of you.

Friday, April 30

  • Optional Sunrise Session! 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    If you're arriving Thursday, join me in Algonquin for a FREE sunrise session!

  • 1:30 p.m. MEET AT THE MAD MUSHER, minutes east of Algonquin Park's East Gate. We'll get acquainted, go over the workshop "rules" and itinerary, and chat about ethics before the real adventure begins!

  • 2 - 4 p.m. afternoon photo session in Algonquin

  • 5 - 6:30 p.m. check into hotels (if not already settled in) & have some dinner (not included)

  • 7 - 8:45 p.m. sunset photo session in Algonquin

Saturday, May 1

  • 5 a.m. depart for our sunrise and morning photo session in Algonquin

  • 12 noon - 3:30 p.m. lunch break and free time to explore or rest

  • 3:30 - 8:45 p.m. afternoon & evening photo session in Algonquin

Sunday, May 2

  • 5 a.m. depart for our morning photo session on Algonquin

  • 12 noon lunch at The Mad Musher (not included) and workshop conclusion

What’s included:

  • Guiding to landscape & wildlife photo opportunities in Algonquin Provincial Park by someone who calls the park her second home

  • Individualized photography instruction, tips & techniques, and back-of-camera instruction by a full-time professional photographer with experience teaching at the college level

  • Packed breakfast on Saturday & Sunday (hard-boiled eggs, bannock, fruit juice, and a piece of fruit) prepared by The Mad Musher

What's not included:

You are responsible for:

  • Your own accommodation. I'd recommend you stay on the east side of Algonquin Park (Whitney) as The Mad Musher will be our "home-base". If you'd prefer to stay in the park, or on the west side (Dwight, Huntsville), we'll plan a meeting spot each morning. 

  • Transportation & fuel - while I'd normally recommend carpooling, current conditions require we each drive our own vehicles.

  • Meals (except your packed breakfast on Saturday & Sunday), snacks & hydration

  • Park pass

  • Photography gear, appropriate clothing, and anything required for your personal comfort.

A comprehensive list of suggested gear and personal items will be provided.


$695+hst per person

Optional add on cost: $85+hst

Payment Policy:

A 50% non-refundable payment is due at the time of booking to secure your space in the workshop, with the balance due March 1, 2021 (60 days prior). If you are booking within 60 days of the start of the workshop, the full workshop fee is due 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 workshop), you will be refunded 50% less transaction fees. Cancellations 60 days or fewer prior to the workshop are non-refundable.

What can you expect during the workshop?

Add-on Learning:

During the optional in-class learning session -- approximately 4 hours -- we'll cover the basics of photography (aperture, shutter speed, & ISO), as well as settings and composition specific to landscapes and wildlife. There are also a few more areas I cover, as I believe they're important components often overlooked, yet critical to your success. This session is in my gallery in Muskoka (between Bracebridge & Port Carling). I use my large screen TV and teach using a mix of text, graphics, and images. There is ample room for us to be spaced 6' apart with a clear view of the screen. My gallery is an hour away from Algonquin Park's West Gate.

Women's Weekend:

When we meet we'll cover the workshop rules, safety & ethics. After that, we head into the park with our cameras. You can also expect:

  • A fun weekend full of adventure with a great group of women who will probably become fast friends!

  • Learning about photography and Algonquin Park and its wild residents.

  • A mix of photography skill levels -- and learning from each other.

  • Long days - leaving 30-60 minutes before sunrise, eating breakfast on the go and likely eating dinner after sunset.

  • Photographing the sunrise, sunset, landscapes & wildlife -- whatever Mother Nature presents! We plan for landscape opportunities and "hope" for wildlife, hitting wildlife hot spots and doing a bit of animal tracking. 

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

  • Hiking anywhere from 5-12km/day on reasonably flat, well-worn trails with some obstacles (roots, rocks etc.). There will also be a hike to a lookout, which involves a short, steep climb.

  • In-field instruction and back-of-camera critique designed to help you in the areas you wish to improve.

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

  • Adventure rain, snow, or shine!

Please note: while I recommend bringing a telephoto lens for wildlife opportunities, you do not need to have one to enjoy this workshop. Also, you will not need to carry all your gear everywhere we go. I include recommendations for how to pack in the suggested gear list provided to participants.

Helen E. Grose
About Helen E. Grose - Your Guide & Instructor!

Helen is a full time professional photographer who lives in the heart of Muskoka, an hour away from Algonquin Park's West Gate. She fell in love with Algonquin in high school during her first canoe trip, 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 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. 

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.

Space is limited to 6 participants, so reserve your spot today for this amazing girls’ getaway!
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 makes 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. Free WiFi is available for those who wish to post and tweet about their amazing Algonquin adventures. 

For information about bookings & 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.