Chilcotin Grizzly Bear Photography Tour - British Columbia, Canada
Join John for a Grizzly Bear Photo Tour in the Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia
Trip #1: September 24th-October 1st, 2017, with John E. Marriott as tour leader
Trip #2: October 1st-8th, 2017, with John E. Marriott as tour leader
Trip #3: October 8th-15th, 2017, with Brandon T. Brown as tour leader (see below)
Sockeye Salmon, A Large Grizzly, and a Bald Eagle from the Chilcotin Mountains
Participants will be staying at a backcountry lodge in the middle of the Chilcotin Mountains, accessible via a private airstrip (participants will fly in on a one-hour charter plane flight from Vancouver, British Columbia over the spectacular Coast Mountain Range). This lodge has several different boats that we will be using on the lake and river to access areas that the grizzlies frequent. We will be floating the river and lakeshore to find the best spots and the best bears.
Expect all of the photography to be done from boats and to be of varying degrees of difficulty, as we will be on a moving river. This is not going to be your typical 'set up and shoot' type of tour, rather, it is a unique and exciting photo tour that will challenge every skill you have as a wildlife photographer. You can expect to be shooting hand-held, and with a monopod, beanbag, or tripod off of a flat-bottomed fly-fishing boat (most participants favour a monopod as the best way to get good shots). Expect to be shooting in a variety of weather conditions; while normal temperatures are in the low to mid-teens (approx 50-60 F) at that time of year, there is the potential for heavy winds, rain, or even snow. Morning temperatures can often be at or below freezing.
Each trip is a full six-and-a-half days photographing grizzlies, eagles, and everything else we can find (it's not uncommon to photograph black bears, common mergansers, ospreys, belted kingfishers, harlequin ducks, and barrow's goldeneyes). Fall colours usually begin peaking on the first trip and conclude on the second/third.
I'm excited to be the first professional wildlife photographer to lead tours here and I'm looking forward to providing you with some amazing opportunities to photograph mountain grizzlies, black bears, salmon, bald eagles, and more.
Note that for 2017 I will only be leading the second tour due to scheduling conflicts, and will be having my friend and colleague, Brandon T. Brown, an amazing wildlife photographer from Canmore, Alberta, leading the third week. The first week, September 24th-October 1st, which is the prime week for fall colours, is going to be run without a full 'photo leader' this year -- instead the photographers will be organized by the Head Guide, Josh Reimer, who is an excellent amateur wildlife photographer and has over ten years experience guiding photographers on the river.
All Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours are non-smoking tours.
Stay Tuned for More Information on John's 2018 Grizzly Bear Photography Trips to British Columbia.
Grizzly Bear Photo Tour in the Chilcotin Mountains (tentative dates late September - early October, 2018)
Contact John if you are interested in more details as they become available for his 2018 grizzly bear photography tours