Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours and Expeditions
Great Trips, Great Groups, Great Prices!
Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours offers photography tours and expeditions intended to get you to fantastic wildlife photography locations throughout Canada for a reasonable price with a good group of like-minded photographers.
The primary focus of all of our tours is on wildlife photography from dawn until dusk in some of Canada's premier wildlife viewing places. These are strictly photo tours, so unlike my photography workshops that place an emphasis on learning and photography instruction, these tours are geared towards getting out there and getting great shots. Because of this, these tours are primarily designed for more advanced wildlife photographers that don't require a lot of tutelage. Myself or one of my photo tour leaders will be photographing right alongside you, making sure that we go to the best spots at the best times of day with guidance from the tour operators that we have chosen to travel with on these tours and expeditions.
With this in mind, I have sought out tour operators that are familiar with working with wildlife photographers and with the special demands that we can place on an operator. And more importantly, I've selected small, personal companies that offer premium trips to exotic Canadian locales, places that I had a strong desire to visit, or revisit, and photograph in, like the Arctic and the Great Bear Rainforest. I have contracted with these operators to book entire trips with them at their normal rates, which I am able to pass along to you with little or no markup.
The advantages to booking a wildlife photography tour with Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours are three-fold: one, you occasionally get opportunities to go on trips that are not normally available for single photographers on their own, like the 2010 Arctic Ice Floe Trip. Two, you get to bypass the small operators' normal clientele, which can include a mix of people that may or may not be interested in wildlife photography. On each of our tours, you will be with a group of wildlife photographers intent on getting to the best spots and utilizing every last second of daylight to maximize your photographic opportunities. And finally, three, if you do have photography-related questions, I've always got either myself or another professional photographer as a tour leader there to provide answers and advice throughout your tour.
Please check below for our confirmed and tentative tours/dates for 2018 and 2019. If you would like to be updated when new trips are finalized or existing ones are changed, please contact me.
Note that previous tour and workshop clients are given first priority for all tours and workshops when they are announced. Many trips do fill up before they are ever offered to the public/new clientele.
Khutzeymateen Spring Grizzly Bear Photography Tour - Grizzlies and Other Wildlife in the Northern Great Bear Rainforest
Trip Departure Point: Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Trip Dates: May 10th-18th (8-Day) and May 17th-22nd (5-Day), 2018
(maximum 6 participants) SOLD OUT
Trip Cost: $6195 Cdn + gst (8-Day) / $4495 + gst (5-Day), all-inclusive from Prince Rupert **
Trip Leader: John E. Marriott
Availability: Contact John to book now!
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Photographs from the Great Bear Rainforest in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary
I am thrilled to announce my seventh and eight spring grizzly bear photography tours in May 2018 to the northern reaches of British Columbia's beautiful Great Bear Rainforest, including four full days in the world famous Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary on each tour. The 8-day trip includes a 6-hour exploratory journey up the coast north of Prince Rupert to the Khutzeymateen and the neighbouring wilderness conservancies. On the longer tour, we spend 2.5 days looking for wolves and bears north of the Khutzeymateen, then move into the Khutzeymateen for the final four full days. On the shorter tour, we go straight into the Khutzeymateen and spend the entire trip there. On both trips, we spend the majority of our time searching for grizzly bears, black bears, wolves and other wildlife amid the magnificent coastal scenery of the Great Bear Rainforest. On the longer trip, participants may also see humpback whales, sea lions or orcas.
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This trip requires a moderate level of fitness. Expect the photography to be challenging, but rewarding! Maximum six participants (plus John).
** Trip prices include accommodation, dinner, and breakfast in Prince Rupert on May 10th/11th for the 8-day trip and on May 17th/18th for the 5-day trip.
Contact John if you are interested in reserving a spot on the 2018 Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Photo Tour
Spirit Bear Photography Tour - Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia - Spirit Bears, Grizzly Bears, Humpback Whales, and Salmon
Trip Departure Point: Terrace, B.C.
Trip Dates: September 6th-14th, 2018
(maximum 6 participants) (SOLD OUT)
Trip Cost: $6795 Cdn + gst from Prince Rupert
(includes accommodation and dinner in Terrace on the 6th)
Trip Leader: John E. Marriott
Availability: Contact John to reserve a 2018 spot now! or Click for more information on the 2018 Spirit Bear Photo Tour!
Photos from the Great Bear Rainforest
A once-in-a-lifetime week-long tour into the Great Bear Rainforest on the British Columbia coast in search of spirit bears (white kermode bears - a black bear with a double recessive gene that is only found in a small area on the B.C. Coast), grizzly bears, black bears, humpback whales, bald eagles, and salmon. Join me aboard the 71-foot Ocean Light II ketch (sailboat) along one of the world's most spectacular coastlines for a tour that includes some unbelievable opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography and takes you to some of the best bear viewing
locations in the world!
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This trip requires a moderate to good level of fitness and may involve hiking on uneven and wet terrain. Weather conditions may be variable and participants must be
prepared for adverse weather including torrential rain
and cold temperatures. Although conditions may be
difficult at times, the rewards are worth it, as you become
part of just a small percentage of people who have explored
the wonders of the Great Bear Rainforest. Maximum six participants (plus me).
Contact John now to reserve a spot on the 2018 Spirit Bear Photo Tour
Marine Mammal Photography Tour - Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Sea Lions, Dolphins, Sea Otters
Trip Departure Point: Port McNeill, British Columbia
Trip End Point: Port McNeill, British Columbia
Trip Dates: August 9th-17th, 2018 (maximum 6 participants) SOLD OUT
Trip Cost: $5395 Cdn + gst, from Port McNeill, BC
Trip Leader: John E. Marriott
Availability: Contact John to book now! or Click for more information on the Marine Mammals Photo Tour!
Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Steller Sea Lions, and Orcas photographed on the Marine Mammals Photo Tour
A full week-long tour through the magnificent coastal waters of Johnstone Strait off the north end of Vancouver Island, one of the premier places in the world to view and photograph orcas (killer whales). This amazing wildlife-rich area is also home to humpback whales, minke whales, Steller sea lions, harbour seals, pacific white-sided dolphins, dalls porpoises, sea otters, and an incredible variety of bird species.
You can expect to get great photo opportunities with orcas, Steller sea lions, and harbour seals, along with excellent chances at all of the other species listed above, including BC's endangered sea otters. This is an incredible tour to one of the most spectacular marine environments in the world!
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Note: there will be some photo instruction on this tour as an added bonus. Participants will also be encouraged to share and critique images each evening.
This trip requires a moderate level of fitness. The majority of the photography will be done from the deck of the Ocean Light II and from a zodiac, with or without tripods/monopods (you can expect to be hand-holding for much of the photography). Expect the photography to be challenging, but rewarding! Maximum six participants (plus John).
Trip pricing includes accommodation, dinner, and breakfast in Port McNeill on August 9th/10th.
Contact John if you are interested in reserving a spot on the 2018 Orca Marine Photo Tour
Grizzly Bear Tour - Chilcotin Mountains - Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Sockeye Salmon, Bald Eagles
Trip Departure Point: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Trip Dates: September 23rd-30th, 2018 (SOLD OUT), September 30th - October 7th, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
Trip Cost: $6195 Cdn + gst, all-inclusive from Vancouver
Trip Leaders: John E. Marriott (1st week) -- John E. Marriott (2nd week)
Availability: Contact John to reserve a spot now! or Click for more information on the Chilcotin Grizzly Bear Photo Tours!
Grizzly Bear Sow and Cub in the Chilcotin Mountains
A unique opportunity to photograph one of British Columbia's largest sockeye salmon runs in the remote fly-in Chilcotin wilderness. This is one of my most popular tours and has sold out for twelve consecutive trips. It offers a unique destination for wildlife photographers that features mountain grizzly bears (NOT coastal bears) and black bears, as well as bald eagles, and a host of other wildlife, feeding on the brilliant red sockeye salmon. I visited this isolated region in 2008 and 2009 and was struck by the incredible potential it had for wildlife photography given its remote, difficult-to-get-to location in a stunning mountain setting, full of accommodating bears. I led my first tours there in 2010 and that trip and the following trips from 2011-2016 were such a resounding success that more than half of those participants have returned to photograph the bears again (which is why this trip is such a hot ticket)! So please come join me for some amazing photography in one of Canada's premier grizzly bear photography locations.
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This trip requires a moderate level of fitness. The majority of the photography will be done from boats, with or without tripods/monopods. Expect the photography to be very challenging, but rewarding! Maximum five participants per tour (plus leader).
Contact John if you are interested in reserving a spot on a 2018 Grizzly Bear Tour.