Moose, bighorn sheep, elk, mountain goats, coyotes, foxes, deer and more, all in one of Canada’s most spectacular locations!
Workshop I — Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Dates: October 19-24, 2023 (1 of 5 spots remaining)
Trip Cost: $3995 + gst (includes accommodation and first night’s dinner, but not other meals or transportation)
Workshop II — Start: Jasper, AB, Canada / End: Grande Cache, AB, Canada
Dates: October 24-31. 2023 (SOLD OUT)
Trip Cost: $4995 Cdn + gst (includes accommodation and first night’s dinner, but not other meals or transportation)
** All workshop participants must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.
This year features two different workshops/tours: the first is a five-day, five-night adventure geared specifically toward beginner and intermediate photographers; the second is as much a photo tour as a workshop, a seven-day, seven-night trip geared toward intermediate and advanced photographers. Both workshops focus on finding and photographing wildlife in the gorgeous Canadian Rockies with professional wildlife and nature photographer John E. Marriott, Canon Canada Ambassador, author/photographer of the Canadian bestseller, Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies: A Glimpse at Life on the Wild Side and seven other books, and former contributing editor for Outdoor Photography Canada magazine.
Boasting some of the world’s largest bighorn sheep rams and bull elk, a full range of wild predators, and spectacular mountain backdrops, Jasper is one of Canada’s finest wildlife photography locations. Workshop participants may get opportunities to photograph elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, moose, coyotes, red fox, wolves, black bears, grizzly bears, mountain caribou, owls, bald eagles and more, as well as the beautiful mountain scenery.
The primary focus of this workshop will be on enhancing your skills as a beginner or intermediate wildlife photographer while photographing wildlife throughout the park (note that Workshop II will not have as much of a focus on learning and will operate more like a photo tour than a workshop). However, there will be a secondary focus on nature photography in general, so you may get to also photograph landscapes occasionally during sunrise or sunset, as well as during the days if the weather is spectacular or the wildlife is not cooperating. The late fall workshops may also feature a secondary focus on wildlife tracking if there is fresh snow. Workshop I will feature a very strong instructional component for photographers wishing to learn more about wildlife and nature photography and is perfectly suited to beginner and intermediate wildlife photographers.
Each workshop is limited to 3 or 5 participants so that our footprint on the park’s wildlife is limited. Each participant will be asked if they are willing to share a vehicle so we can further limit our impact on the park and on park wildlife.
This trip requires a moderate to good level of fitness with the ability to hike up to four kilometres in a day with camera gear. However, the majority of the photography will be done from roadsides (this workshop/tour does involve a lot of driving) to minimize our impact on wildlife (with the potential to venture onto several trails or away from roadsides if weather, wildlife and time permits). If we have fresh snow, participants can expect less overall hiking, but the hiking we do may be through deep snow or on fresh ice, so it will also require at least a moderate level of fitness (participants can expect to have to climb several hundred meters up small, icy hills to photograph bighorn sheep, for instance). Using our vehicles to travel around the park also works extremely well for photographing some of the park’s more elusive and sensitive wildlife like wolves or bears (during this week-long workshop, our chances of seeing wolves are still fairly slim, but we do have a good chance of seeing black or grizzly bears at some point).
The Jasper Wildlife and Nature Photography Workshop price includes your photography instruction from John (4 and 6 full-day field sessions, for Workshop I and II — plus a morning session on the final day, as well as some seminar-style instruction on at least one evening, covid-permitting), and five nights single occupancy accommodation in the Town of Jasper at Marmot Lodge (Workshops I and II) and two nights in Grande Cache at Grande Mountain Lodge (Workshop II).
Transportation and meals are not included other than the first night’s group dinner, though participants will be able to eat together (and with John) if they choose to, provided we can do so depending on Covid-19 protocols in place at the time of the workshop.
All Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours are non-smoking, fully vaccinated tours. Participants will be required to sign a waiver and a Terms and Conditions Cancellation Policy.
Please note that a $1250 (including gst) non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot on a Jasper Wildlife Photography Workshop. The balance owing for 2023 is due 90 days prior to your trip departure and is also non-refundable, however, upon cancellation, the majority of this balance owing may be transferred to another workshop or tour if John is able to fill your spot as per the Terms and Conditions. We highly recommend all workshop and tour participants purchase independent trip cancellation insurance to protect against unforeseen circumstances. In the event of a last-minute COVID-19 travel advisory within 14 days of your workshop start date that results in the cancellation of the workshop, 75% of all monies paid will be refunded or rolled over to 2024 and 25% will be retained by Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours to cover administration and operating expenses.