Wildlife & Grizzly Bear Photography Workshops
Capturing Grizzly Bears & Other Wildlife Through the Camera Lens
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is excited to host several Wildlife & Grizzly Bear Photography Workshops each year among the staggering backdrop of glaciers, rugged peaks and lush old growth coastal forests that characterize British Columbia’s Bella Coola region. Every autumn, when salmon return from the ocean to spawn in their rivers of origin, the Bella Coola Valley becomes home to a staggering concentration of grizzly bears. Ursus arctos horribilis – the grizzly. It is the apex predator of the British Columbia coast and capturing this majestic animal in its natural setting through the lens of a camera can be one of life’s most thrilling experiences for both professional and novice photographers.
Wildlife photography requires intimate knowledge of animal behavior, technical understanding of light and composition and a willingness to place yourself in a natural setting and await the perfect combination of light, action and beauty. Our professional photographers will help you to learn many tricks of the trade that has resulted them in getting their images published in a multitude of magazines and newspapers.
Each workshop is limited to between 5 or 10 guests, giving participants ample opportunity for one-on-one interaction and instruction with the photographer and up close viewings of grizzlies as they roam the riverbanks, feasting on salmon in preparation for winter’s hibernation. Throughout each trip, nature hikes will be led by an expert guide who will teach guests how to identify bear signs such as claw marks on trees or paw prints in the soft earth. River floats will immerse guests in the bears’ preferred fall habitat where salmon are spawning. Participants also have a chance to visit the quaint seaside village of Bella Coola, the Nuxalk art gallery and other cultural attractions.
Grizzlies of the Great Bear Rainforest, Bella Coola, British Columbia
Dates: September 13-17, 2017
Group size: 5
Spaces left: only 2 spots left! Contact Aaron Photo Tours for up-to-date availability.
Photographer: Aaron Baggenstos, Aaron's Photo Tours
Aaron Baggenstos is an Award-winning professional nature and wildlife photographer from Seattle, Washington. Aaron has captured images across the Pacific Northwest, the US, Canada, Europe, South America, and Africa. His photographs have been featured on television newscasts, in magazines (eg Audubon Magazine), newspapers, and numerous web articles. He has also written and had published two books about wildlife, Wildlife of Juanita Bay and Wildlife of Lake Washington. In the Fall of 2011 Aaron co-hosted two episodes of the popular PBS television Series “Wild Photo Adventures” with Doug Gardner which is currently airing nationally on PBS. Aaron has run workshops at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge for the past 4 years!
Accolades: Rave reviews; TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
The Tour: All of Aaron's tours place an emphasis on small groups. For details, check out his website.
Package inclusions: see "Inclusions" tab at the bottom of the page and for details specific to Aaron's tour, see the Bella Coola page on his website
Rate: See Aaron's Photo Tours
How to Book: For detailed information on this tour, see Aaron's website here.
Grizzly Bear Photo Safari
Dates: September 9-13, 2017
Group size: 8
Spaces left: 6
Photographer: Gerry van der Walt & Phil Symonds, Wild Eye Destinations and Photographic
"At Wild Eye our purpose is to change the way you see the world and we pride ourselves on our personalized approach – not only making sure you get the best wildlife and photographic experience, but that you have fun, feel well looked after, and your expectations are exceeded from the moment you make contact with us."
Accolades: Great testimonials (on this page, lower down).
The Tour: Small groups and hands-on instruction.
Package inclusions: see "Inclusions" tab at the bottom of the page and for details specific to Wild Eye's tour, see Wild Eye Destinations and Photographic
Rate: See Wild Eye Destinations and Photographic
How to Book: For detailed information on this tour, see Wild Eye Destinations and Photographic.
The Grizzlies and Wildlife of the Great Bear Rainforest, Bella Coola, British Columbia
Dates: October 7-12, 2017
Group size: 10
Spaces left: 10
Photographer: Cam Fischer and/or Jake Warner of Canadian Photo Adventures.
Cam and Jake will cover things such as depth of field, composition, light/exposure, focus, white balance and high dynamic range (HDR). They will also talk about post production techniques (including raw and jpg files), along with tips and tricks for printing. You will have the opportunity to practice these techniques surrounded by unlimited scenic possibilities!
The Tour: See here: Canadian Photo Adventures.
Package inclusions: see "Inclusions" tab at the bottom of the page and for details specific to this tour, see Canadian Photo Adventures.
Rate: See Canadian Photo Adventures
How to Book: Canadian Photo Adventures
Grizzly Bear & Wildlife Photography Workshop with Sue Flood, associate producer of BBC's "The Blue Planet"
Dates: 2 weeklong trips on offer: September 7-14 or September 14-21, 2018
Group size: 8
Spaces left: 8 per departure
Photographer: Sue Flood www.sueflood.com
"Your guide on the trip is Sue Flood, a photographer, author, wildlife filmmaker and conservationist. Sue was an Associate Producer on the award winning BBC series 'The Blue Planet', and also more recently worked on Planet Earth. Both The Blue Planet and Planet Earth featured several animal behaviours which were filmed for the first time, and Sue obtained unique images for the series. Her photographic highlights include diving with humpback whales in the South Pacific, face-to-face encounters with leopard seals in the Antarctic, filming polar bears in the Arctic, and photographing the wildlife of Zambia. More than all of this Sue is great fun to be with and while you will doubtless hone your photographic skills under her tuition, you are also guaranteed a fun and rewarding time in her company." - Steppes Travel
Accolades: International Photographer of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year, the Art Wolfe (Best of Festival) Award in the International Conservation Photography Awards, and Royal Photographic Society Silver Medal. More info at Sue's website here.
The Tour: Details will be added soon
Package inclusions: see "Inclusions" tab at the bottom of the page and details specific to this tour will be included soon
Rates & How to Book: For detailed information on this tour, please contact Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
During the autumn of 2013, the camera gear company F-Stop made a short video on photographer Charles Glatzer for their video series: Life In Focus. Charles isn't running a photography tour to us this summer, however this is a fantastic video which was shot on location in and around our lodge so we thought it was useful in letting potential guests see what the Bella Coola Valley looks like.
The Brown Bear Research Network
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a proud supporter of the Brown Bear Research Network. We recognize the importance of preserving wildlife and the environment for future generations. For each guest that stays with us during bear viewing season (late August to mid October), we make a donation to this great cause. The Brown Bear Research Network's mission: "is to fund and facilitate innovative and progressive research on brown (grizzly) bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. Through empirical scientific research, we aim to gain an insight into the current state and population trends of brown bears on the west coast." To learn more, view Brown Bear Research Network the website.
Rates & Dates
The following are the package inclusions in regards to the moment you land in Bella Coola. Please refer to each photographers website/email corrospondence to see what the complete tour includes (eg hotel stays in Vancouver).
- All ground transportation, including Bella Coola Airport pick-up and drop-off!
- Accommodation in beautiful, private timberframe chalets at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge (based on double occupancy)
- All meals: Hot & Continental Breakfast, Lunch in the Lodge or a Packed Lunch to take out in the field, 3 Course Dinner, plus Afternoon Snacks and unlimited soda, coffee and tea!
- A variety of Guided Tours on each day of your package, lead by local guides with years of experience. Tour formats can include Scenic River Drifts and Guided Nature Hikes. Note: itineraries and the format of each trip may change due to number of bookings, weather, bear activity etc
- All tours are private
- In addition to the workshop leader, each tour the group will be accompanied by an experienced guide, certified by the Commercial Bear Viewing Association
- Entrance fees to parks
- On-site wildlife viewing stand
- Use of all sporting equipment, including mountain bikes that you may use to do some exploring on your own!
What to Bring