Based in Canmore, Alberta, Nick Fitzhardinge Photography offers a diverse range of professional photography services throughout the Canadian Rockies. Whether it is working with commercial clients, teaching photography in remote wilderness locations, or capturing special moments of you and your loved ones, we deliver world class imagery, unique experiences and exceptional service.

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LAKE O’HARA HIKING ADVENTURE PHOTO TOURS

GRAB YOUR CAMERA BACKPACK & EXPLORE THE MAGICALLY SECLUDED LAKE O’HARA AREA

Enjoy a full day photo tour exploring the alpine lakes & mind bending trails that are a hallmark of this exclusive backcountry location (2024 dates TBD).

  • COST
  • $ 395

    + GST (5%) / $ CAD
  • * Limited spaces available
  • ** 2024 Dates TBD (Check back in April)
  • *** We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, PayPal & more.
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  • LEARN & IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

    For complete beginners and advanced photographers alike, we cater to you.

    This trip will involve you learning as much as we can possibly fit into our time together. I’ll always be working with you and your camera gear so that you will walk away a better photographer, get bucket list shots, and be inspired for your future photography shoots as you will have taken another step forward technically and creatively.

  • EXPERIENCE THE ROCKIES WITH A CERTIFIED GUIDE

    Have confidence that you are with a professional guide who has your safety and enjoyment top of mind.

    We are fully certified with two professional guiding associations in Canada, the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) as a Hiking Guide, and the IGA (Interpretive Guides Association) as a Professional Interpretive Guide. We are winter accredited in both as well meaning that we are an excellent year round choice to lead you on your next photo adventure.

  • WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

    Some testimonials from past guests:

    – “Nick is incredibly knowledgeable about both photography and the surroundings we’re shooting in, which helped me connect more with the landscape. I learned so much in just a few days. He works with you and the style you like to shoot in and gives you tips and composition ideas. He ensured everyone in the workshop was safe and comfortable as well. I hope to do another workshop with Nick again!”  –  Ti-An

    – “Spending a few days with Nick in the Banff area were days well spent! We loved Nick’s patience and knowledge, never once making us feel inadequate, whether it was with our cameras or our physical ability to go places. His gentle reminders about technical use of our gear, and pointing out amazing compositions were all appreciated. Nick is not just knowledgeable about photography, but we also learned so much about the area, the geography and history. Within hours of meeting Nick, I felt safe, as if my own son was taking me on a vacation. I would not hesitate to book another tour with Nick and take my love of photography and the outdoors even further”  –  Sheryl

    View more testimonials here.

2024 LAKE O’HARA DAY TRIPS

(Full day / Small Group Photo Tours)

What to expect

Photograph multi-coloured glacial lakes, pristine wilderness & soaring peaks on these guided day hikes in the Lake O’Hara area of Yoho National Park! It’s a full day, We meet at either 8am or 10am in the Lake O’Hara car park so as to catch the 8.30am or 10.30am bus to Lake O’Hara. We will then spend the day exploring and photographing along the incredible trail system built by the Lake O’Hara Trail Club and Lawrence Grassi, returning to catch one of the last two buses of the day out.

A moderate level of fitness is required. Our walking distance will range from 6 – 10km with an elevation gain & loss of approximately 300 metres to reach the different areas in the region at an easy going pace with many stops throughout. We will make sure to pack our bags with lunch, water, snacks, & weather appropriate clothing along with our camera gear so making some lens & tripod sacrifices might be in order to keep our packs at a reasonable weight. Hiking boots are essential and poles are highly recommended.

I am a licensed professional guide with current first aid and advanced wilderness first aid certifications & have taken many prior trips in to the Lake O’Hara region. This workshop is suitable for all levels of photography experience as there will be many one on one opportunities throughout our time together. I will be by your side providing all that I know and love about landscape photography.

The group size is limited to 5 participants. Make sure to join our mailing list below to find out when this trip will have availability as it is very popular. I also offer this as a privately guided day trip so make sure to inquire about that to see if your preferred dates will work if that interests you.

Pricing includes the return bus transportation to and from the area from the Lake O’Hara car park, 1v1 photography instruction throughout the trip, and a professional ACMG/IGA Hiking Guide.

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What to Bring

A detailed list will be provided to you after booking. This will include camera gear & clothing/hiking gear. All of it will need to be fit into 1 bag that you can comfortably carry with you throughout the day.

Start/Finish Time

We will meet at 8am or 10am at he Lake O’Hara car park depending on which bus we have been able to book. We will return on one of the last two buses of the day at either 4.30pm or 6.30pm.

Locations

The Lake O’Hara area including one or two of Lake Oesa, the Opabin Plateau or Lake MacArthur areas. We will chase the best opportunities for spectacular photos depending on the localized weather, season, and light angles.

FAQs

Where do we meet?

We will meet at the Lake O’Hara car park at either 8am or 10am depending on which bus we have booked.

Where can I get food on this trip?

You will need to bring lunch, snacks and water with you. I will provide recommendations on what to bring. Bring cash if you would like to purchase snacks from Le Relais shelter. $6 for the famous carrot cake!

What happens in the case of poor weather?

The Lake O’Hara Hiking Adventure Photo Tours will go ahead regardless of the weather conditions. Your photographs will look interesting in all types of weather and some of the most creative and unique photos come from the most improbable conditions! Bring weather appropriate clothing.

What level of photographer is this for?

All! We enjoy taking out complete beginners and teaching them all about their equipment and nature photography just the same as if we have a more experienced photographer who prefers more location guiding, safety considerations & logistics than photo instruction.

Will I need to sign a waiver to participate?

Yes, we will bring it for you to sign when we meet on the day of the photo tour. A copy will be provided in advance for viewing.

What is the cancellation & refund policy?

There are no refunds, however we do consider requests on a case by case basis. See our terms & conditions.

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