WEST COAST TRAIL BACKPACKING PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE
HIKE THIS BUCKET LIST BACKPACKING TRAIL WHILE ELEVATING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY ALONG THE WAY!
Experience a guided backpacking adventure of the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island with a professional photographer to help you capture it all (May 18th-24th, 2024)
$ 1725+ GST (5%) / $ CAD
- * May 18-24, 2024 (6 nights/7 days)
- ** Maximum group size: 6 + guide.
- *** We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, PayPal & more.
LEARN & IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY
For complete beginners and advanced photographers alike, we cater to you.
This trip will involve you learning more each day and by the end expertly capturing the Vancouver Island landscapes that we come across. 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 WEST COAST TRAIL 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.
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
2024 WEST COAST TRAIL: VANCOUVER ISLAND
(6 night/7 day wilderness photography adventure: May 18th-May 24th)
What to expect
A wild remote Vancouver Island adventure that has become as equally world renowned for it’s challenges as for its natural scenery. One of the most epic trails you will ever do, quite simply the hike of a lifetime! Beach camping, waterfalls spilling into the ocean, diverse land and marine life, old growth forest & what feels like a massive obstacle course (approximately 70 ladders, 130 bridges & 4 cable car crossings) that you can only shake your head at in disbelief sometimes. The trail was originally built in 1907 to facilitate the rescue of shipwreck survivors and it passes through the territory of the Huu-ay-aht, Ditidaht, and Pacheedaht First Nations, who have long used this coast as a travel corridor.
A moderate-high level of fitness is required. Walking distances of between 7 – 16km per day with sometimes awkward uneven trail, rocks, ladders, rivers, cable car crossings, mud as well as many ups and downs to negotiate. You will need to be able to carry your camping gear, food & camera with you for the full 75km. It is going to be something you will remember forever! Our group size is limited to 6 participants to keep our impact low and to maximize the experience, both with regards to photography and your enjoyment.
Participants will need to bring their own gear, along with food for the duration of the trip. Packing recommendations will be provided. It is a great way to unplug, get off the grid and connect with the outdoors since there is no cell reception for 7 days!
I am a licensed guide in Pacific Rim National Park with current first aid and advanced wilderness first aid certifications & have taken prior coastal backpacking trips on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, including this one. We have emergency response devices and an emergency response plan to execute if necessary. This backpacking trip is suitable for those with a moderate-high level of fitness and prior experience backpacking although we are here to guide you safely through every step of the way (including with pre-trip preparation if you are newer to backpacking or if you have any concerns at all).
A minimum number of 2 participants is required and if this is not met we reserve the right to cancel the trip and a full refund will be provided.
Pricing includes your West Coast Trail permit, shuttle bus reservation, the two ferry crossings on the trail, National Park entry fees, a meal at the famous crab shack, 1 night in a shared cabin on the trail to complement the other 5 nights of beach camping, 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. This will include camera gear, clothing/hiking gear, & food ideas. All of it will need to fit into your backpack so camera gear will be minimized for this adventure to keep things as lightweight as possible.
We will meet in the Port Renfrew area in the evening of May 17th in preparation for starting the trail on May 18th. We will be on the 9.15am shuttle bus the following morning taking us to the North end of the trail to start. We will finish on May 24th around 2pm in the Port Renfrew area.
The entire West Coast Trail! All 75km (47 miles) of it. We will be camping in pristine camps, often on the beach and by waterfalls spilling into the ocean with nearby old growth forest. We will also visit Fairy Lake in the evening of May 17th prior to the trip to photograph the famous bonsai tree too!