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Bald Eagles in British Columbia with Tim Vollmer

This photo workshop is centered on a convergence of thousands of bald eagles in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Your instructor(s) for this workshop will guide you to the best locations for photographing the eagles in the Fraser Valley that is surrounded by the Cascade Mountain range. You will be provide detailed instruction on how to capture your perfect landscape photo and eagle shots by your instructors .

The workshop begins near Mission, BC, with its large congregation of bald eagles during the winter months. We begin the workshop with a welcome meeting on the night before as we get to know everyone and discuss the plans for the coming days.

For the next five days we will make frequent visit to the different viewing grounds. Once on site, your instructors will utilize their knowledge of the area and the eagles; then guide you to that perfect location for obtaining your “once in a lifetime” shot in the picturesque British Columbia scenery.

We will also head out to some of BC's pristine landscape photography locations in the lower mainland of British Columbia.

The workshop size is limited to ten photographers so you can count on personalized attention throughout your journey in British Columbia. In addition to our time spent in the “field”, you will learn basic photographic editing techniques and have opportunity to have your photographs reviewed with your instructors for feedback.

Day One

Events

Pick Up attendees from the Abbotsford Airport in Abbotsford, British Columbia and transported to our Hotel in Harrison Hot Springs.

Meet and Greet Dinner for group at resort

Possible photography shoot along the sandy
shoreline of Harrison Lake during the golden hour, blue hour or night time.

Meals

Evening dinner for group (included)

Accommodation

The single rooms are air conditioned and non-smoking.
New comfy beds make these rooms perfect when visiting the Ramada. Each of these rooms feature an in room fridge, microwave, coffee-tea makers, irons and ironing boards along with hairdryer in the bathroom.

For your relaxing and entertainment needs, there is also a 27 inch television. All of our guest rooms have been recently upgraded with new beds and duvet covers and extra-large pillows. Accessibility to wireless internet is available. Harrison Hot Springs is at one of the most dramatic meetings of land and water in the
world. The hotel's location borders the breathtaking snow-capped mountains of South-western BC and gorgeous Harrison Lake. Centered in the middle of the village of Harrison Hot Springs, one half block back from Harrison Beach, the Ramada Harrison Hot Springs is surrounded by unique shops and restaurants.

Day Two

Events

Morning shoot of the Bald Eagles

Mid-day light hike at Sasquatch Provincial Park

Afternoon shoot of the Bald Eagles

Meals

Breakfast is included and there will be juice and water, with some light snacks available for attendees during the day.

Evening dinner for group (included)

Accommodation

The single rooms are air conditioned and non-smoking.
New comfy beds make these rooms perfect when visiting the Ramada. Each of these rooms feature an in room fridge, microwave, coffee-tea makers, irons and ironing boards along with hairdryer in the bathroom.

For your relaxing and entertainment needs, there is also a 27 inch television. All of our guest rooms have been recently upgraded with new beds and duvet covers and extra-large pillows. Accessibility to wireless internet is available. Harrison Hot Springs is at one of the most dramatic meetings of land and water in the
world. The hotel's location borders the breathtaking snow-capped mountains of South-western BC and gorgeous Harrison Lake. Centered in the middle of the village of Harrison Hot Springs, one half block back from Harrison Beach, the Ramada Harrison Hot Springs is surrounded by unique shops and restaurants.

Notes on Day Two

Located ten minutes North of the town of Harrison Hot Springs, Sasquatch Provincial Park offers 1,217 hectares of second growth birch forests that are beginning their autumn color change in the October/November time frame, pocket lakes and mountainous ridges.

The diversity of habitats at Sasquatch Park supports a large variety of wildlife species including beaver, mountain goat, woodpeckers, warblers, and vireos. Several rare species have been observed in the park, including the bald eagle, tailed frog, and black petaltail dragonfly. The lakes and streams in the park provide excellent fish habitat for over ten species of fish from the sturgeon, smelt, salmon, catfish, and stickleback
families.

Day Three

Events

Morning shoot of the Bald Eagles

Mid-day trip to Hope, BC

Afternoon shoot of the Bald Eagles

Meals

Breakfast is included and there will be juice and water, with some light snacks available for attendees during the day.

Evening dinner for group (included)

Accommodation

The single rooms are air conditioned and non-smoking.
New comfy beds make these rooms perfect when visiting the Ramada. Each of these rooms feature an in room fridge, microwave, coffee-tea makers, irons and ironing boards along with hairdryer in the bathroom.

For your relaxing and entertainment needs, there is also a 27 inch television. All of our guest rooms have been recently upgraded with new beds and duvet covers and extra-large pillows. Accessibility to wireless internet is available. Harrison Hot Springs is at one of the most dramatic meetings of land and water in the
world. The hotel's location borders the breathtaking snow-capped mountains of South-western BC and gorgeous Harrison Lake. Centered in the middle of the village of Harrison Hot Springs, one half block back from Harrison Beach, the Ramada Harrison Hot Springs is surrounded by unique shops and restaurants.

Notes on Day Three

Edged up against the Coast and Cascade mountains just a 90-minute drive east of Vancouver, and a three-hour drive from Seattle, Hope (pop. 7,000) is a gateway destination to British Columbia's most diverse
scenery.

Hiking, fishing and flightseeing are as much a part of Hope's natural heritage as are its iconic chainsaw carvings that reference its logging history, festivals that celebrate its early trading days and gold rush pioneers, and its network of parks, rivers and pathways that preserves its history and wildlife.

Accessible Wilderness, Wildlife & Parks

Sitting at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers, its hub of highways make Hope an ideal spot from which to explore some of the most beautiful, accessible and dramatic wilderness British Columbia has to offer. Within a half hour drive, there are awe-inspiring desert canyons, vast stands of coastal rainforest, rugged snow-capped mountains, expansive alpine meadows and fast-rushing rivers.

Diverse Terrain

The resulting access to such diverse terrain is extraordinary – a blend of coastal rainforest and desert canyon, alpine meadows and craggy mountain tops. Although the choice of how to experience such diversity and back-country wilderness depends largely on preference and experience there is plenty of wilderness that is easily car-accessible.

Manning Provincial Park

The road through Manning Provincial Park climbs over the Cascade Mountains with terrain that goes from moist, coastal rain forests to snow capped peaks, and beside lakes, rivers and expanses of subalpine meadows filled with wildflowers.

Fraser River

Carved by the fast moving Fraser River, the high walls of the Fraser Canyon descend from the Interior Plateau, following the line of the huge Fraser Fault which runs on a north-south axis from Lillooet.
The waters rush towards the Pacific Ocean, cutting through the Fraser Valley flatlands long made fertile by the river's frequent flooding.

Gold Rush Hiking Trails

Many hiking trails are a part of the Trans-Canada rail system or the old Cariboo Gold Rush Trail. A favourite is the abandoned Othello-Quintette Tunnels in the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. It's an easy gravel trail from the parking lot to the old Kettle Valley Railway bed, now transformed with trestle bridges over the river and through five tunnels cut through sheer granite.

Wildlife & Bird Watching

Eagles, osprey and salmon are always a marvel to see in their natural habitat. During the salmon runs, hundreds of eagles cling to trees along the banks of Fraser River and it's not unusual to see a black bear searching the shores for food.

The parks, especially, are home to various flora and fauna, some rare or endangered, and there are approximately 200 species of birds to enjoy, starting with the Blue Heron sanctuary on Greenwood Island,
right across from Hope.

Day Four

Events

All day Bald Eagles, spawning salmon

90 minute river cruise to shoot eagles

Meals

Breakfast is included and there will be juice and water, with some light snacks available for attendees during the day.

Evening dinner for group (included)

Notes on Day Four

This 90 minute tour is designed to take guests into an area not accessible by car or by foot and our custom jet boat is not like any other. It offers amazing viewing and photo opportunities in a cozy warm, climate controlled environment.

Accommodation

The single rooms are air conditioned and non-smoking.
New comfy beds make these rooms perfect when visiting the Ramada. Each of these rooms feature an in room fridge, microwave, coffee-tea makers, irons and ironing boards along with hairdryer in the bathroom.

For your relaxing and entertainment needs, there is also a 27 inch television. All of our guest rooms have been recently upgraded with new beds and duvet covers and extra-large pillows. Accessibility to wireless internet is available. Harrison Hot Springs is at one of the most dramatic meetings of land and water in the
world. The hotel's location borders the breathtaking snow-capped mountains of South-western BC and gorgeous Harrison Lake. Centered in the middle of the village of Harrison Hot Springs, one half block back from Harrison Beach, the Ramada Harrison Hot Springs is surrounded by unique shops and restaurants.

Day Five

Events

Early Morning Bald Eagle shoot

Transport to airport

Meals

Breakfast is included and there will be juice and water, with some light snacks available for attendees during the day.

Included

Meals as outlined in the itinerary

Accommodation

Transportation while at the workshop (7 passenger minivan)

Photography mentoring and guidance

Not Included

Travel Insurance

International airfare

Items of personal nature (phone, laundry, tips)

Anything not mentioned as included

The cost for the five day, four night workshop is $2950USD

Instructors for these workshops are two Canadian PRO photographers, Tim Vollmer and Kevin Pepper

If you have any additional questions or would like to speak to us, please contact Kevin at 519-620-9185 and we would be happy to answer your questions.

Or, email us at the following email addresses:

Len Silvester –

Kevin Pepper – [email protected]

To reserve a spot on one of these workshops, a $500 deposit per reservation.  All workshop payments to your instructors and for accomodation must be made 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.

Dates of Workshop - November 30th to December 4th, 2013