2020 SEA OTTER PHOTO TOUR
West Coast Vancouver Island | August 24-28th, 2020
Vancouver Island Photo Adventure | West Coast Expeditions
Join us on Vancouver Island's remote West Coast for an incredible lifetime experience photographing and kayaking next to large Sea Otter rafts with more than 50 sea otters in each raft. There's also a possibility to spot and photograph Coastal Wolves, eagles and whales. During the expedition we will also hike in the Canadian rainforest and enjoy an canvas tent camping experience like non-other. Each morning you will likely wake up to the sound of a sea otter using a rock to crack open shells for breakfast.
We pride ourselves on making this experience as enjoyable and unique as possible. Our adventure tours are for photographers and non-photographers for all ages 18+ (15+ if accompanied by parent or guardian with kayaking experience), who are moderately fit and comfortable kayaking or learning to kayak while photographing wildlife. We also have a boat-based option for those more comfortable there and also double kayaks with guides as needed.
You will have 5 days and 5 nights on Spring Island. A tiny remote island located near the First Nation's settlement of Kyuquot on the wild West Coast of Vancouver Island.
The camp set up: double occupancy canvas tents as seen below in images (single supplement for extra cost available upon request), outdoor toilet facilities (Winner of Canada's best outhouses!), outdoor sinks and warm water available, warm heated shower, our own personal chef and gathering area for games, editing and more, and charging stations.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are provided by West Coast Expeditions Professional Chef and Staff - dietary restrictions can be accommodated in advance
Watch the video below to get a feel for this incredibly stunning place and send us a booking request on the right hand column.
Photography instruction before we head out in the field and post editing instruction using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Prior to the trip, bonus photography training video will be emailed out for you to be best prepared to ensure you capture your best photos.
SEA OTTER PHOTO TOUR
Vancouver Island's Wild West Coast
Dates: August 24-28th 2020
Location: Vancouver Island
Available seats: 4
Difficulty level: Easy to Medium
Price: $3,390 CAD (includes 5% GST - based on double occupancy and $30 booking fee). Single supplement is additional $300
Registration deposit: $1000 CAD (full payment required 75 days prior to the tour).
Arrival: Fly to Comox (YQQ) August 23rd as pick up is from Comox at 6:30am August 24th. Stay in Comox Valley for August 23rd (not included)
Departure: Comox (YQQ), August 29 - Stay in Comox Valley for August 28th and fly out next day.
Included: 2 professional photo guides, all tuition, individual post processing sessions, transportation and accommodation on start date from Courtenay. Boat and kayaking transportation, sea wolf hide photography. Sea kayaking gear
*BONUS* Photography instructional course specific to photographing Sea Otters from a kayak, from a boat, and editing sessions specific to Sea Otters.
Not included: Any travel services required arriving and departing at and from the starting location in Courtenay, BC. Any private insurances, taxes, immigration, duty and visa fees where applicable. All meals and any personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, souvenirs and travel insurance.
From (includes taxes) Single Supplement is extra
We will start our adventure in Courteney, British Columbia and transport you to Spring Island with a van shuttle and boat taxi which takes approximately 6 hours.
Our photography subjects here are Sea Otters, Coastal Wolves, Eagles, Coastal Forests, Tidal Pools, and Rugged Landscapes and aerial drone photography.
We partnered with the wonderful West Coast Expeditions for the ultimate "Wild & Remote" Photo Tour on Vancouver Island and they have perfected the logistics to ensure your experience is seamless before, during and after the photography expedition.
We will explore via kayak around the Islands and Islets (small islands), via on foot - hikes around 2-4hrs of moderate pace and hiding in blinds and along the beach to photograph coastal wolves if they are in the area.
Photo editing and formal instruction in the field and editing back at the accommodations in the camp headquarters
Drones permitted for landscape coastal island photos with proper certifications
What to Bring:
Recommended Photo Gear
DSLR Camera (full frame, crop, mirrorless)
Wide Angle Lens e.g. 14-24 mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/2.8 or 17-40 mm f/2.8 (recommend for Auroras)
Mid-Zoom Lens e.g. 24-70 mm, 24-105mm or 18-135 mm
Telephoto Zoom Lens e.g. 70-200 mm, 100-400, 600 mm (recommended for wildlife). *** We highly recommend 600mm options using a converter or long lens as we keep our distance from wildlife unless they approach us.
ND Filters e.g. Small Stopper ND64 (6 Stops of Light) and Big Stopper ND1000 (10 Stops of Light) recommended for long exposure during day around the shores
Drone – When on the boat you can fly them but it is at your own risk. Additional 2 batteries is recommended - 3 total
What to Wear & Gear to Bring:
Temperatures for a Vancouver Island summer average 5 Degrees to 25 Celsius through the day and night so please bring a variety of clothing options and layer to easily adjust to the changing climate. Here is a list of recommended clothing and gear to bring:
20-35L Dry Bag to put in the kayak during transit
Waterproof and Windproof Jacket
Warm Mid layer: Sweater/Fleece
Thick Warm Pants
Snow Pants (optional)
Thermal Leggings/Long Johns
Good Hiking Boots
Photography Gloves (optional)
Blanket for the boat
Anything else for your comfort
Visit West Coast Expeditions for additional information! We will pass you along to them to secure your booking.
Frequently Asked Questions: Artica Adventures
Are you tours just for photographers?
Answer: No, not at all! Our trips are approximately 50/50% split of photographers and non-photographers. These trips are called photo tours as Jenni and I are instructing photography lessons hands on while we explore and sail. We have non-photographers (with iPhones, etc), beginners to expert photographers on our trips. It's the perfect learning grounds where you get to immerse yourself in nature and be surrounded by great people.
Why Artica Studios Adventure Photo Tours vs. Other Tours?
Answer: Jenni and I are so passionate about our tours we take small groups that are more intimate where we can connect with each one of our guests. We also pride ourselves on taking you to these remote locations that are extremely difficult to get to and otherwise unaffordable. Our tours are never over-priced as we want you to have a life changing experience and for you to share your experience (and photos) with family and friends and for them to be able to afford to have their own Artica Adventure experience.
Our tours are not just photography workshops, they are life changing experiences that will shape you as a person. Whatever your current understanding is of photography, our workshops will help you improve in a variety of areas, including composition, editing, business acumen, personal style development, work flow and more!
We are looking for positive, like-minded people to join our trips as it is most often the people who make the experience and everything else is just a bonus. We love animals and the environment and we care deeply about creating inspiration and action to help make the world a better place.
Let's fall in love with the West Coast of Canada together!