2022 GRIZZLY BEAR SALMON RUN PHOTO TOUR   
KLAHOOSE TERRITORY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA  
Dates: SEPTEMBER 4 - 8, 2022

welcome to CANADA'S World Famous Salmon Run in the klahoose territory

THE EXPERIENCE

Visiting British Columbia is a dream experience for many world travellers who are looking for their nature and adventure experience.

 

Powell River or Lund is the starting point to British Columbia's best wildlife viewing opportunities and especially during the months of late August to mid October. This is the salmon run season and the best season for viewing and photographing Grizzly Bears in and near the Great Bear Rainforest. 

 

We will be starting our tour from here and heading in and around the Great Bear Rainforest to some of Canada's most beautiful inlets where we will search for grizzlies in alongside the river banks.

You will make your way from Powell River to Toba Inlet where we may witness stellar sea lions, orcas, humpbacks and porpoises and breathtaking seasonal waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides through the rainforest into the ocean inlets.

GETTING TO THE klahoose lodge & the grizzlies

In order to get to the grizzly bear inlets we will have our chartered boat taxi service and then we will have a small bus transportation then we will be on foot walking to the viewing platforms and walking to the rivers. Maximum 12 guests, 3 photography guides and 1 wildlife guide

ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS

We will be staying at the incredibly beautiful and remote lodge Klahoose Wilderness Retreat Lodge. Located in Desolation Sound and within an hour boat ride of Bute Inlet and a 20-minute boat ride from Toba Inlet. 

All meals are included breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The sample itinerary is below for guests to understand the flow of each day.

Prices are based on double occupancy and single supplement is at an additional charge.

Here are some images of your stunning accommodations while on our Artica Grizzly Bear Tour.

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GRIZZLY BEAR SALMON RUN
PHOTO TOUR

Klahoose Territory

British Columbia, Canada

Photo Tour Date Options

Dates: September 4-8th, 2022

4 Days, 4 Nights

Location: Campbell River, Vancouver Island is where our tour starts!

Available seats: 12 Total Spots

Difficulty level: Easy, good for all fitness levels

Wildlife Photo Chances: 

8/10 to 10/10 - we are going to the locations during the salmon run so we should have fantastic viewing and photography opportunities. A friendly reminder, our wildlife tours wild do not guarantee any experience to be perfect for unobstructed viewing or predictable.

Price from: $3,950 USD / person based on double occupancy. 

 

Single Supplement: $1,500 USD
 

Registration deposit: 50% of total price (full payment required 120 days after initial deposit to the tour.

Arrival: Fly to Campbell River (YBL). Or fly to Nanaimo (YCD) plus rental car or fly to Victoria (YYJ) plus rental car to get to Campbell River the day before the tour starts.


Departure: The day after the tour is recommended if you have to leave right away. Alternatively, you can enjoy everything Campbell River has to offer to extend your personal tour.

Included:

  • Water transportation from Campbell River to the inlets

  • Accommodation 6 Nights in a lodge bordering the Great Bear Rainforest

  • Private boat charter for 6 days.

  • Captain, private charter

  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • 3 professional photo guides

  • All tuition, individual post-processing sessions

Not included: 

  • Any travel services required arriving and departing at and from the starting location in Campbell River, Canada.

  • Any camera gear rentals

  • Duty and visa fees where applicable

  • Any personal items including alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages (tea and coffee included)

  • Snacks

  • Souvenirs

  • Proof of travel and health insurance is a requirement

From:

$3,950 USD

+ $TBD for single supplement request

your photography instructors & tour guides

 

This is an Artica branded trip with Chase and Jenni as the photography instructors and we have our co-guide Tyler Cave teaching and instructing videography for those guests interested. Tyler is also a professional photographer so he will be able to instruct as well.

What's unique about this experience is that we have 3 photography instructors beside you in the field helping you all get the best possible photography opportunities, not just viewing opportunities.

What this means is that in order to capture the best angles with the lighting conditions we will have access to all the viewing platforms as needed in order for you to get the best grizzly bear photos. This is after all, why you're here!

What makes this grizzly bear photography tour so unique and special is that we are coming during the best time of the year to improve your chances and the odds of witnessing amazing bear behaviour and activity. From hunting and fishing bears, to swimming bears, to territorial battles of thte bears and potentially even mother and cub activity.

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CHASE TERON

Photography Instructor & Guide

View Chase's most recent photos on Instagram @Chase.Teron

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JENNI TERON

Photography Instructor & Guide

View Jenni's most recent photos on Instagram @JenniNaturally

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TYLER CAVE

Videography Instructor & Guide

View Tyler's most recent photos on Instagram @TylerCave

General Itinerary 

  • DAY 1: Arriving to Klahoose Wilderness Lodge - Welcome Ceremony by the Klahoose Nation. Lunch and then afternoon grizzly viewing and photography. In the evening we'll have dinner and an editing session with formal photography instruction.

 

  • DAY 2 to 4: All day Grizzly Bears morning to the evening in Location #1. Teaching sessions are ongoing and in the field. One formal session in the evening for editing and video instruction/video editing and of course dinner and relaxing time. Cultural education with the first nations band: Klahoose. Klahoose offers sight tours talking about history and landmarks. The cultural tour combined with the whale searching/waterfalls along the way.

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What to Bring:

Recommended Photo Gear

  • DSLR Camera (full frame, crop, mirrorless)

  • GoPro with an extendable stick. Extra batteries - bring an attachment with an extendable pole or chest mount

  • Monopod and or bean bags for photographing the grizzly bears but no tripods are allowed as they take up too much space and are too slow.

  • Telephoto Zoom Lens e.g. 70-200 mm, 100-400mm, 600 mm (recommended for wildlife).

    • *** For this grizzly tour, we highly recommend 600mm option using a converter or long lens as we keep our distance from wildlife unless they approach us and having a shorter telephoto if the bears happen to be closer for example a 200mm.

  • Mid-Zoom Lens e.g. 24-70 mm, 24-105mm or 18-135 mm to capture the waterfalls, the landscapes and portraits.

  • Proper memory cards for your specific gear, Laptop with Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop downloaded

 

 

What to Wear & Gear to Bring:
 

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:

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  • Waterproof and Windproof Jacket - something with Goretex

  • Warm Mid-layer: Sweater/Fleece

  • Thick Warm Pants

  • Comfortable Pants - like a hiking pant

  • Thermal Leggings/Long Johns

  • Good Hiking Boots for any mud

  • Warm Hat

  • Photography Gloves for the boat - a running glove for example or something with tacky grip but not winter gloves

  • Towel

  • Anything else for your comfort

  • Canadian cash for tipping - photography guides, lodge staff. 10-20% of your tour cost distributed amongst staff is typical

​Frequently Asked Questions: Artica PHOTO TOURS

Is it safe to get close to wild Grizzly Bears?

 

Answer: We always put wildlife safety and your safety first. We have elevated huts to photograph from in addition 3 guides per group carrying bear spray with plenty of wildlife experience. We never get too close to the bears so it's recommended to have 600mm focal length for your telephoto lens.

Are you grizzly bear 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.

Everyone with a positive attitude, a love for nature is welcome to join us.

 

Why Artica 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 Photo Tour experience.

We also have the best-skilled guides and nicest people working alongside us. We only partner with reputable brands and reputable individuals to make sure your experience is one that makes you want to come back for more and to join us on another Artica Photo Tour.

 

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, workflow 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 grizzlies together.

Do you want more details about our Campbell River Salmon Run Grizzly Bear Photo Tour?

 

Answer: Email us your questions to hello@artica-studios.com and we can even schedule a private zoom call to make sure your grizzly bear photo tour is perfectly set up