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2020 Northern Lights Photo Tour

Northwest Territories 

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3 Days &  3 Nights

Tour Dates: April 2020

at Blachford Lake Lodge

Sea Otter & Kayak Expedition Photo Tour 2020

Land-based in canvas beachside accommodations on Spring Island, Vancouver Island


Join us on Vancouver Island's remote West Coast for an incredible lifetime experience photographing and kayaking next to large Sea Otter rafts, use blinds to photograph Coastal Wolves, hike in the Canadian rainforest and enjoy a luxury camping experience like non-other. 


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+, who are moderately fit and comfortable kayaking or learning to kayak while photographing wildlife. We also have a motor 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

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.

General Information about the daily events

  • We will start our adventure in Courtaney, British Columbia and transport you to Spring Island with a van shuttle and boat taxi.

  • Our photography subjects here are Sea Otters, Coastal Wolves, Eagles, Coastal Forests, Tidal Pools, and Rugged Landcapes 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 dialed the logistics perfectly 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 

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are provided by West Coast Expeditions Chef and Staff. 

West Coast Expeditions 2020 - Batch 2-23

July 27-31st, 2020

Logistics: Please contact us at to help plan your experience!


Itinerary: To be announced!

Included in the price 

  • Accommodation in canvas tents

  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • West Coast Expeditions Crew

  • Transportation to and from Vancouver Island's Remote West Coast

  • Photo Editing Workshops (Lightroom, Photoshop)

  • Photo Technical Workshops (for beginners and experts)

Not included in the price

  • Airfare to Vancouver Island

  • Any additional hotel nights

  • Alcoholic beverages – please purchase before hand

  • Additional Snacks – we will visit grocery stores for you to pick up extra food if you’d like

  • Food at restaurants – we will be purchasing groceries and cooking but you are welcome to eat whatever you’d like

  • Gifts at shops etc.

  • Visas (if applicable)

What to bring

Recommended Photo Gear

  • DSLR Camera (full frame or mirrorless recommended for astrophotography - auroras)

  • Sturdy Tripod 

  • Remote Shutter (for time-lapses) Purchase one on Amazon for cheap

  • 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:


  • Sleeping Bag

  • Waterproof and Windproof Jacket 

  • Warm Winter Jacket 

  • Warm Sweater/Fleece

  • Thick Warm Pants

  • Snow Pants (optional)

  • Thermal Leggings/Long Johns

  • Winter Boots

  • Warm Hat

  • Winter Gloves 

  • Photography Gloves (optional)

  • Towel

  • Blanket for the boat

  • Anything else for your comfort. It will be chilly on the boat.



Frequently Asked Questions: Artica Adventures


1. 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.


2. What fascinates you guys about Greenland?


Answer: Greenland is very difficult to explore because there are no highways, there are small airports, the towns/villages and settlements are spread out quite fair. The best way to explore Greenland is by boat and foot (by air it is visually amazing as well!). It's the land that offers mountainous extreme peaks, icebergs that are as tall as skyscrapers, colourful river valleys, Arctic wildlife, and the summer sun that never sets. It's the land that needs the most attention in our destructive world today. Greenland and the Arctic are so susceptible to climate change forces that we need to focus our attention on the areas and regions that need our help the most. As photographers we have the ability to share stories with powerful images that represent climate change.


3. 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. Your photos and videos from this Greenland workshop will help tell a story of the importance of the preservation of the Arctic. One of the most important aspects of photography is story telling. When you are in the Arctic Circle, you will be inspired to create more, to tell more and to share more.


Let's fall in love with the Arctic together. Join us to explore and photograph Greenland in 2020!

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