Oh Canada!

September 30th - October 8th, 2018


Trip Overview

Trip Overview

Oh Canada! What a fantastic place to take stunning photos, enjoy nature and improve your photography skills! This trip has been designed to cater to a small group of participants which affords you the opportunity to gain a ton of photography knowledge during our 9 days together in the Rockies. You'll find yourself immersed in some of the most beautiful scenery you've ever witnessed - towering peaks, emerald lakes and rivers and endless tree lines. Our trip is highly inclusive, all you have to do is show up, shoot and have a great time!
Oh Canada! What a fantastic place to take stunning photos, enjoy nature and improve your photography skills! This trip has been designed to cater to a small group of participants which affords you the opportunity to gain a ton of photography knowledge during our 9 days together in the Rockies. You'll find yourself immersed in some of the most beautiful scenery you've ever witnessed - towering peaks, emerald lakes and rivers and endless tree lines. Our trip is highly inclusive, all you have to do is show up, shoot and have a great time!

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Trip Dates:
September 30th - October 8th, 2018

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Trip Cost:
$3999 USD PP (Single Room)
$3299 USD PP (Sharing a Room)

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Physical Demands:
Moderate* (see details section)

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Skill Level:
Everyone!

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Max Participants:
5



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Inclusions

Inclusions

Included

Accommodation

During this 9 day / 8 night trip, you have 8 nights of accommodation included in the cost of your trip (the final night of the trip isn't included as our trip ends upon arrival in Calgary and some guests may choose to depart that evening). Accommodation is based on single occupancy. We'll stay in comfortable hotels located just minutes from prime shooting locations in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.

1-on-1 & Group Photo Instruction

Photo opportunities and instruction are at the heart of this Canadian Rockies adventure. At each stop along the way, you'll have the chance to ask questions and pick the brain of our trip leaders to improve your shots. You'll shoot in stunning locations around Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and the Icefields Parkway. In addition to instruction in the field, we'll also sit down and discuss post processing techniques. This trip is limited to a max of 5 participants, this means you'll have plenty of time to work with your trip leaders and improve your photography.

Meals

We've spent quite a few years exploring the Canadian Rockies with photographers, so not only do we know the best spots to shoot, but we also know the best spots to eat! Part of the rewarding group travel experience is dining together. We'll take care of some of your meals along the way and also give you some free time to explore the unique mountain towns were visiting for some of your lunches. On this trip, we're including 9 dinners and 8 breakfasts. Refer to the daily itinerary to see which meals are included each day (denoted by B,L,D). Included meals are comprised of a main course and non-alcoholic drink.

Transport

After you get yourself to our meeting point in Calgary, we take care of the transport for the duration of your trip until we arrive back in Calgary at the end of our journey. Included transportation on this trip is taken care of in a private vehicle. This will allow you to sit back and relax, enjoy your surroundings and socialize with your fellow trip mates while we're on the road.

Highlights

In addition to the amazing photography that's going to happen everyday, other highlights of the trip include: visiting Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. See the Vermilion Lakes, Rundle Mountain, Cascade Mountain, the historic Banff Springs Hotel, Sulphur Mountain, Castle Mountain, the Bow River, Johnston Canyon, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Takkakaw Falls, Natural Bridge, Emerald Lake, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Waterfoul Lake, Athabasca Glacier, Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca Falls, Patricia Lake, Medicine Lake, Maligne Lake and more! Take a ride up the gondola at Sulphur Mountain for 360 degree views of Banff, enjoy a cruise on Maligne Lake and visit Spirit Island (weather permitting), and more!


Not Included

Gateway Transportation

The gateways are where your trip starts and ends - for this trip our gateway is Calgary. Transport into and out of Calgary is not included in the price of the trip.

Alcoholic Drinks

While there will be plenty of opportunities to grab a pint or a glass of wine after a great day of shooting and exploring, it is not included in your trip price.

Gratuities

Tips for local guides and drivers are not included and are left up to your discretion.

Insurance

Neither travel or equipment insurance is included in the price of your trip. However, proof of travel insurance is required and equipment insurance is very strongly recommended!


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Itinerary

Itinerary


Day 1 - Hello Calgary! (Trip Begins)

Today marks the first day of our Canadian adventure together! After everyone makes their way to Calgary, we'll get acquainted during an orientation meeting and welcome dinner.

What's Included Today?

Accommodation: Hotel Stay

Meals: D


Day 2 - Calgary to Banff

After breakfast, it's time to hit the road for our quick drive into one of the most gorgeous towns in all of Canada - Banff! Today will be a mix of shooting and a bit of time to explore town. You'll have an included trip up the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain where you'll be greeted by 360 degree views of Banff! This evening we'll have our first sunset shoot together before wrapping up the day with dinner.

What's Included Today?

Accommodation: Hotel Stay

Meals: B,D

Transport: Private Transport


Day 3 - Banff

We'll rise early and make our way over to the Vermilion Lakes for sunrise. The setting is gorgeous, and there are plenty of compositions to play with for your epic sunrise shoot. We'll head over to Johnston Canyon for a short mid-morning hike to shoot waterfalls. After breakfast and some free time to explore town, we'll head back out to photograph the gorgeous scenery in the afternoon through sunset.

What's Included Today?

Accommodation: Hotel Stay

Meals: B,D

Transport: Private Transport


Day 4 - Banff to Lake Louise

After an early breakfast we'll make our way to Lake Louise for sunrise. This iconic view is one you'll want to savor, so we'll take our time shooting this morning and let you fill your memory cards with shots of the amazing blue water and gorgeous Victoria Glacier hanging in the background. After shooting, we'll give you a quick orientation around the village and then spend some time working on post processing before taking a break for lunch. This afternoon we'll visit nearby Yoho National Park to shoot waterfalls like Takkakaw and Natural Bridge as well as Emerald Lake.

What's Included Today?

Accommodation: Hotel Stay

Meals: B,D

Transport: Private Transport


Day 5 - Lake Louise

This morning we'll visit Moraine Lake for sunrise. The views at Moraine are stunning & legendary for a reason. There's several different areas that we can shoot from, so we'll spend some time creating different compositions and shooting as the morning light changes. After sunrise, we'll have the opportunity to go for a hike to photograph the Larch trees that are typically hitting their peak fall color this time of year. We'll wrap up the day with afternoon shooting along the 1A, hoping to catch a train coming around Morant's curve at the right time!

What's Included Today?

Accommodation: Hotel Stay

Meals: B, D

Transport: Private Transport


Day 6 - Lake Louise to Jasper

Today we'll drive one of the most beautiful roads on the planet - the Icefields Parkway. We'll get an early start and make our way to Peyto Lake for sunrise. Peyto is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Rockies and is always a hit with our groups. We'll head over to nearby Bow Lake afterwards and continue to shoot there before a break for breakfast. The rest of the day we'll drive the parkway towards Jasper and keep exploring - stopping to shoot frequently when the scenery demands. This evening we'll arrive in Jasper and have dinner together in town before getting a well deserved rest.

What's Included Today?

Accommodation: Hotel Stay

Meals: B, D

Transport: Private Transport


Day 7 - Jasper

It's hard to play favorites with mountain towns in the rockies since they're all so beautiful, but Jasper is pretty close to the top of our list. Gorgeous scenery is abundant around town and this morning we'll head out to Patricia Lake for sunrise and continue shooting around Pyramid Lake as well. Today you'll have a bit of free time to explore town and grab a bite to eat for lunch. This afternoon we'll take a hike together around the Valley of the 5 lakes where we'll have plenty of opportunities to shoot.

What's Included Today?

Accommodation: Hotel Stay

Meals: B,D

Transport: Private Transport


Day 8 - Jasper

This morning we'll drive west to go photograph the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies - Mt Robson. We'll also keep our eyes peeled for wildlife and stop to shoot when we have the chance. After a break for breakfast, we'll work on post processing images together. This afternoon we'll head out to Maligne Lake for an afternoon cruise to Spirit Island. Maligne Lake is nothing short of amazing, and Spirit Island is the crown jewel of the lake. You'll have plenty of chances to photograph the scenery before we make our way back to town - we'll have some time to shoot at Medicine Lake on the way back as well.

What's Included Today?

Accommodation: Hotel Stay

Meals: B, D

Transport: Private Transport


Day 9 - Jasper to Calgary (Trip Ends)

After a final sunrise shoot together this morning, we'll hit the road and travel down the Icefields Parkway towards Calgary. We'll have another day of shooting along the parkway, stopping for photos when the scenery and light look great. We will arrive in Calgary this evening and have a farewell dinner where we'll laugh and talk about the amazing memories we just created during our trip through the Rockies before going our separate ways.

What's Included Today?

Accommodation: None (End of the trip)

Meals: B, D

Transport: Private Transport


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Trip Leaders

Trip Leaders


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David Gaiz

Dave is the founder and owner of Photo Nomads. He's worked in the travel industry for over a decade, leading thousands of happy guests on trips in multiple countries. Dave's favorite subjects to shoot are landscape and wildlife. In addition to all of the imagery on the Photo Nomads site that was shot by Dave, you can see more of his work on his personal site, Instagram feed and Facebook page.


Details

Details


Single vs Double Occupancy

On this trip, you can book you own room or opt to share with another traveler. If you prefer to share a room, we will match you up with another traveler of the same gender that also wants to share a room. If there isn't another person available for you to room with, you will be required to book a single room.


Fee Schedule

$1500.00 USD deposit due upon booking

Trip balance due on or before 60 days in advance of trip start date (August 1st, 2018)


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking before August 10th 2018 you will be refunded all deposits and booking fees.

If you cancel your booking after August 10th 2018 and before September 7th, 2018 you will receive a refund of all paid fees minus an administrative fee of $300.

If you cancel your booking after September 7th 2018, you will receive a refund of all monies paid minus your deposit of $1500. However, if you can find someone to take your place we will refund your payment in full.

If you cancel your booking after September 14th 2018, you no refund will be given. However, if you can find someone to take your place we will refund your payment in full.


Insurance Requirements

Proof of travel insurance is required for all guests on this trip. Please send proof of coverage to hello@photonomadstravel.com a minimum of 60 days prior to the start of the trip. Guests who do not send in proof of coverage will not be able to travel with us during the trip.

While not required, we strongly recommend carrying equipment insurance as well. Please verify that your policy covers your equipment for international travel if that applies to you for this specific trip. We recommend Hill & Usher and PPA as good starting points for equipment insurance policies. Please note - Gaiz Travel and Creative, LLC dba Photo Nomads is not responsible for your equipment or personal items. If you damage, lose, or incur theft of your equipment or your personal items, Photo Nomads will not be responsible.


Physical Demands

The vast majority of this trip requires very little in the way of physical demands. However, there are several opportunities for hikes that would require a moderate level of fitness. You can choose not to participate in the hikes and alternatively have free time instead. If you choose not to participate in the hikes please note that you won't have a trip leader with you during your free time.


Where will photography take you?

I want to go to Canada!