Cape Breton Fall Colours All Inclusive

Landscape Photography Tour 2017

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Oct. 13-15, 2017, $795, 4 tickets still available for this tour (click for details)

Oct. 20-22, 2017 Sold Out

  

     Have you ever wanted to experience a Cape Breton Fall colours photography tour?  You can, and you can photograph the red and gold carpet of maple trees draping over the rolling Cape Breton Highlands.  These beautiful ancient mountains are on the Northern edge of the Appalachian Mountains.  They rise 1500 feet straight out of the sea and we’re going to explore them by Land and Sea!

This is your chance to do it on an all inclusive landscape photography tour. 

Register for the Oct. 13-15 Cape Breton Tour

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Cheticamp Island as seen from the sea on the 2.5 hour Ocean cruise portion of our tour.

Cheticamp Island as seen from the sea on the 2.5 hour whale cruise portion of a previous Cape Breton Fall Colours tour.  © www.brianmerry.ca

     Did I mention I know this place like the back of my hand?  I grew up in Nova Scotia experiencing the Cape Breton fall colours every year.  We’ll be staying in the small, busy fishing village where I’m from, Cheticamp, NS.  Cheticamp is just minutes away from the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

     Join me as I show you the best of Cape Breton Island during the usual peak of the fall colours.   Sit back, pull out your camera/tripod and enjoy the spectacularly colourful tapestry of colourful maple trees blanketing the mountains on Cape Breton Island.  The timing of the fall colours is not guaranteed but this is the usual peak of colour on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton.

A beautiful Fall scene close to Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island

Taken during the 2015 Cape Breton Fall Colours Photography Tour.  © www.brianmerry.ca

Overview:

     We’ll base ourselves at the ideal location in Cheticamp, NS which is just 10 kilometres from the famous Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  Meals and accommodations are included.  Transportation is by shared vehicles.  I’ll show you the beautiful fall colours of Cape Breton Island.  We’ll tour and photograph the colourful maple forests in the numerous colourful valley bottoms and in the subarctic plateau in Cape Breton Island National Park.  Cape Breton Highlands is Canada’s second oldest national park after Banff.  

    We’ll top it off with an ocean cruise to photograph seabirds and the mountains draped in red,  orange and gold from the ocean.  This will be a unique tour from a local’s perspective where I’ll show you the special little places I used to explore during my teenage years and into my twenties.  Expect to visit a series of locations that few self guided tourists would be able to see in a trip of similar length.  I’m going to show you the best of the best that this area has to offer.

     You can reach me to talk about the tour here.  I’ll reply in a timely manner with a phone call or an email if you prefer.  I’d be happy to talk with you about it.

Cape Breton Fall Colours Photography Tour Itinerary:

Day 1:

     We’ll meet at 4:30pm at our based for the tour, The Cheticamp Motel on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, for introductions and a meal before we head out and shoot the sunset.  After the sunset we’ll head back to the restaurant at the motel for more detailed introductions, dinner and a presentation of the itinerary for the weekend followed by a question and answer session to provide context and inspiration over the coming days.  We’ll finish the evening off with a slide show of landscape photography techniques that I employ.  I’ll present how I explore and capture the essence of a location using technical skill and emotional communication.

Day 2:

     After an early start with breakfast in the   restaurant we’ll leave with our packed lunches for a sunrise photography session followed by a tour of Western Cape Breton Island along the Cabot Trail north to the appropriately named, Pleasant Bay, photographing some of the best scenery Atlantic Canada has to offer along the way.  We’ll be stopping at classic landscape locations photographing from vantage points on the tops of mountains and in valleys along rivers under the forest canopy, some of these locations are only known the locals from there, like me.  I honestly know this area like the back of my hand. 

     After dark we’ll shoot sunset again close to Cheticamp before heading back for dinner and a landscape photography presentation and an optional photo critique of what you’ve photographed so far this weekend.  I’ll finish off with a presentation of my photography workflow in the computer and a brief presentation of HDR photography highlighting how to shoot a sequence of photographs for an HDR editing.  I’ll demonstrate my workflow as I edit.

Day 3:

     We’ll start the day with breakfast before sunrise and head out to shoot the sunrise once again utilizing the techniques presented in the presentation on Day 2.   Then we’ll head back to the motel to check out.  During the day we’ll take an ocean going tour up the coastline of western Cape Breton Island with a commercial charter to experience the beautiful fall colours and numerous seabirds from the ocean, weather and sea swells permitting.   Photographing the wildlife and the landscape from the sea is a perspective that most visiting photographers don’t often get to enjoy.  This is a unique experience.  The captain of the whale cruise will decided whether or not the boat sets sail.  If the captain decides not you go due to moderate to strong winds or large ocean swells, we’ll fill the rest of the day photographing additional land based landscape photography location.  Cape Breton has a lot to offer.  We’ll have a good time either way.

     Mid October is also the time when commercial fishermen in the area are fishing the fall run of Mackerel with hand lines in the ocean.  It’s possible we’ll have the opportunity to photography fisherman plying their craft from a perspective approximately 50m away as numerous seabirds flock around the fishing boats while the fishermen fish.  This can provide us a very unique vantage point to photograph seabirds and commercial fishermen.  

     If time permits after our coastal ocean cruise we’ll leave Cheticamp and head south to photograph the famous Margaree Valley in late afternoon light.  The tour will finish after sunset and guests can continue home.

 

 

The North Aspy River as seen from one of stops during the 2015 Cape Breton Fall Colours tour. @ www,brianmerry.ca

The North Aspy River  during the 2015 Cape Breton Fall Colours tour.  © www,brianmerry.ca

Access:

It’s recommended to fly into Halifax International Airport and rent a car you reserved ahead of time.  Cheticamp is a 4 hour drive from the Halifax airport through the spectacular countryside of Nova Scotia.  The Sydney airport is 90 minutes from Cheticamp but it is smaller with fewer commercial flights each day.  Halifax International Airport has many flights each day arriving from many major cities across North America and Europe everyday.

Do you want to extend your trip to Nova Scotia?

Extending your trip

If you’re traveling from away, I’d advise you to extend your trip before the tour, rather than after the tour.  Arrive a week before the Cape Breton Fall Colours tour and photograph some of the beautiful landscapes on the mainland.  The maple trees on the mainland turn colour about a week before they do  in Cape Breton.  Also, there are many spectacular landscapes within an hours drive of the city of Halifax.  The world famous Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is a mere 30 minutes from downtown Halifax and you can park 100 meters from the lighthouse.  I recommend being there for a sunrise and going on a photowalk afterwards.  The photography around the fishing boats and wharves in the cove.

Peggy’s Cove lighthouse, Nova Scotia © www.brianmerry.ca

Consider visiting the Minas Basin in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley, the Eastern Shore, the fishing village of Prospect Cove and the Shubenacadie River Valley.  Incidentally, the highest Tides in the world occur at Truro, NS.  You’ll also be driving to Cheticamp on the highway right beside the best viewing point for them too.  Time your drive to Cape Breton so you can see the Tidal Bore which comes up the river every day.

Also, the maple trees turn to their fall colours around Halifax, Truro and Annapolis Valley a week before Cape Breton.  If you’re going to extend your trip you should do it before the tour as opposed to after the tour.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

Click here to register for the Oct. 13-15 tour