Cape Breton Fall Colours All Inclusive

Landscape Photography Tours, 2018


Oct. 12-14, 2018 early bird registration open now!

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Oct. 19-21, 2018 early bird registration on now!

 Register for Oct. 19-21st tour here!


 6 Photographers/tour = a quality filled intimate tour

Transportation, Rooms and Meals included!


Number of Guests:  6 photographers per tour

When:  Oct. 12-14 or Oct. 19-21, 2018

Lead by:  Brian Merry

What’s Included:  All meals, accommodation, whale cruise fees*, guiding…

Transportation:  Provided

Cost:  $995.00

Shared Accommodation Discount: $50.00/person refund on each photographer’s registration

ILPA Discount:  Members of the International Landscape Photographers’ association will receive a **$100 refund** on their registration.  Contact me requesting your refund after registering and I’ll refund you $100 after confirming your membership to ILPA.  This refund needs to be claimed before October 1st to allow time for processing.  Contact me after registering to collect your refund!


Let me show you my home where I grew up, Nova Scotia, and where my family still lives.        

     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. 


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

Cheticamp Island from the sea on the 2.5 hour whale cruise part of our tour. © www.brianmerry.ca


     Did I mention I know this place like the back of my hand?  I do.  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 the largest mountains on Cape Breton Island during the usual peak of the fall colours.   Sit back, pull out your camera/tripod and enjoy the spectacular maple trees  in all their glory on Cape Breton Island.  The timing of the fall colours is not guaranteed but between Oct. 12 -22 is the usual peak of colour on the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. 

A beautiful Fall scene close to Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island

Saint Joseph Du Moine, taken during the 2015 Cape Breton Photography Tour.  © www.brianmerry.ca

     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.  We’ll tour and photograph the colourful maple forests in the numerous valley bottoms and in the sub arctic plateau in Cape Breton Island National Park, Canada’s second oldest national park.  We’ll top if 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’m excited about this tour and this place.  I’d be happy to talk with you about it.



Day 1, Oct. 12 or 19, 2018

     We’ll meet Friday at 4:30pm at our based for the tour, The Cheticamp Motel, for introductions and light snacks 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 part 1 of a 2 part landscape and travel photography presentation followed by a Q&A session afterwards to provide context and inspiration over the coming days.

Day 2:  Oct. 13 or 20, 2018

     We’ll start with an early breakfast at the restaurant on site and then with our packed lunches we’ll be off to a sunrise photography session followed by a tour of Western Cape Breton Island along the Cabot Trail north to the appropriately named, Pleasant Bay and then onto Cape North and beyond, time permitting.  We’ll be 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. 

     Tonight we’ll shoot sunset again close to Cheticamp then head back for dinner before a landscape photography presentation and a 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:  Oct. 14 or 21, 2018

     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.   We’ll head back to the motel for check out and then leave for a cruise up the coastline of western Cape Breton in a chartered fishing vessel to experience the beautiful fall colours and numerous seabirds from the ocean, a perspective most visiting photographers don’t often get to enjoy.  

     Mid October is also the time when commercial fishermen in the area are usually fishing the fall run of Mackerel with hand lines on 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 of commercial fishing.  

     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 at approximately 4:30pm so you can arrive home at a reasonable hour if you’re continuing o driving to Halifax after the tour.   

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

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


It’s recommended to fly into Halifax International Airport and rent a car you reserved there ahead of time.  Cheticamp is approximately a 4 hour drive from the Halifax airport through the spectacular countryside of Nova Scotia.  The Halifax International Airport has many flights each day arriving from Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Newark, NY and many other major cities across North America and Europe.  The Sydney airport is 90 minutes from Cheticamp and is smaller with a handful of regional commercial flights each day.  


A beautiful road in Northwestern Cape Breton Island. © www.brianmerry.ca

Are you travelling from away and want to extend your trip to Nova Scotia?

Extending your trip to Nova Scotia

You may want to arrive a week earlier and photograph some of the beautiful landscapes on the mainland of Nova Scotia while basing yourself out of Halifax.  There are many spectacular landscapes within an hours drive of the city.  The world famous Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is a mere 30 minutes from downtown Halifax and you can park 100 meters from the light.  I recommend being there for a sunrise and going on a photowalk afterwards around the fishing boats and wharves in the cove.


Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, located a little west of Halifax. © www.brianmerry.ca


     You may also want to visit the Minas Basin in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley, the Eastern Shore, the fishing village of Prospect Cove and the Shubenacadie River Valley.  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.  It might be worth timing your trip so you can see the tidal wave (the tidal boar) which comes up the river every day.

     Also, the maple trees turn to their fall colours around Halifax, Truro and Annapolis Valley about a week before they do in 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.


* The whale cruise boat tour is weather dependant and the Captain of the whale cruise boat will decide when, where and if the boat will set sail.  Your safety and comfort is the primary goal of the whale cruise.  If the Captain decides that the cruise is a “no go” then we’ll spend that extra time photographing addition landscape photography locations instead.  

** Itinerary is weather dependant and may change due to weather conditions and/or any other extraneous conditions that may arise.  This flexibility is needed to ensure that I deliver the best tour possible to you given the weather conditions during the tour, my experience in the area, seasonal industry availability and the present industry conditions. 


Tour cancellation policy:

     We understand that life sometimes gets in the way of some of our guests plans and they have to cancel a tour.  We have to balance that understanding with our business needs as well.  To that end, we have come up with a cancellation policy that brings balance to both sides of the equation.  We want to be understanding, but we also need to meet our commitments to the tour and our related business expenses.  By purchasing your ticket on the tour you agree to the cancellation policy.  

     Kazue and I would like to thank you for your interest in our tours.  However, if for some reason we have to cancel a tour we will guarantee a 100% refund of the entire tour registration fee.  We limit our liability in the unlikely event of a tour cancellation up to and including the tour registration fee paid.  We do not accept cancellation liability, or any other liability, over and above the registration fee of a tour.  Cape Breton Fall Colours Tours will never be canceled due to low registration though.  If one person is registered on a Cape Breton Fall Colours tour, we’re going ahead with the tour, given that all other factors are viable (ie:  no natural natural disasters or unsafe political unrest is present).  You can rest assured that if you purchase a ticket for the Cape Breton Fall Colours Tour that the tour will not be cancelled due to low registration.

–  If the customer cancels before 30 days before the start of the tour service then 100% of the tour service fee will be refunded.
–  If the customer cancels between 30 days and 14 days before the start of the tour service then 50% of the tour service fee will be refunded.  
–  If the customer cancels with less than 14 days before the tour 25% of the tour service fee will be refunded.
– A photographer may transfer their tour registration to another photographer for an additional fee of $100.00 payable at the start of the tour.  Brian Merry must be notified of the transfer at least 48 hours before the start of the tour.
– Tour registration, refundable fee and/or cancelation fees are not transferable to another workshop, tour or conference in the event a participant decides to cancel their spot on the tour.