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The 8th All Inclusive

Cape Breton Fall Colors

Tour Around

the Famous Cabot Trail

Oct. 15-18, 2020

 Click here to register for the tour!
 5 Photographers = a personable, quality filled tour

Transportation, Rooms, Evening Presentation and Meals are all included!

Cape Breton Island Tour on a rainy day. Taken during one of my past 6 tours there, © www.brianmerry.ca

Number of Guests:  5 photographers 

When:  Oct. 18-20, 2019

Lead by:  Brian Merry

What’s Included:  All meals, transportation, accommodation and guiding

Transportation:  Group transport provided 

Cost for shared rooms:  $895.00 shared occupancy rooms

Cost for single rooms: $995 for single occupancy rooms

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

 

Introduction:

     Have you ever wanted to experience the famous Fall colors of the mountainous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island?  You can.  We can photograph the red and gold carpet of maple trees draping over the rolling Cape Breton Highlands together.  These beautiful ancient mountains are on the Northern edge of the Appalachian Mountain chain.  They rise 1500 feet straight out of the sea along Cape Breton’s Northwestern shoreline.  They are spectacular!

This is your chance experience them on this all inclusive landscape photography tour. 

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

The lighthouse on Cheticamp Island from the sea. © www.brianmerry.ca

     Did I mention I know this end of Cape Breton like the back of my hand?  I do.  I grew up in Nova Scotia experiencing the Cape Breton Fall colors first hand every year.  We’ll be staying on the rugged eastern side of the Cape Breton on the first night of the tour.  We’ll be in one of the most beautiful little villages on the East side of the trail, North River Bridge.  On the second night we’ll be in the small, busy little fishing village where my family is from, Cheticamp, NS.  Cheticamp is just minutes away from the Cape Breton Highlands National Park which provides us with beautiful photographic opportunities on day 2 and day 3 of the tour.

All in the Family:

On the second night of the tour we’ll be staying at the Cheticamp Motel on the Western shore of Cape Breton.  This Motel is owned and operated by my parents.  I have many fond memories spending Summers here during my teenage years.  The local and Family charm on this leg of our tour is a beautifully unique feature that you won’t find readily on any other tour.  Honestly, seeing my parents and I interact can be quite entertaining.  I have decades of outdoor photography tour and workshop design, management and delivery experience at venues literally around the World.  But, my mom and dad still treat me like their little boy.  I love it, and I think that you will too!

Summary:

     Join me as I show you the best of the largest mountains on Cape Breton Island during the usual peak of the Maple tree fall colors.   Sit back, pull out your camera and tripod, and enjoy the spectacular maple trees of Cape Breton Island  in all their glory.  The timing of the fall colors is not guaranteed, but between Oct. 15 -22 is the usual peak of color along the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island.  And we’ll there there right in the middle of the peak on the weekend!

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 around the Trail and photograph the colourful maple forests and the numerous river valleys as we travel.  We’ll be photographing on the sub arctic plateau found in Western Cape Breton Island National Park, Canada’s second oldest National Park, and along the beautiful picturesque road that many thousands of people have travelled around the World to see, The Cabot Trail.  I’m going to show you the best of the best that this area has to offer.  Will you come with me to see it?

     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.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Oct. 15, 2020, Thursday

We’ll meet on Thursday at 7:30pm at the Inverary Resort in Baddeck, NS on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020,  After we sign the pre-tour paperwork and signing the waivers we’ll have an information session and presentation showing you what you can expect over the next four days.  There’ll be an outdoor photography presentation providing some landscape photography instruction and inspiration for the weekend.  We’ll also go over basic showing techniques and I’ll introduce my artistic approach to outdoor photography that has inspired throughout my 2+ decade career. 

This Introductory presentation is just one of the improvements I’ve made to the tour over the years from the suggestions that I’ve received from past participants in their feedback questionnaires.  You told me what I should change, and I listened.

Day 2:  Oct. 16, 2020, Friday

We’ll start the day with sunrise close to the resort using the group transportation to shoot the Sunrise over Baddeck Bay followed with breakfast at one of the resort restaurants.  After breakfast we’ll check out and set off on the Cabot Trail touring counterclockwise around the trail heading North into the Highlands!  One of first stops will be a side detour off of the Cabot Trail to visit Cape Clear.  We’re masking this detour to capture a remote and well sought after panorama overlooking the Upper Margaree River Valley.  It is impressive to see just how far that this major island river penetrates deep into the Cape Breton highland plateau. 

After capturing this iconic photo we’ll photograph our way counterclockwise around the Cabot Trail along the Atlantic Ocean side of the Trail stopping frequently for photographs throughout the day.  We’ll be photographing beautiful waterfalls, mountains, rivers and coastline and of course, the brilliant Fall colors that the Cabot Trail is Famous for!   Our destination for this evening is the beautiful little Chanterelle Inn in “North River Bridge.”

In the evening we’ll see part 1 of the tour slideshow focusing on landscape composition featuring photography for across Canada from all over Borth America, and around the World in Japan too!

Day 3:  Oct. 17, 2020, Saturday

As we approach Cheticamp we’ll be photographing some of the best scenery that the Cabot Trail has to offer along the NW coastline of Cape Breton in and ajacent to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  We’ll be photographing many classic landscape photography locations from various vantage points throughout the day.  Some of the best locations in this Northern part of the trip are only known to locals.  One of this spots will offer us an often overlooked part of the trail, even by many local Cape Bretoners. 

This location provides a very unique view looking NorthWest into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.  If the weather is clear we will be able to see a remote part of the beautiful province of Quebec, Les Ilse de la Madeleine, far out into the Gulf.  There is one spot along the Trail where we can see this distance island on the horizon on a clear day.  I noticed it when I used to ride my bicycle back and forth over these mountains when I was a teenager. 

This unique view of Quebec may even provide you with future inspiration for your next photography trip!!!  Let’s keep our fingers crossed for clear weather!  I know of this unique point along the trail because I spent much of my teenage years here growing up on Northwestern Cape Breton Island.  Locals know about these places, and I’m going to share the best of them with you on this tour.

We’ll arrive in Cheticamp shortly after leaving the National Park and we’ll check into the Cheticamp Motel.  You’ll have a chance to meet the proprietors of the Motel too, my parents!  Yes, this motel is a family run business.  After checking in we’ll head back out to shoot the Sunset at another nearby local favorite location. 

After Sunrise we’ll drive the short distance back to the Motel for dinner and part 2 of the landscape photography presentation that I started at the Chanterelle Inn the previous evening.

Day 4:  Oct. 18, 2020, Sunday

We’ll start the day with tea/coffee/juice and muffins before heading out for a sunrise photography session on a beautiful local sandy beach.  We’ll be utilizing some of the the techniques that you learned from the landscape photography presentations that you’re saw over the past two days.   After Sunrise we’ll head back to the motel for breakfast, and then we’ll check out.

We’ll depart Cheticamp after breakfast and head into South towards, and eventually into the Margaree Valley continuing our journey around the Cabot Trail. 

Today we’ll be photographing the rugged Acadian shoreline and the famous Margaree Valley.  If time and the wetaher premits will visit another precious local favour, and somewhat secret location, Egypt Falls.  Visiting the Falls will hinge on the weather and the condition of the access road and trail.  I know how to find them using good logging roads, but if the road is closed we may not be able to see Eqypt Falls. 

Don’t be disappointed though if Egypt Falls is not accessable.  Like any good locals knowing the area like that back of his hand, I have a plan B.  We’ll visit another beautiful waterfall close to Hunter’s Mountain as our back up plan.  After decending Hunter’s Miountain and completing the last few kilomenters of the Cabot Trails we’ll head back to the Inverary Resort to pick up our cars that we left there on  .  trails Late in the afternoon we’ll complete our circular tour of Cabot Trail, ending back where we started, at KM 0 of Trail, close to Baddeck.  This is where we’ll pick up your cars and say our farewells.

*  The itinerary is weather dependent and may change due to weather conditions and/or other extraneous conditions that may arise.  The inn and Motel venues for each night will remain unchanged in the event of bad weather.  But, the exactr locations will vary depending on the weather during the tour.  I know this part of Cape Breton very well.  This flexibility is needed to ensure that I deliver the best tour possible to you given my experience in the area and the present weather/industry conditions.

I love Cape Breton Island, and I’m going to enjoy showing it to you.

 

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

Access:

If you’re travelling from away, I recommend that you fly into Halifax International Airport and rent a car from there that you reserved ahead of time.  Baddeck is a 3.5 hour direct drive from the airport through the spectacular countryside of Nova Scotia.

From the Halifax International Airport exit the airport grounds and drive to highway 102.  Turn right onto highway 102 and travel north to Truro, NS.  When highway 102 ends 4 kms past Truro turn right, heading East, onto the Trans Canada, highway 104, and drive to Cape Breton Island.  Once across the causeway and onto Cape Breton Island in Port Hastings the Trans Canada Highway changes it’s number to highway 105.  Continue heading North towards Sydney, NS.  In about 45 minutes you’ll meet the start of the Cabot trail, and the tour.  I’ll meet everyone at “The Red Barn” restaurant and Gift Shop.

For those of you planning to arrive a day earlier I recommend that you rent a motel room in Baddeck overnight.  The nice little trendy town of Baddeck is about 10kms from the start/end of thew Cabot Trail.  It will be a short drive for you from town to the tour start meeting location.

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

Extending your trip:

If you are travelling from outside of Atlantic Canada you may want to arrive a few days earlier to photograph some of the beautiful landscapes on the mainland of Nova Scotia while basing yourself out of Halifax.  Many spectacular landscapes may be found within an hour drive of the city.  Some of these landscape include the world famous Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is a mere 30 minute drive from Halifax and you can park 100 meters from the light.  I recommend being there for a sunrise while you’re visiting Halifax.  You may also want to visit the Minas Basin, Annapolis Valley, the Eastern Shore, Prospect Cove and the Shubinacadie River Valley.  Around Halifax he maple trees turn to their fall colors about a week before they do in Cape Breton.  If you’re going to extend your trip to explore around Halifax then you should do it before the tour starts as opposed to after the tour.  You won’t be disappointed if you do.

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 smallish tidal wave (the tidal boar) which comes up the river every day.

     Also, the maple trees turn to their fall colors 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 so before the tour as opposed to after the tour if your goal is to photograph the Fall colors

*   Shared accommodation discounts are available for friends/partners sharing the same room.  Contact me for details if you and a friend want to share a room and each receive $100 shared accommodation refund on your registration.  There is only one bed per room in most of the rooms.  So photographers choosing to share a room will have to email me to specify if they require one or two beds.  

**   The Itinerary is weather dependent 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 to you the best tour possible.  I’ll be balancing the weather conditions that we’ll have during the tour, my experience in the area, the seasonal location availability and present industry conditions.  I’m going to use my diverse experience to deliver the my best tour possible over the weekend.  

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 outlined below.  

     I thank you for your interest in my tours.  I truly enjoy hosting them.  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 financial liability, over and above the registration fee of the tour. 

     The Cape Breton Fall Colors Tours will never be canceled due to low registration though.  If one person is registered on a Cape Breton Fall Colors tour, we’re going ahead with the tour, given that all other factors are viable.  You can rest assured that if you purchase a ticket for the Cape Breton Fall Colors Tour the tour will not be cancelled due to low registration.

–  Refunds are not permitted.  All sales are final.
– 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 or the transfer won’t be allowed.
– Tour registration, refundable fee and/or cancellation fees are not transferable to another workshop, tour or conference in the event a participant decides to cancel their spot on the tour.