Join me on a four day adventure into one of Vancouver Islands last stands of old growth forest.

Sunset over Pacific Rim National Park

Sunset over Pacific Rim National Park

Explore Vancouver Island

Explore Vancouver Island

Carmanah Provincial Park, Vancouver Island - 4 Days

June 12-15th, 2020 - 8 Participants Total

$1470 USD

Carmanah is one of the best and last stands of old-growth forest left on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Logistically, getting a group of photographers out to Carmanah is difficult since the trip is long and there are no facilities close to the area. So for this tour, I have teamed up with Explore Vancouver Island who have a beast of a bus to get a small group in and out of Carmanah Provincial Park. I am very excited about the tour since it is an area that I have always wanted to take other photographers to. Carmanah also offers some of the most challenging woodland photography that there is out there.

Carmanah June 2020
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Important! Please note, In the event of a cancellation there is no refund. Photography Booking Policy, please read.

This workshop starts in the city of Nanaimo, where you will be picked up on the morning of the 17th. Our first day will be spent heading into Carmanah Provincial Park. The logging road into the park is a long one, but we will have lots of time to stop and explore some roadside rainforest attractions on our way to the park.

Once we reach Carmanah, we'll set up camp and spend the next two days exploring and photographing old-growth forest. On the morning of the 19th, we'll pack up, say our goodbyes and head back into Nanaimo. Included in this trip is a visit to Canada's most massive known tree, The Cheewhat Giant.

Camping gear, as well as all meals, are included in this tour. This tour will consist of short hikes with hills so please consider before you sign up.

Cowichan Lake

What’s Included:

  • Transportation to and from Carmanah

  • All meals

  • Camping Equipment (except sleeping bag)

  • Photography tour with Adam Gibbs

What’s not Included:

  • Transportation to Nanaimo, Vancouver Island

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Accommodation before and after the workshop

  • Medical and travel insurance

More Information….

Where is Carmanah Provincial Park?

Carmanah Provincial Park lies on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island, roughly 3 hrs from the city of Nanaimo

How hard will the hiking be? PLEASE READ, IMPORTANT!

Hiking? who said anything about hiking? Yes, we will be walking to all locations, the distances are typically no more than a couple of kilometres. However, all locations will require a walk including steep hills and slippery wooden walkways. If you do have mobility problems this is probably not the trip for you. 

What camera gear should I bring?

The following are some recommendations. Generally, we will be focusing primarily on landscape photography but may encounter some wildlife shooting opportunities. Ideally, since we will be hiking throughout the day and carrying our own gear, equipment should be kept to a minimum. Here is a list of what we typically carry in the field. A more detailed "what to bring" list will be sent to you prior to the workshop. If you do shoot wildlife and own or use a very large lens you are welcome to bring it.


Camera Equipment:


  • Lightweight tripod w/ball head

  • Camera backpack

  • DSLR camera body

  • 14-24mm lens

  • 24-120mm lens

  • 70-200mm lens

  • Various ND filters/polarizers/holders for all lenses

  • 2 extra batteries

  • Lens pen/lens cloth

  • lens shade


Other items that should make your day more comfortable on the coast. Either worn or put in your pack for the day.


  • Rubber boots or waterproof hiking boots

  • Long pants

  • Brimmed hat

  • Warm jacket

  • Rain jacket

  • Snack bars/lunch/something to drink

  • Headlamp/flashlight

  • Sunglasses


Optional items:

  • Umbrella