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Vancouver Island April 17-19th
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Join Gavin Hardcastle and Adam Gibbs for a taste of big trees and wild coastlines on Vancouver Island.

Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island - 2 Days

April 17-19th, 10 Participants Total

$1995 USD

Port Renfrew is becoming recognized as the BIG tree capital of Canada and for good reason. Not far from this small coastal town are some of the last remaining temperate old growth forests to be found in western Canada. Not only does Port Renfrew have large trees but it has a stunning coastline. To the south is the 45km Juan de Fuca trail and to the north the infamous 75km west coast trail.

A minimum of $995 is required for a deposit. The full amount or outstanding balance can also be payed.

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

5 spots are available for registration here 5 spots are also available at Fototripper.com (Gavins website)

Twisted Forest, Botany Bay

For this workshop, we'll be staying at the Big Fish Lodge that overlooks the beautiful San Juan Bay. We'll be exploring a number of locations during this weekend retreat including Botanical Beach that is well known for its wonderful tide pools. Sombrio beach for its waterfalls and the Avatar grove that has two of the "gnarliest" red cedars on the coast.  

Late Friday afternoon we meet at the Big Fish Lodge. Get acquainted, early group meal and head out to one of the beaches for a sunset shoot.

Breakfast will be served after our morning photo sessions. Dinners will be early to enable us to head out for sunset shooting. We'll also have opportunities to cover subjects such as composition, light, colour theory and perhaps digital image processing tricks and techniques throughout the weekend.

What’s Included:

  • Two night accommodation at lodge (shared occupancy)

  • Breakfast, snacks and dinners (lunches not included)

  • Photography instruction by Adam Gibbs and Gavin Hardcastle

What’s not Included:

  • Transportation to Port Renfrew

  • Accommodation before and after the workshop

  • Medical and travel insurance

More Information….

Where is Port Renfrew?

Port Renfrew lies on the west coast of Vancouver Island, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, roughly 110km north of Victoria. The drive from Victoria takes about 1.5 - 2hrs.

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 return. Mystic Beach is roughly 4km return. However, all locations will require a walk including steep hills. 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 dr

  • Headlamp/flashlight

  • Sunglasses


Optional items:


  • Laptop computer

  • Umbrella