Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday DETAILS
Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday
Join NaturesLens & delve into the heart of British Columbia, navigating the unspoilt region that surrounds the Taku river to track & photograph the outstanding range of native species that thrive in this expanse of forested wilderness.
The subject focus of this 11-day wildlife photography experience is the Grizzly Bears of the Taku River; the true king of the forest, & you will have the chance to witness in awe their power, intelligence & honest nature, making them the perfect subject for any keen wildlife photographer.
Unlike most other operators who spend 4-6 days in this area, we have negotiated a special rate that allows for 8 days at a camp alongside the Taku river in British Columbia.
NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers to join them in getting up close to the magnificent grizzly bear, as it thrives in dense forests that surround the Taku river in British Columbia. This region is famed for its diverse wildlife inhabitants, & conservation efforts in the area have done a great deal in allowing species to live in peace away from human interference. Our trip therefore offers a rare opportunity to experience this environment & capture stunning wildlife images to add to your portfolio.
With the help of an expert local guide with years of experience working with the bears, you will be led to advantageous viewing points from which to take photographs, amongst other native species, benefitting from guidance on how best to spot the animals without causing any disturbance which might compromise your photography opportunities, or frighten the animals. The isolated location of our camp where the trip is based has been selected for the highest potential for bear photography that it offers, & we make it our goal to provide you with an experience which is both rewarding & unforgettable.
In contrast to popular belief, grizzly bears are not threatening creatures by nature; they are curious, tolerant & not interested in getting into trouble with photographers. As long as photographers remain respectful & stay calm, grizzly bears can be wonderful subjects for wildlife photography; allowing you to make the most of their captivating behaviour. The forests that cover this region provide a stunning backdrop for imagery, as the depth of green hues & soft light penetrating the tree tops create an environment that is both peaceful & mysterious for you to capture on camera.
You will be completely immersed in the world of the Grizzly Bears from the moment you arrive on the Taku River, living within their forest environment from dawn until dusk. Bears of all ages, both male & female, will be present throughout your trip, so there are hugely diverse bear photography opportunities for you to utilise including the chance to photograph adorable grizzly cubs as they explore & learn to survive.
You will also have a range of viewing platforms at your disposal which lie dotted throughout the forests, giving you the chance to be more independent & photograph the bears in an unguided situation, obtaining both wide-angle shots of bears within the landscape, as well as close up portrait shots capturing the bears’ majestic features in detail. There may also be opportunities to photograph additional native species, including moose, wolves, eagles & other bird species that might make an appearance during your visit, as well as salmon leaping from the river tempting the bears.
This trip offers some of the finest & most intimate grizzly bear viewing where you will discover that co-existence with grizzly bears is not only safe & peaceful but also entertaining & fun. By showing respect & tolerance for this magnificent animal you will learn the true nature of grizzly bears & in doing so, will help set a course for their survival.
All internal transfers, accommodation & meals at the camp are all included to make things as straightforward & enjoyable for you as possible.
The location of the base for the trip can only be accessed by helicopter, & we also include this exciting experience in the price of the trip, which offers you another unique view of the landscape. The nature of the trip means group sizes must be kept small to allow for the best possible experience for photographer & animal alike, so booking early is essential.
International flights, drinks & items of a personal nature are excluded.
Grizzly Bears on the Taku River Availability
Spaces available – 2 places only remain available
We recommend that you dress up warmly for early morning starts – it can get quite cold sitting in the hide in the early hours. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.
For our boat trips, non-slip waterproof boots or wellington boots are recommended. As with most boats water can slosh through the scuppers if the boat rolls so sandals or light pumps can get wet and spoil your enjoyment.
- Waterproof (and windproof) coat.
- Warm trousers, preferably waterproof.
- Thermal clothing.
- Thermal socks.
- Non slip waterproof boots or wellington boots (no cleats or studs please).
- Waterproof cap or hat.
- Warm fleece for early morning starts and once the sun has set.
- Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
- Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
- Travel sickness pills.
- Digital camera body.
- Lenses in the range 70mm – 500mm.
- Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focussing.
- An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
- Monopod or tripod.
- Remote shutter release.
- Spare memory cards.
- Spare battery.
- Battery charger.
- Lens cleaning cloth.
- Camera and lens waterproof cover.
- Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.
NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.
The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 4plus NaturesLens guide(s).
Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
Due to the remote nature of the camp, single rooms are not available, however, female travellers travelling alone will be paired with another single female & likewise for single male travellers.
Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Proposed Itinerary
- Day 1: Travel from UK to Whitehorse, arrival in Whitehorse & overnight.
- Day 2: Early shuttle bus transfer to Atlin (1.5 hours) & helicopter trip to the camp where your bear viewing adventure begins.
- Day 3: Grizzly bear viewing.
- Day 4: Grizzly bear viewing.
- Day 5: Grizzly bear viewing.
- Day 6: Grizzly bear viewing.
- Day 7: Grizzly bear viewing.
- Day 8: Grizzly bear viewing.
- Day 9: Grizzly bear viewing.
- Day 10: Morning flight by helicopter to Atlin & shuttle bus transfer back to Whitehorse.
- Day 11: Travel to UK We include
- Overnight in Whitehorse, Canada
- Services of professional wilderness guides
- Return shuttle bus from Whitehorse, Yukon to Atlin, British Columbia
- Helicopter transportation to remote wilderness camp
- 8 nights accommodation with all meals
- All non-alcoholic beverages at dinner while at camp