Join me for an exclusive, weekend workshop deep in the heart of Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park on scenic Lake Traverse for an opportunity to create stunning imagery from this remote, pristine landscape. This event will be held on September 15, 16, & 17. Lake Traverse is situated in a remote area of the park and is rich in both history and stunning scenery. To reach this remote location in Algonquin Provincial Park you must enter at the Sand Lake Gate. In the early 1900’s lumber baron J.R. Booth established a private lodge – The Booth Turtle Club on the shores of Lake Traverse. Today remnants of this lodge can be found in the woodlands such as impressive stone fireplaces and a rusted old wreck decaying in the forest. The timing of this event will allow for misty sunrises over Lake Traverse and assuming weather conditions co-operate we are in one of the best locations in all of Ontario to photograph the night sky and possibly the aurora borealis. Furthermore, we are situated a short walking distance from picturesque waterfalls on the Petawawa River.
Our accommodations for this event will be at the very comfortable Algonquin Radio Observatory, located on the shores of Lake Traverse. A tour of the immense satellite has been arranged during the mid-day hours when lighting for photography is generally at its worst. Also available to participants is the use of canoes and kayaks during the mid-day hours to explore the lake on your own.
This workshop will run rain or shine.
A quick note about the Algonquin Radio Observatory (from their website):
The Algonquin Radio Observatory (ARO) is Canada’s national radio observatory featuring Canada’s premiere Earth station facility. ARO is a division of space technology company Thoth Technology Inc.
Completed and commissioned in the 1965, ARO’s 46m antenna is the largest antenna in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The observatory is situated on a 100 acre wild and breathtakingly beautiful site in the North of Algonquin Provincial Park on Lake Traverse, deep inside the park. The observatory hosts a suite of state-of-the-art scientific equipment including its own atomic clock and still operates with a state-of-the-art technical capability.
ARO is the official ground station for Northern Light, Canada’s mission to Mars.
This workshop will be open to a maximum of 10 participants.
The cost of this workshop is $495 based on double occupancy (single supplement $40). Payable by cheque or e-mail transfer.
A non-refundable deposit of $200 to secure a space in this workshop is required. Payable by cheque or e-mail transfer.
Participants with any special dietary needs must communicate them at time of booking so the necessary arrangements can be made to meet your requirements.
Friday September 15:
Meet & Greet Dinner at 6:00 p.m. follow by photographic presentation and a nightscape photo session (assuming weather conditions co-operate)
Saturday September 16:
Morning Photo Session (6am – 10am) followed by breakfast, tour of satellite, Petawawa River Session, Rusty Old Wreck Session, Evening Photo Session, Nightscape Session (assuming weather conditions co-operate)
Sunday September 17:
Morning photo session (6am – 10am) followed by breakfast. Checkout is at 11:00 a.m. however, participants are permitted to explore other areas of the park at their leisure for the remainder of the day.
Do Note: Each location we will photograph at is only a short walking distance from our home base at the Algonquin Radio Observatory.
- Landscape photography instruction by yours truly
- Lodging at Algonquin Radio Observatory
- Friday – dinner
- Saturday – breakfast, lunch, & dinner
- Sunday – breakfast
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Algonquin Radio Observatory
- A 3 day, daily vehicle permit must be purchased at the Sand Lake Gate to enter the park (currently $17 per day. This would allow participants to remain in the park until 10:00 pm on Sunday)
- Alcoholic Beverages
In the event that the workshop does not meet the required minimum number of participants to run all deposits will be refunded in full.
To reserve your spot for this exclusive workshop please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org