Caribou on barrens in autumn colours

Capture the Scenes of a Lifetime

Explore the Arctic landscape, wildlife and the aurora

Photo Credit: Cheryl Stewart

Join us for six days of extraordinary adventure that will immerse you in the awe-inspiring barren lands while, captivating you under the canopy of the night sky. This workshop takes place during prime aurora season, while vibrant autumn colours blanket the barrens. The macro opportunities are abundant and possible wildlife sightings my include: caribou, grizzly bears, wolves, moose and various bird species. Each day you will be in the field hiking and/or travelling by boat to awe-inspiring vistas and giving you the freedom to chase photographic opportunities as they arrive. Enjoy dark star-filled skies away from city lights as you see the aurora dancing across the night sky and cast reflections on Point Lake.

Suitable for all levels of photographers; whether you are a beginner or experienced photographer you will return home with spectacular images and share a profound experience by spending time on the barrens.

Central Canadian Barrenground Caribou in barrens in autumn
Central Canadian Barrenground Caribou in barrens in autumn

Days at the lodge are dedicated in the field. You will explore the Arctic landscape, hiking and/or travelling by boat to scout for wildlife, and search out intricate macro compositions. Our professional guides, with years of spotting experience, will scout wildlife on daily group excursions with a focus on safety.

Wild Blueberries with Bearberry
Wild Blueberries with Bearberry

Upon your return from your full day excursions a freshly prepared meal awaits, where local ingredients are often incorporated into the menu.

A beautiful day for a boat excursion
A beautiful day for a boat excursion

Nights will be dedicated to aurora photography, milky way photography, light painting or stargazing. The sweeping landscapes, and lakeside location is perfect for capturing reflections, plus the sheer number of stars will enhance your night time photography experiences. Enjoy this uncrowded and beautiful setting to experiment with time-lapse photography, or just sit back and enjoy the show. Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge is far removed from crowds and light pollution providing the ideal setting for northern lights and Dark Sky photography.

Aurora over the lodge
Aurora over the lodge
2021 Dates
August 28 – September 02
September 02 -07
2021 Price$6,450.00 CDN or
$5,497.00 USD
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Number of ParticipantsMin. 4 | Max. 12

What’s Included

  • Scenic return charter float plane flight to Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge
  • Five nights’ accommodation at Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge
  • Five nights of aurora viewing/photography and Dark Sky Photography
  • Three delicious meals per day
  • Professional photo leader Cheryl Stewart
  • Guided Daily Excursions (including fishing option)
  • Unlimited assistance and input in the field from your Professional Photo workshop leader
  • Photographic tutorials & hands on instruction
  • Image reviews, critiques and post processing in Lightroom
  • Fun, creative and a AMAZING Time!
  • Lodge Gear including: rubber boots & life jackets
  • Personalized shuttle to and from the Yellowknife airport, hotel & float base
Hiking Excursion
Hiking Excursion – Photo by Diane Boisvert

What’s Not Included

Taxes, meals in Yellowknife, fishing license, camera equipment and/or accessories, personal items, specialty beverages, travel insurance (trip cancellation insurance) emergency medical coverage, gratuities. Any expenses incurred due to delays caused by inclement weather, mechanical or other reasons beyond our control.

Download our 2021 Photography Flyer and Itinerary

Trip Extensions

Photographers in their element

Enjoy the benefits of spending a few days in Yellowknife before flying to Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge with our trip extension packages. The complete package is designed to give you a taste of our northern city as well as, provide additional photo opportunities (nature hikes to scenic places, boating on Great Slave Lake, aurora tours) plus give you time to get to know fellow travellers. These trip extension options showcase the best of Yellowknife and our surrounding area.

They Include:

  • Yellowknife Accommodations
  • Tours with professional local guides
  • Airport pick up & drop off
  • Personalized service

Interested in more details? Check out our Trip Extension Information Package.

Rates

All rates are per person and based on double occupancy. Single guests can sign up to share a room with another person of the same gender at the regular rate. If a single guest prefers to have a private room option we have a single private room rate.

Workshop/Educational Focus

Your photo leader will offer advice to fit the ever-changing environment and weather conditions. Working within the group dynamic as well as one-on-one focus on individual photographic interests. Client photo review sessions are encouraged and are an informative part of the workshop activities. In addition to learning about the technical side of photography, and post-processing, time will also be spent on the creative and artistic side of photography in a casual positive manner. We will review controlling depth of field, reading the Histogram and camera settings. Depending on interest we may also cover HDR, panoramic stitching, light painting, star trails, using Grad and polarizing filters, and much more. Group participation is voluntary and guests who prefer more independent shooting are certainly welcome. If you want more assistance, your photo leader is there to guide and assist you in all things photographic. For more information on workshop topics that will be covered, download the outline here.

Deposits/Terms/Cancellation Policy

In order to confirm a reservation a $1,500 deposit is required. Further payment for half of the trip price is due by April 15.  Final Balance is due June 1. Dates are available on a first come, first serve basis. If a booking is made less than 60 days before the trip date then the full amount must be paid at the time of booking. If you need special payment arrangements for your deposit, just ask. Please see our Terms and Conditions Page for more information.

Gallery

Check out Cheryl’s photos from our 2019 Workshop, visit Living Skies Photo Gallery here


Itinerary – 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS

Peterson's Point Lake Lodge
Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge (Photo by Terry Lende)

Day 0 – Arrive in Yellowknife

Arctic Photography Workshop participants are encouraged to arrive in Yellowknife early to avoid any issues with weather or luggage and airline delays. The float plane flight to Peterson’s Point lake Lodge departs in the morning, and some airlines will not have schedules that allow you to make the connection. Consider signing up for our pre-workshop trip extension packages; they are designed to get you set-up before your workshop plus, provide the best of what our area has to offer – from nature hikes, boating on Great Slave Lake to watching the aurora, these extra days are a great way to share in excitement before flying to the majestic barrens.

DAY 1 – Destination Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge

One of our friendly representatives will pick you (with accompanying luggage) up at your hotel to drive you to the Air Tindi float base. While luggage is weight and the plane is being loaded enjoy a lakeside complimentary continental breakfast of fresh fruit, freshly baked bannock, preserves & celebratory beverage before your scenic float plane flight to Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge. Upon your arrival, our team will provide an introduction and safety briefing over lunch. After a guided tour of the lodge and getting settled into your assigned cabin there is time for a nearby hiking excursion.

Day 2 – 5: Photography/Hiking/Daily Excursions

Your days will include guided hiking and boating excursions, where you can walk in deeply entrenched caribou paths, or climb rolling hills and sand eskers – always on the look for wildlife, intricate macro compositions, colourful landscapes and sweeping vistas. Your workshop leader will be alongside to assist with camera settings, composition advise or any help you may need, moving along at your own pace. Evenings may be dedicated to photo reviews, critiques and instruction, depending on group dynamics. weather permitting, nights will be spend fine tuning aurora photography skills, milky way photography , light painting or stargazing. Spectacular morning sunrises may also have you waking early to capture these moments too. Day and night-time activities will be adjusted to conditions, along with the energy and feedback from the group.

Day 6 – Final Day, Departure & Goodbyes

This is the last day of your workshop. There’s plenty of time to photograph the sunrise and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before packing for your return flight to Yellowknife. Upon your arrival you will be met by a member of our team to transport you to your hotel or airport.

If you love wildlife, awe-inspiring night skies, breathtaking landscapes & want to enhance your photography skills, click the “Sign Me UP!” button now because this workshop will sell out fast.

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Important Trip Notes

Arctic Photography Workshop participants are encouraged to join the excursions and learn a bit of the history and culture of Yellowknife, as well as see some of the local sites and get to know your fellow travellers. We recommended a minimum of a two overnight stay in Yellowknife the evening before the workshop.

This package is 100% weather dependent and adjustment to flights and daily activities may occur as a result of inclement weather and/or other uncontrollable factors.

Natural events such as aurora and wildlife sighting are beyond our control. Photographers are invited to come with this knowledge and the understanding that our lodge and package offerings is located in a vast land and as populations, migratory patterns and weather fluctuates the numbers and frequency of seeing animals can vary, factored in with length of stay. There will be nights that unfortunately we won’t see the northern lights and days that wildlife may not be spotted. We’ll do our best to set ourselves up for success and invite photographers to have an open mind and adaptability to take advantage of all photo opportunities, be it macro, landscape and other.

We highly recommend all guests ensure they have emergency medical coverage prior to visiting the lodge and have trip/travel insurance.

Please check with our office for availability prior to booking your flight to Yellowknife.