North Island Explorer - Day 3

3 Day Photography Tour on Northern Vancouver Island

Detailed Information for Day 1

Detailed Information for Day 2

Day 3:

Take a leisurely breakfast this morning, and enjoy a free day exploring the town of Port McNeill. We will depart Port McNeill harbor between 3:00pm and 4:00pm today, depending on sunset times. We head out to our first stop the U'mista Cultural Centre at Alert Bay, on Cormorant Island.

U'mista is the centre of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations living culture, their spirituality, art, and language. Inside the U'mista Big House is a vast collection of ceremonial masks that were seized by authorities in 1922 when potlatch was outlawed. Now some of the original pieces have been returned and can be seen here on display. alert bay picture Please note that photography is not permitted inside the U'mista Cultural Centre.

Leaving the quaint village of Alert Bay, we head back out to the water to find our location for the evening.

Our goal is to capture the soft, late afternoon and early evening light, set against the beautiful land and seascapes. Practice creative photography, with the rapidly changing light situations we encounter as the sun sink lower. Rolf will be on hand to provide assistance with composition, light management, and general photography tips where needed.

bald eagle picture These waterways are also home to a host of marine mammals including killer whales, humpback whales, dolphins, dall's porpoise, and steller's sea lions just to name a few.

A possible encounter with these sea creatures, would further enhance your experience and photo opportunities while taking advantage of the spectacular lighting of sunset. We will return to Port McNeill harbor between 9:00pm and 9:30pm. Meals Included: Breakfast, light evening snack

Detailed Information for Day 1

Detailed Information for Day 2

Day 4:

Enjoy a full breakfast again this morning, then check out of your room. picture of killer whales


North island Explorer - round up:

  • Daily Departures: From Port McNeill at times stated.
  • Includes: Transfers from anywhere within Port McNeill (outside Port McNeill transfers can be arranged)
  • Transportation (by boat or vehicle)
  • Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast - 3 nights
  • Entrance fees
  • Photography workshop
  • Meals as indicated - no dinners are included.

Transportation and Sunset photography workshop
Approximately 2 hours

Long light pants or shorts (with a change of long pants), t-shirt, sweater, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, parka in case of rain, sunglasses, and hat. Additional layers should also be considered for the evening, particularly for sunset trips.

This tour operates from July 1st until October 31st, with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 passengers.


The North Island Explorer tour may not operate in the daily order as stated above. We reserve the right to adjust the order of activities subject to weather forecasts, tides, and water conditions. We reserve the right to cancel tours due to bad or stormy weather.


To reserve space on this tour, please contact us. (limited space available)

A 50% deposit is required to hold this booking, with the balance due 14 days prior to departure. Cancellations are accepted up to 8 days prior to departure of the tour, however a $100.00 cancellation fee applies.

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