6-9 October 2019 - Autumn on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Photo Workshop
Vancouver Island Photo Workshop

6-9 October 2019 - Autumn on Vancouver Island


Autumn is a fantastic season to participate to a photo workshop on beautiful Vancouver Island. The rainforest displays shades of green, yellow, orange, red and browns. Furthermore, after a long migration from the Pacific Ocean, the salmon return to their native stream on the Pacific NorthWest Coast to spawn. This event attracts lots of predators, such as eagles, vultures and bears. During this workshop, we will visit rivers and estuaries, which are known for the salmon return and we will explore the lush rainforest to photograph the vivid colours of the autumn.

Join me for an intensive and informal photo workshop on the East coast of Vancouver Island. As a local, I know the right places and times to observe nature in this beautiful region of the Pacific West Coast.

What to expect?

We will spend a lot of time in the field where you can practice as the lessons are being taught. We will cover the key elements of composition, use of light, creativity and workflow. All my workshops are customized to suit the individual or group level of photography technical and creative experience.

Expect a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere and lots of photographic instructions. My time is entirely dedicated to you. I rarely use my camera other than to demonstrate a technique or settings. My goal is for you to get the best possible images. The low participant-to-instructor ratio also encourages more one-on-one instruction time.

Constructive critiques of images are offered on a daily basis during the entire workshop.

I am looking forward to show you my favourite spots. Contact me with all your questions and tell me about your goals and level of experience.

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Day 1

The group will meet and greet in Courtenay, at 6 pm, before heading out for our first photo session in the field.

Day 2 and 3

Exploration of the Qualicum region and the Quinsam river. Expect long days in order to take advantage of the light, take the time to observe the scene and compose your images. Instructions and critique will be provided throughout the workshop. A presentation on photo processing is scheduled in the afternoon of Day 3.

Day 4

Last field session in the Comox Valley region. The workshop concludes by noon.

I am looking forward to show you some of my favourite places on Vancouver Island for wildlife, old-growth forests, and rivers.


  • Photography instruction

  • Editing instruction

  • Image critique

  • Local professional photographer with knowledge of the right locations 

  • 100% shooting. Look for your best composition instead of the best spots!

  • Improvement of your technical skills in shooting and post-processing

  • Discovery of a new place while taking the time to create your best images

  • More one-on-one time by being part of a small group of 5 participants


  • Transportation from and to the shooting location (carpooling amongst participants can be arranged from Courtenay), equipment, personal travel insurance (1), accommodation (2), travel costs, meals and drinks.

Packing list and shooting locations will be provided to participants. All locations are within 60 km of Courtenay (Comox Valley). The itinerary can change based on weather conditions, wildlife behaviour and the group’s photographic interests. Participants are expected to be flexible to the group’s needs. Be prepared for:

  • Short to moderate hikes on uneven terrain (less than 4 km), in the forest and on sandy and pebble beaches. No steep climbs. Note the terrain can be slippery and muddy when wet.


(1) Health insurance (including hospitalization and medical treatment) and travel insurance (including flights cancellation) are highly recommended.

(2) All outings depart from downtown Courtenay, in the Comox Valley. Please book your accommodations, depending on your own budget, in one of the two main municipalities in the Comox Valley: Courtenay or Comox.

By signing up for this workshop, you acknowledge that you understand and accept all these conditions.


If you send a written notice of cancellation to Catherine Babault Photography more than 30 days prior to the start of the workshop, Catherine Babault Photography will refund 75% of the total workshop cost to you. If you send a written notice of cancellation to Catherine Babault Photography less than 30 days but more than 10 days prior to the start of the workshop, Catherine Babault Photography will refund 50% of the total workshop cost to you. There will be no refund if you send a written notice of cancellation less than 10 days prior to the start of the workshop.


Catherine Babault Photography cannot be held responsible or liable for any claims, losses, damages, costs or expenses arising out of injury, accident or death, damage, loss or delay of baggage or property, or delay, inconvenience, loss of employment, upset, disappointment, distress or frustration, whether physical or mental, caused by any act of omission or negligence. Catherine Babault Photography is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip (i.e. travel costs, non-refundable air tickets, etc). The workshop itinerary is a general guideline of what can be expected on the photo workshop, but it is not a contract. Factors such as weather conditions, mechanical breakdown, medical emergencies, natural disasters or other uncontrollable circumstances can alter your trip.

How to get to the Comox Valley

There are daily flights connecting Comox airport (YQQ) with Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Several car rental companies are available in the Comox Valley. Vancouver Island can also be reached by ferry from Vancouver (Canada) and Port Angeles (US). Drive on Highway 19, or follow Hwy 19A for a scenic route, all the way up to the Comox Valley.