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.

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.

The itinerary can change based on weather conditions, wildlife activity and the group’s photographic interests. Participants are expected to be flexible to the group’s needs.

  • Limited to 5 participants for a better learning experience

  • Short walks in the forest and on sandy and pebble beaches

  • Participants are responsible for their own meals, drinks, accommodations, travel insurance (1), travel cost and transportation (2)

  • Carpooling amongst participants can be arranged on the spot

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


(1) Health insurance (including hospitalisation and medical treatment) and travel insurance (including flights cancellation) are mandatory. Proof must be provided within 3 months of departure.

(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.