- located in Algonquin Park, Ontario
- explore prime loon locations via stable boat
- 2 days in duration
Things you'll love
about this one of a kind tour
A Stable Boat to Shoot From
A flat-bottom, stable boat is the perfect way to get close to the action. I'll be keeping you in position with a quiet, electric trolling motor.
Early summer tours offer the chance to see and photograph a truly amazing spectacle of nature - chicks riding on their parents' backs!
Loons are a tolerant bird, and the boat will allow us to get closer than otherwise possible. Better yet - due to their curious nature, they'll often pop up beside US!
Though I can't guarantee good weather, there's a high chance we'll have misty, golden shooting conditions which would make for dramatic photos.
Welcome to Loon Quest, located in the world renowned Algonquin Park! I'm excited to have you along for the journey. I am offering two formats: a 2 day experience involving 2 morning shoots and 2 evening shoots, OR a single day format involving 1 morning and 1 evening shoot.
Either way... get ready to fill your memory cards with hundreds and hundreds of loon photos!
There's a good chance we'll experience glass-like conditions on the lake which would allow for incredible loon and scenery reflections. With the use of a quiet electric trolling motor, I'll be positioning the boat to take advantage of the best possible lighting and backgrounds.
We typically aim to be on the water before sunrise. Algonquin's pre-dawn scenery can be next level and isn't to be missed! We'll be out until mid to late morning, and then break for lunch, before regrouping on the boat for our evening session. We'll then repeat this on day 2.
with inquiries + booking requests
2 days of guiding (morning/evening/morning/evening): $899 per group (1 to 4 people)
1 day of guiding (morning+evening): $599 per group (1 to 4 people)
July 2-3 - July 4-5 - July 6-7 - July 8-9
(prices in Canadian Dollars)
*other custom dates available on request*
What level of photography experience is recommended?All levels are welcome (even non-photographers who are simply nature enthusiasts). The tour is, however, primarily geared towards beginner and intermediate photographers who are looking to learn photography tips and tricks along the way.
What exactly does this tour entail?There are many different areas I can guide you, and it will largely depend on time of year and the goals you have in mind. For instance - for loons, I might recommend we get out on my boat on a certain lake. For moose, I might recommend a certain short hike, or a certain area to drive around. For lake sunrises I have certain areas in mind. For autumn colours, there are a whole new set of places I would take us. Therefore, in order to curate the best possible experience for you, I look forward to learning your hopes + goals, and each tour will be unique!
Will we see wildlife?Though I'd love to be able to, I simply cannot guarantee we'll see wildlife. However, there are certain things we can do to vastly increase our chances depending on which animals you are most interested in seeing. (If you are REALLY serious about moose, consider joining my Moose Quest trip which guarantees moose sightings) (If you are REALLY serious about loons and chicks, consider joining my Loon Quest trip)
What time of year is best for wildlife?I'd recommend May and early June for most wildlife, though autumn can be good too.
Where does the tour take place?The location will be at a designated meeting spot along highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park. After booking, more information will be disclosed. We will travel around together but in separate vehicles.
What about bad weather?Aside from severe weather, we plan to run the trip rain or shine.
Will I need my own transportation?Yes - guests will meet with me at an established location, and we will travel around together but in separate vehicles.
Are accommodations provided if I choose multiple days of guiding?Guests are responsible for their own accommodations. There are many options in Huntsville + Dwight (west end of Algonquin) and Whitney (east end) in addition to camping in Algonquin Park.
What is the maximum group size?4 guests in addition to myself. I also offer private guiding on request.
What is the cancellation policy?A 50% refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. This is 100% refundable up until 60 days prior to the trip start date at which point it is non refundable. The remaining 50% is required 30 days prior to the trip start date (a reminder in advance of this approaching date will be sent out).
Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to the tour.
A 50% refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. This is 100% refundable up until 60 days prior to the trip start date at which point it is non refundable. The remaining 50% is required 60 days prior to the trip start date (a reminder in advance of this approaching date will be sent out).