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Kings of the North: Grizzly Bears

Sept. 15-22, 2018


 Jim Zuckerman Botswana Tour 2013


This trip offers an unsurpassed opportunity to photograph the 'Kings of the North' -- wild grizzly bears -- in a beautiful, remote location as these predators feed on salmon, as they interact with each other in the river, and as they stare into your telephoto lens. The bears are in their prime with thick coats and large bellies as they prepare for winter, and at this time of year the sun is fairly low in the sky which provides stunning low angled light. You'll be shooting from land as well as a boat on the river, and fall colors can see as a backdrop to the grizzlies.  The lodge we use is in the heart of grizzly territory, and we don't have to go far to see and experience this incomparable wildlife encounter.  The staging area is British Columbia, Canada, and you fly into and out of Williams Lake airport.



Day 1, Sept. 15, Saturday.  Fly to Vancouver, Canada and then take a connecting flight to Williams Lake airport (YWL), Canada.  Our group will then be transferred by van and we'll drive along the scenic highway 20 west to the Tatla Lake area, stopping along the way for photo opportunities of possibly white-tailed deer or bald eagles.  We arrive at beautiful Eagle Lake Lodge where you'll have a stunning view of the Niut Mountain Range. Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation of the workshop.  Overnight Eagle Bear Lodge.

Days 2 - 6, Sept. 16 - 20, Sunday - Thursday.  After breakfast we drive through the Chilicotin Range to the Chilko River area, stopping along the way for more photo opportunities.  We reach our next destination where we will have our first encounters with grizzly bears, and we will photograph them from land and from a boat on the Chilko River.  See the bears eating salmon, and witness how each bear has a unique technique in catching the fish. For the next several days you will have unparalleled encounters with spectacular bears in their natural habitat gorging on food to keep them in good health during their winter hibernation. Overnight at the Chilko Lake River Lodge.

Day 7, Sept. 21, Friday.  After breakfast we drive back through the wilderness to Eagle Lake, stopping for more photo opportunities on the way:  landscapes, birds, mammals, fall colors. Overnight Bear Lodge.

Day 8, Sept. 22, Saturday.  We return this morning to the Williams Lake Airport for our flight home, knowing that we've had a remarkable encounter with grizzly bears and taken spectacular images. 

A typical day of shooting will look like this:

-- Early breakfast and out on the river by 8:30am (when it gets light enough to shoot)

-- Drift and photograph for about three hours, then have lunch in the lodge

-- Break to process images or have some Photoshop instruction after lunch

-- Back out on the river at about 3:30pm and shoot until dusk

-- Return to the lodge for dinner


Maximum number of participants:  6


Cost of workshop:  $5495.  Includes all accommodations on a double occupancy basis, all transportation including pickup and drop off at the Williams Lake airport, all meals while at the lodges, local guide, expert photo instruction and guidance.

Not included:  International and domestic airfare to Williams Lake, British Columbia, meals outside of lodge dates, alcoholic beverages, personal gifts, items of a personal nature, tips for staff guides and camp staff, optional excursions such as helicopter flight over glacier, hikes to see a glacier, fishing, and river rafting (prices for these additional activities available on request).