The 10th Cape Breton Fall Colors photo tour around the Cabot Trail

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Inverary Resort

368 Shore Road

Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0


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The 10th Cape Breton Fall Colors Landscape Photography Tour - An all inclusive photo tour around The Cabot Trail!

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Start: Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, 7:30pm at the Inverary Resort in Baddeck, NS

End: Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, ~4:30pm at the Inverary Resort

Cost: $995 shared rooms, $1295 private rooms

Lead by: Brian Merry

What's included:

  • 3 nights of accommodation
  • meals (Fri-Sat - B, L, S, Sun - B, L)
  • group transportation
  • field instruction/photography guiding
  • 3 evening presentations
  • Parks Canada park passes

Transportation: Group transportation is included. Travelling together in the same vehicle helps to create a fun and social environment during the tour. See special note on COVID-19 below.

ILPA Discount: Members of the International landscape Photographers' association will receive a **$100 refund** on their registration. Contact me after registering and I'll refund you $100 after confirming your membership to ILPA. The ILPA Discount needs to be claimed before October 1, 2021.

Let me show you my home where I grew up and where my extended family still lives.

Tour Details:

Have you ever wanted to photograph the beautiful mountains around the famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island during the peak of the beautiful Fall colors? This is your chance to do just that on an all inclusive, personable and small group size landscape photography tour!

Join established photographer and photo tour operator, Brian Merry, as he shows you some of the most photogenic landscapes that Cape Breton Island has to offer. Sit back, enjoy the scenery and pull out your camera to enjoy the beautiful locations that we’ll visit during our tour around the Cabot Trail. The timing of the Fall colors is not guaranteed, but around the 3rd week of October is the usual peak of the colors on the maple trees around The Cabot Trail in Northwestern Cape Breton Island.

This is a travelling landscape photography tour. We'll stay the First night of the tour at the Inverary Resort located in Baddeck, the traditional start and end of the Cabot Trail. Then, on the Second night of the tour we'll stay at the cozy Chanterelle Inn and Cottages. On the last night of the tour we'll stay on the other side of the Island at The Cheticamp Motel. Finally, on the last day of the tour we'll end where we started at The Inverary Resort.

You can reach me at brian@bmerryphotography.com, or on my phone at 1-(403)-763-1114, if you'd like to talk with me more about the tour.


Day 1: Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

We’ll meet at the Inverary Resort in Baddeck, NS at 7:30 pm. Please check in to the hotel earlier to allow yourself enough time to settle in and prepare for the evening presentation. During the 1 hour introductory presentation I'll present the details of what you can expect during the tour.

Day 2: Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

We’ll drive North photographing our way to our Home for the for the night at the Chanterelle Inn and Cottages. We'll photograph the Sunset at a nearby location. Then, in the evening there will be an outdoor photography presentation following dinner to provide some landscape photography instruction and inspiration for the rest of the weekend.

Day 3: Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021

We’ll start our day photographing the sunrise close to our Inn followed by breakfast in the stylish restaurant on site. After breakfast we’ll set off touring up Atlantic Ocean side of the Cabot Trail stopping for photographs along the way. As we drive counter clockwise around the Cabot Trail we'll be photographing beautiful waterfalls, mountains, the coastline, and of course, the brilliant Fall colors that Cabot Breton is Famous for! We’ll be photographing the classic landscape locations locations of Cape Breton Island throughout the day as we round our way around the Northwestern Part of the Island. Some of the best locations on the trail are only known by locals, and I'm going to take you to some of them. I know of them because I spent much of my teenage years here growing up and exploring this end of Cape Breton in the Summer.

Saturday evening will be a special night as you get to know the proprietors of the The Cheticamp Motel, my parents Ethel and Franklin Merry! This night we're going to keep the tour "All in the Family!" We'll go to shoot the Sunset nearby after checking in into the Motel for the evening. Then, we'll head back for dinner and the last presentation which is designed to help you to perceive the World in a new light!

Day 4: Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021

We’ll start the day early with tea/coffee/juice and muffins before heading out for our last Sunrise photography session of the tour to a beautiful and local sandy beach. After Sunrise we’ll head back to the motel for breakfast.

We'll head South after checking out to continue our journey around the Cabot Trail. We'll be photographing the rugged Acadian shoreline and the famous Margaree River Valley today. Late in the afternoon we'll return back to our starting point at "The Red Barn" near Baddeck. This will complete our journey around NW Cape Breton Island on the Famous Cabot Trail. We'll photograph our way back to our vehicles at the Inverary Resort in Baddeck where the tour will end.

I love Cape Breton Island and you're going to see it's intimate side from the perspective from a professional outdoor photographer with decades of experience in the area.

* The itinerary is weather dependent and may change due to weather conditions and/or other extraneous conditions that may arise. This flexibility is needed to ensure that I host the best tour possible for you given my experience in the area and the weather/industry conditions during the tour. Venues listed for overnight accommodations may vary depending on varying industry/venue specific conditions.

** COVID-19 Note: If the corona virus continues to impact travel, and social distancing measures are still an issue by September 1, 2021, then the tour will be cancelled and 100% of your registration fee will be returned to you. If the tour is not cancelled then the registration fee is not refundable for any other reason.

How to Find the Start of the Tour:

If travelling from away, I recommend that you fly into Halifax International Airport and rent a car that you reserve ahead of time. Baddeck is a 3.5 hour drive from the airport through the spectacular countryside of Nova Scotia on major highways. Consider allowing for a bit extra time to photograph during your drive to Baddeck.

From the Halifax International Airport exit the airport and drive to highway 102. Turn right onto highway 102 and travel north to Truro, NS. When highway 102 ends 4 kms past Truro turn right, heading East, onto highway 104 and drive to Cape Breton Island. Once across the causeway and onto Cape Breton Island in Port Hastings, continue on Trans Canada Highway 105 North Towards Sydney, NS. About 50 minutes after driving onto Cape Breton you'll be at the start of the Cabot Trail. Drive 10 more Kilometers to the Inverary Resort in beautiful little town of Baddeck. You'll leave your vehicle at the Inverary Resort during the tour during the tour.

Extending your trip:

If you are travelling from outside of Atlantic Canada you may want to arrive a few days earlier to photograph some of the beautiful landscapes on the mainland of Nova Scotia while basing yourself out of Halifax. Many spectacular landscapes may be found within an hour drive of the city.

Some of the beautiful landscapes around Halifax include the world famous Peggy's Cove lighthouse, which is a mere 30 minute drive from Halifax. And, you can park 100 meters from the lighthouse. I recommend being there for a sunrise while you're visiting Halifax.

You may also want to visit the Minas Basin, Annapolis Valley, the Eastern Shore, Prospect Cove and photograph around the Shubenacadie River Valley. The abundant maple trees around Halifax start to turn into their Fall colors about a week before they do on NW Cape Breton Island where the Cabot Trail is located. If you're going to extend your trip to explore around Halifax then you should plan your stay there before the tour starts as opposed to after the tour to time your stay to coincide with the Fall colors around Halifax. You won't be disappointed if you do.

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Organizer Brian Merry

Organizer of The 10th Cape Breton Fall Colors photo tour around the Cabot Trail

Hello Everyone!

Let me tell you a bit about myself, the man behind the photography. I'm originally from the beautiful province of Nova Scotia and have been living and working as a professional photographer in spectacular Banff, Alberta for more than 25 years.  I moved to Banff after graduating from Acadia University earning a BSc. with honors in biology in 1996 and have been loving my choice of homes ever since.  I started in landscape photography in the late1980s in Nova Scotia after getting my first film SLR camera for Christmas from my parents. And, I haven't looked back since.  

I'm a published writer/photographer in Outdoor Photography Canada with a feature article, had photos publish in Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine and published in numerous reputable blogs writing about the relationship between composition, landscape photography, wildlife photography and achieving emotional communication through your photographs.  I'm also the publisher and editor of the ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography newsletter.  You can read, google the ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Monthly newsletter to read the most recent issue.

I have been a professional photographer since 1997 and leading tours and workshops since 2007.  I continue to travel, photograph and write on all aspects of outdoor photography while continuing to develop new tours and workshops across Canada and in various countries around the World, including Japan.  And, I do all of this while trying hard to be a good husband!

I've also won multiple awards from the Luxury Travel Awards and the International Travel and Hospitality Awards for the photography tours that I offer both in Western Canada and around the World.

Brian's Teaching Qualifications:

While earning my BSc. with honors in Biology from Acadia University I worked as a lab instructor for various biology courses while concurrently earning my honors degree.  I'm a certified NFPA instructor with 5 years of professional teaching experience at Lakeland College at their fire fighting school in Vermillion, Alberta.  I've also been teaching landscape photography workshops, tours and seminars since 2007.  Teaching and photography are two of my greatest passions in life, along with mountaineering and rock climbing.


You can learn more about me and see some of my work on my website.  Or, you can call me at 1-403-763-1114. I wish you all the best in your photography and travel passions!

Sincerely yours,

Brian Merry

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