The 13th Cape Breton Fall Colours Tour - 2023

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The 13th Cape Breton Fall Colours Tour - 2023

Photograph the Cabot Trail during the usual peak of the Fall colors!

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Inverary Resort 368 Shore Road Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0 Canada

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Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

  • 2 days 21 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Start: Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023 7:00pm at the Inverary Resort in Baddeck, NS

End: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, ~4:30pm at the Inverary Resort

Cost: $1195 shared rooms, $1395 private rooms

# of guests: Only 5 guests on the tour!

Lead by: Brian Merry

What's included:

  • 3 nights of accommodation
  • 5 meals (Fri-Sat - B, L, S, Sun - B, L)
  • group transportation
  • field instruction/photography guiding/1on 1 tutoring as required
  • 2 evening presentations
  • Parks Canada visitor passes

Transportation: Group transportation is included. Traveling in your own vehicle behind the lead tour vehicle is >>not permitted<< for safety reasons and insurance restrictions. Besides, traveling together in the same vehicle helps to create a fun and social environment. See the 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, 2023.

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

*** Never forget who you are, and never forget where you come from! ***

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 sized landscape photography tour!

Join established photographer and award winning 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 are 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 traveling 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 third night of the tour we'll stay on the West side of the Island in Cheticamp, where my extended family still lives... all 270+ of them. I'm not kidding either! Finally, on the last day of the tour we'll end off in Baddeck back at The Inverary Resort.

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

** COVID-19 Note: If the pandemic continues to impact travel, and social distancing measures are still an issue by September 1, 2023, 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.

*** 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.

How to Find the Start of the Tour:

If traveling from away, I recommend that you fly into Halifax International Airport and rent a car that you reserved ahead of time. Baddeck is a 3.5 hour drive from the airport through the spectacular countryside of Nova Scotia on major highways. Consider adding a bit extra time to photograph along the way 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 the 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 traveling 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 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 coincide with the Fall colors around Halifax.