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The 3rd Cape Breton Fall Colours all inclusive weekend photography tour, Oct. 13-15, 2017

Brian Merry

Friday, 13 October 2017 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, 15 October 2017 at 6:00 PM (ADT)

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The 3rd Cape Breton Fall Colours Landscape Photography Tour - 2017 Edition 

Lead by:  Brian Merry

What's included:  All meals, accommodation, Whale Cruise fees, guiding,...

Transportation:  By shared vehcles 

Cost:   $795+gst 


 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.  Discount needs to be claimed before October 1st to allow time for processing.  

Let me show you my home where I grew up, Nova Scotia, and where my family still lives.        


Tour Details:

Have you ever wanted to photograph the mountains of Cape Breton Island during the peak of the beautiful fall colours in an all inclusive, small, personable group photo tour?  This is your chance. 

Join established photographer, writer, and photo tour operator, Brian Merry, as he shows you the best of the largest mountains on Cape Breton Island during the usual peak of the fall colours.   Sit back, pull out your camera/tripod and enjoy the beautiful locations we’ll visit on our tour of Cape Breton Island during the usual peak of the fall colours.  The timing of the fall colours is not guaranteed, but this is the usual peak of colour of the maple trees on the Cabot Trail.

We’ll base ourselves at the busy little fishing village of Cheticamp just 10 kilometers from the famous Cape Breton Highlands National Park, 5 km from the beautiful sandy beach of La Paige Saint Pierrie and 3 km from the launching point for the 2.5 hour ocean cruise we've booked for you on the tour to photogrph whales, seabirds and the landscapes from the unique prespective in a boat out at sea!  This tour is amazing.  I'm sure of it!

The beautiful little motel where we will be our base otherselves is run by my immediate family.  We'll be dining in the motel dining room, having slide show presentations at night for added landscape photography training and have our meals catered.  Cheticamp is the perfect place for the tour surrounded by World Class landscape and oceanscape photography locations.  

Some of the locations we'll visit during the tour are only know by locals, I promise you that.  The locations I've scouted out for the tour are the same beautiful little spots I've known about all of my life!  Cheticamp is the perfect place to base yourself for a tour to photograph the beautiful landscapes and oceanscapes of Cape Breton Island by land and sea.  All meals and accommodations are included.  Transportation is by shared vehicles.

You can reach Brian at, or toll free at 1-855-763-1114, if you'd like to talk about the tour.



Day 1: Oct. 13, 2017

We’ll meet at 4:30pm at The Cheticamp Motel on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, for introductions, refreshments and finger food before we head out and shoot the sunset.  After the sunset we’ll head back to the restaurant at the motel for more detailed introductions, dinner and a presentation of the itinerary followed by a Q&A session to provide context and inspiration for the coming days.


Day 2:  Oct. 14, 2017

We’ll start with an early breakfast at the restaurant on site and then with our packed lunches we’ll be off to a sunrise photography session followed by a tour of Western Cape Breton along the Cabot Trial travelling north to some of the best scenery the Cabot Trial has to offer.  We’ll be stopping at classic locations photographing from various vantage points during the day, some of them only locals know about. 

We’ll shoot sunset again close to Cheticamp and head back for dinner before a landscape photography presentation and a photo critique of what you’ve photographed so far this weekend.  I’ll finish off with a presentation of my photography workflow in the computer.  I’ll demonstarte my workflow as I edit a few photographs.


Day 3:  Oct. 15, 2017

We’ll start the day with breakfast before sunrise and head out to shoot the sunrise once again utilizing the techniques presented in the presentation on Day 2.   We’ll head back to the motel for check out and then we'll leave for a cruise up the coast of western Cape Breton in a chartered commercial whale watching boat tour to experience the beautiful fall colours and seabirds from the ocean.*  This is a perspective most visiting photographers don’t often enjoy.  This is also the time when fisherman are usually fishing the fall run of Mackerel with hand lines.  It’s possible we’ll have the opportunity to photograph fisherman plying their craft from a perspective approximately 50m away with numerous seabirds flocking around the fishing boats while the fishermen work.  This can provide us a very unique vantage point of commercial fishing.  

After our coastal ocean cruise we’ll leave Cheticamp and head south and photograph the famous Margaree Valley in late afternoon light.  



It's recommended to fly into the Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) and rent a car that you reserved there ahead of time.  Cheticamp is a 4 hour drive from the airport through the spectacular countryside of Nova Scotia.  

From the Halifax International Airport drive to highway 102, exiting the airport grounds.  Turn right onto hwy 102 and travel North to Truro, NS.  When hwy 102 ends 4 kms past Truro turn right, East, onto hwy 104 and drive to Cape Breton Island.  Once accross the causeway onto Cape Breton Island in Port Hastings head west (left) along the shoreline traveling on route 19 all the way to Cheticamp.  The scenery along this road is beautiful.  Enjoy it!


Extending your trip:

You may want to arrive a few days earlier and photograph some of the beautiful landscapes on the mainland of Nova Scotia while basing yourself out of Halifax.  Spectacular landscapes within an hour drive of the city 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 light.  I recommend being there for a sunrise while you're in Halifax.  You may also want to visit the Minas Basin, Annapolis Valley, the Eastern Shore, Prospect Cove and the Shubinacadie River Valley.  The maple trees turn to their fall colours around Halifax about a week before they do in Cape Breton.  If you're going to extend your trip you should do it before the tour starts as opposed to after the tour.  You won't be disappointed if you do.


Do you have any questions?

Call me toll free at 1-855-763-1114


*  The whale cruise boat tour is weather dependant and the Captain of the boat will decide when, where and if the boat will set sail.  Your safety and comfort is the primary goal of the whale cruise.  If the Captain decides that the cruise is a "no go" then we'll spend that time photographing addition landscape photography locations instead.  

Have questions about The 3rd Cape Breton Fall Colours all inclusive weekend photography tour, Oct. 13-15, 2017? Contact Brian Merry

When & Where

The Cheticamp Motel/Brian Merry Photography
14764 Cabot Trail
Cheticamp, NS B0E1H0

Friday, 13 October 2017 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, 15 October 2017 at 6:00 PM (ADT)

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Brian Merry

     Brian Merry is originally from the beautiful province of Nova Scotia and now lives and works as a photographer in spectacular Banff, Alberta.  He moved to Banff after graduating from Acadia University earning a BSc. with honours in biology in 1996 and has been living in the Canadian Rockies ever since.  He started in landscape photography in 1989 in Nova Scotia after getting his first film SLR camera for Christmas from his parents and he hasn't looked back since.  

     Brian is a published writer/photographer in Outdoor Photography Canada with a feature article, Kootaney Mountain Culture Magazine and he's been published on numerous reputable blogs writing about the relationship between composition, landscape photography, wildlife photography and achieving emotional communication through your photographs.  

     Brian has been a professional photographer since 1997 and has been leading tours and workshops since 2009.  He is the president of the International Landscape Photographers' Association, ILPA, and he continues to travel, photograph and write while developing new tours and workshops across Canada, around the World.  He does all of this while trying hard to be a good husband!

     One of the other events produced by ILPA is the annual Landscape Photography Summit.  The annual ILPA Landscape Photgraphy Summit attracts leading North American professional outdoor photographers to come to Banff and present at the ILPA SUMMIT to you.  

     Brian is an accredited nature photographer with the Profesional Photographers of Canada and holds a BSc. with honours in Biology from Acadia University.  He worked as a lab instructor for various courses while concurrently earning his deggree.  He's a past associate instructor at Lakeland College at their fire fighting school in Vermillion, Alberta.  Teaching, photography and traveling are two of his greatest passions in life.


     You can learn more about Brian and see some of his work on his website, at or you can call him toll free at 1-855-763-1114.

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