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The 5th Cape Breton Fall Colours all inclusive weekend photography tour

Brian Merry

Friday, 12 October 2018 at 4:30 PM - Sunday, 14 October 2018 at 4:30 PM (ADT)

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee GST/HST Quantity
Early Bird Registration ($200 savings)   more info 3 Tickets 1 Aug 2018 $795.00 $45.45 $42.02
Cape Breton Fall Colours Tour   more info 4 Tickets Not Started $995.00 $50.45 $52.27
NON refundable retainer   more info 4 Tickets 12 Oct 2018 $400.00 $29.05 $21.45

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The 5th Cape Breton Fall Colours Landscape Photography Tour - 2018 Edition


Number of Guests:  6

When:  Oct. 12, 2018, 4:30pm to Oct. 14, 2018, 4:30pm

Lead by:  Brian Merry

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

Transportation:  By shared vehicles.

Cost:   Earlybird $795;  Regular rate $995

Shared Accommodation Discount: $50.00/person refund on their registration

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 need 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 extended 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 gauranteed, but the 3rd week of October is the usual peak of colour of the maple trees on The Cabot Trail.

We’ll base ourselves in the busy little fishing village of Cheticamp located 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.  

The beautiful little motel where we will base ourselves is run by my immediate family.  We'll be dining in the attached dining room, having slideshow presentations at night for added landscape photography training, and have our meals catered in an effort to not waste time ordering food and waiting for as you would in a regular restaurant.  

Cheticamp is the perfect location for a Fall colours tour of Cape Breton.  It's surrounded by World class landscape photography locations.  Some of the beautiful locations we'll visit 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 in which to base yourself to photograph the beautiful landscapes of Cape Breton Island.  All meals and accommodations are included.  Transportation is provided. 

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



Day 1: Oct. 12 2018

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 and dinner. There will be an outdoor photography presentation following dinner to provide some landscape photography instruction and inspiration for the weekend.

Day 2:  Oct. 13, 2018

We’ll start with sunrise close to the motel followed with breakfast at the restaurant on site.  After breakfast we’ll be off on a tour of Western Cape Breton along the Cabot Trial travelling north to some of the best scenery that the Cabot Trial has to offer.  We’ll be stopping at classic locations photographing from various vantage points during the day.  Some of the best locations are only known to locals.  I know of them because I spent much of my teenage years here growing up.

We’ll shoot sunset close to Cheticamp and head back for dinner before part 2 of the landscape photography presentation.  I’ll finish off with a presentation of my photography workflow in the computer.  I’ll demonstarte my workflow as I edit some photographs.

Day 3:  Oct. 14, 2018

We’ll start the last day with breakfast before sunrise and head out to shoot the sunrise utilizing the techniques presented in the landscape photography presentation.   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 perspective from the sea is a view that most visiting photographers don’t get to enjoy. 




This is also the time of year 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 fisherman plying their craft

If the captain of the whale cruise deems that the sea is too rough to go out them we'll be photographing additional landscapes throughout Cape Breton.  There is a planned route in place in the event that the whale cruise is canceled.  

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


*  Intinerary is weather dependant and may change due to weather conditions and/or any other extraneous conditions that may arise.  This flexibility is needed to ensure that I deliver the best tour possible to you given my experience in the area and the present industry conditions. 

**  The whale cruise boat tour is weather dependant and the Captain of the whale cruise 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.  


It's recommended to fly into Halifax International Airport and rent a car 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 towards Cape Breton, West, onto TCH hwy 104 and drive to Cape Breton Island.  Once accross the causeway onto Cape Breton Island in Port Hastings head travel west (left) along the shoreline traveling on route 19 all the way to Cheticamp.  The scenery along this road is beautiful so I do reccomend allowing for some extra time ot do some landscape photography on your own on the drive to Cheticamp.


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 these 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 visiting 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.


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

Friday, 12 October 2018 at 4:30 PM - Sunday, 14 October 2018 at 4:30 PM (ADT)

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Brian Merry

     Brian Merry is originally from the beautiful province of Nova Scotia and has been living and working as a professional photographer in spectacular Banff, Alberta for more than 20 years.  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 the 1980s 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 is also the publisher and editor of the ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography Weekly newsletter.  You can read, and sign up for the ILPA weekly newsletter here.

     Brian has been a professional photographer since 1997 and has been leading tours and workshops since 2009.  He is a Professional Apprentice Hiking Guide with the International Guide's Association and he is the president of the International Landscape Photographers' Association.  Brian continues to travel, photograph and write on all aspects of outdoor photography while developing new tours and workshops across Canada and in various countries around the World, including Japan.  He does all of this while trying hard to be a good husband!

Brian's Teaching Qualifications:

     Brian is the president of the International Landscape Phitographers' association, ILPA, and an accredited nature photographer with the Profesional Photographers of Canada.   He's also earned a BSc. with honours in Biology from Acadia University where he worked as a lab instructor for various biology courses while concurrently earning his degree.  Brian is a certified NFPA instructor with 5 years of professional teaching experience at Lakeland College at their fire fighting school in Vermillion, Alberta.  Brian has also been leading/teaching landscape photography workshops, tours and seminars since 2007.  Teaching and photography are two of his greatest passions in life, along with mountain and rock climbing.


     You can learn more about Brian and see some of his work on his website or you can call him at 1-403-763-1114.

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