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The 7th Cape Breton Fall Colours weekend photo tour around the Cabot Trail

Brian Merry

Friday, 18 October 2019 at 3:30 PM - Sunday, 20 October 2019 at 4:30 PM (ADT)

The 7th Cape Breton Fall Colours weekend photo tour...

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Cape Breton Fall Colours Tour: Single Occupancy Rooms   more info 18 Oct 2019 $995.00 $0.00 $49.75
Cape Breton Fall Colours Tour: Shared room   more info 18 Oct 2019 $895.00 $0.00 $44.75

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The 7th Cape Breton Fall Colours

Landscape Photography Tour - 2019 Edition

A Photo Tour Around the Cabot Trail! 

Number of Guests:  6

Start:  Oct. 18, 2018, 3:30pm at "The Red Barn," 10kms South of Baddeck (see map)

End:  Oct. 20, 2018, 4:30pm at "The Red Barn" (the same place where we started)

Lead by:  Brian Merry

What's included:  All meals, accomodation, Parks Canada day use premits, transportation and guiding

Transportation:  Group transportation is included.  Travelling together in a tour van and having good conversations along the way is an excellect recipe to maximize your tour experience!  

Cost:    $895 shared rooms, $995 private rooms

ILPA Discount:  Members of the International landscape Photographers' association will receive a **$200 refund** on their registration.  Contact me after registering and I'll refund you $200 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 and where my family still lives.        

Tour Details:

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

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 maple tree 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 around The Cabot Trail in Northwestern Cape Breton Island.

This is a travelling landscape photography tour.  After the first day of the tour we’ll be staying at the Warm and cozy Chanterelle Inn and Cottages, located on the East branch of the Circlar Cabot Trail.  Then, on the second day we'll tarvel to Cheticamp for our second night at The Cheticamp Motel and Restaurant.  And finally, on the last day we'll end at The Red Barn, where we started two days earlier.


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.  I'm happy to talk about it.  I love outdoor photography and Cape Breton Island.



Day 1: Oct. 18, 2019

We’ll meet at 3:30pm at the start/end of the Cabot Trail at the "Red Barn Gift Shop and Restaurant."  The Red Barn is located at the insection where the Cabot Trails starts and finishes.  After we sign the pre-tour paperwork, the wiavers, we'll drive North photographing our way to our Home for the for the night, Chanterelle Inn and Cottages.  We'll phootgraph 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 2:  Oct. 19, 2018

We’ll start with sunrise close to the Inn followed with breakfast in their stylish restaurant on site.  After breakfast we’ll be off touring up Atlantic Ocean side of the Cabot Trail stopping frequently for photographs.  As we drive counter clockwise around the Cabot Trail we'll be photographing beatiful waterfalls, mountains, coastline and of course, the brilliant Fall colours that the Cabot Trail is Famous for!   We’ll be photographing the classic landscape locations of Cape Breton Island throughout the day.  Some of the best locations on the trail are only known by locals.  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.

We’ll check into the Cheticamp Motel late in the afternoon and then shoot the sunset close to Cheticamp.  After Sunset we'll head back for dinner and then part 2 of the landscape photography presentation.  

Day 3:  Oct. 20, 2018

We’ll start the day early with tea/coffee/juice and muffins before heading out for a sunrise photography session on a beautiful local sandy beach.  By now we'll be utilizing some of the techniques presented to you during the landscape photography presentations that you saw over the past two days.   After Sunrise we’ll head back to the motel for breakfast and check out.  

We'll depart Cheticamp and head South after breakfast continuing our journey around the Cabot Trail.  Today we'll be photographing the rugged Acadian shoreline and the famous Margaree River Valley.  Late in the afternoon we'll return back to our starting point at "The Red Barn," completing our circular tour of Cabot Trail.  This is where we'll pick up your cars and say our warm goodbyes.

I love Cape Breton Island.  I'm going to enjoy showing it to you from a professional outdoor photographer's perspective.  


*  Intinerary is weather dependant and may change due to weather conditions and/or 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 weather/industry conditions. 



If travelling 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.  Allow extra time for photographs during your drive to Baddeck.

From the Halifax International Airport exit the airport and drive to highway 102.  Turn right onto hwy 102 and travel north to Truro, NS.  When hwy 102 ends 4 kms past Truro turn right, heading East, onto hwy 104 and drive to Cape Breton Island.  Once accross the causeway and onto Cape Breton Island in Port Hastings comtinue on the Trans Canada Highway 105 North Towards Sydney, NS.  In about 45 miuntes you'll be at the start of the Cabot trail, and the tour.  WE'll meet at The "Red Barn  For those of you planning to arrive a day earlier I reccommend renting a motel room in Baddeck overnight.  Baddeck is about 10kms from the start/end of thew Cabot Trail.  


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 landscape 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.  Around Halifax he maple trees turn to their fall colours about a week before they do in Cape Breton.  If you're going to extend your trip to explore around Halifax then 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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Red Barn Gift Shop and Restaurant
2 Cabot Trail
Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0

Friday, 18 October 2019 at 3:30 PM - Sunday, 20 October 2019 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 that fateful day.  

     Brian is a published writer/photographer in;  Outdoor Photography Canada with a feature article, Kootaney Mountain Culture Magazine, multiple articles in the Canadian Alpine Journal.  He's also been published in numerous reputable blogs writing about the relationship between composition, landscape photography, wildlife photography and achieving emotional communication through your photographs.  His own blog is ranked in the top 5 outdoor photography blogs in Canada.  Brian is also the publisher and editor of the ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography Weekly newsletter.  You can read the ILPA weekly newsletter by clicking on the blue link.

     Brian professional photographer career since 1997 and has focused primarily on leading tours and workshops.  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 honours biology degree.  Brian is a certified NFPA professional instructor with 5 years of professional teaching experience at Lakeland College in their professional fire fighting program in Vermillion, Alberta.  Brian also leads the organizational and production teams hosting the ILPA Landscap Photography Summit, Canada's first, and still only pure ourdoor photography conferenc.  Finally, he's also been leading and 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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