Victoria – Gardens of Spring - With Ireena Worthy and Sally Halvorsen

Sunken garden - butchart gardens

Sunken garden - butchart gardens

Seminar Leader: Ireena Worthy

April 28 – May 1, 2017

$375.00 CDN


As the capital of British Columbia, Victoria provides a plethora of photographic opportunities. With over on billion flowers counted during the first week of March, 2014, the spring season begins early and blooms extensively in the city of gardens. The Gardens of Spring Workshop focuses on Gardenscapes, Landscapes, Cityscapes and Nightscapes with Macro/Closeup instruction provided by photographer Sally Halvorsen.

Garden photography highlights include: Butchart Gardens National Historic site, the urban space of Beacon Hill Park, the delicate beauty of Abkhazi Gardens, the charming gardens at BC’s Government House and one of Canada's best collections of rhododendrons on display at Finnerty Gardens.

As the Pacific Northwest’s oldest city, Victoria’s 19th century architecture, Chinatown (the oldest in Canada), Fisherman’s Wharf and bustling harbour provide unique photographic opportunities.

As a grand finale, a walk through downtown Victoria as it lights up, photographing it’s beautiful harbour at the blue hour as well as the Empress hotel, the British Columbia Legislature building, and the inner harbour garden walkway.


Jasper, Alberta – Autumn In Jasper – with David Cobb

Misty Morning Light - Pyramid Lake

Seminar Leaders: David Cobb and Ireena Worthy

September 27 – 30, 2017

$650.00 USD Filled

$50.00 discount for returning Northern Straits Workshop Participants

Jasper National Park’s glistening glaciers, rich wildlife, crystal-clear lakes, immense waterfalls, and deep canyons — all surrounded by towering mountains — are some of the reasons the park is one of the most photogenic places in the world.

The fall in Jasper brings beautiful autumn colours, misty mornings, clear skies, and viewing of some of North America’s interesting animals, including grizzly bears, moose, caribou, bighorn sheep.

We will take you to exceptional locations for landscape photography, wildlife viewing, and nature walks, including a special photography boat trip to Spirit Island.


Banff/Kananaskis Alberta - Autumn in Banff Workshop – With David Cobb

Morning Drama - Lake Louise

Morning Drama - Lake Louise

Seminar Leader: David Cobb

September 23 - 26, 2017

$550.00 USD Filled

$50.00 discount for returning Northern Straits Workshop Participants

Banff in autumn is a photographer’s paradise—there is no shortage of dazzling scenic vistas.

Picturesque emerald green lakes laced with red, yellow and gold shrubs reflect glistening glaciers and snow-capped peaks. Groves of Larch and Aspen create checkerboard patterns of green and gold that add colour to the granite mountain slopes. Scenic meadows of deep gold, red and burgundy frame the meandering Bow River Valley and it’s abundant wildlife.

From Bow Lake to Wedge Pond, the “Autumn in Banff” workshop takes you to Canada's first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and to the best that the Canadian Rockies has to offer. 

Victoria – Gardens of Autumn and Macro Photography - With Sally Halvorsen and Ireena Worthy

Japanese colour - butchart gardens

Japanese colour - butchart gardens

Seminar Leaders: Ireena Worthy & Sally Halvorsen

October 13 – 16, 2017

$375.00 CDN Filled

The brilliant colours of fall hint at the vibrancy of the autumn season in Victoria. The Gardens of Autumn Workshop focuses on Gardenscapes, Landscapes,  and Macro/Closeup photography with expert instruction provided by Sally Halvorsen.

Autumn Garden photography highlights focus on the Japanese inspired gardens at Butchart Gardens National Historic site, Hatley Park National Historic Site, Horticultural Center of the Pacific and a stop at Victoria’s Butterfly Gardens.

As the Pacific Northwest’s oldest city, Victoria’s 19th century architecture, the fall colours of the Empress hotel, the ivy covered Hatley Park Castle, Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site the fountains and lights of the British Columbia Legislature, and Canada’s First Nations architecture provide wonderful photographic images. Classroom sessions will be focused on garden and macro photography.