Fall / Autumn Photography Tours

Sunday, 18th September 2016 to Saturday, 24th September 2016

Join your host for this popular fall / autumn photography tour. Come and enjoy the many splendours of Bighorn Country and the central parts of Banff and Jasper National Parks during our fall colour season.

Discover and capture some of the most rewarding fall colour, scenery and natural attractions found in the Rocky Mountains. Most days, we will be touring in the front or main ranges, including diverse scenery such as Kootenay Plains, aspen forests, alpine meadows, canyons, creeks, waterfalls, reflecting ponds, glaciers and more. Wildlife and close-up subjects are additional rewards.

Please note that these are tours (not workshops) for like-minded nature lovers / photographers to go out together and discover the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in a small group, with all our time spent picture taking and exploring. There will be ample opportunity to share experiences and techniques with other participants and Alan will be around to answer your questions and help you with your composition or image taking approach.  

Tours are intense and you must be fit
to hike for one or two hours on some days with your gear, at high elevations and in rugged terrain (involving some scrambling on steep gravel slopes along rivers, lakes and canyons).

For images from last years fall tour check out our And Lately section.


Tours are not beginner's tours but are geared towards intermediate to advanced nature photographers who are familiar with their equipment and basic photographic technique, but do not wish to venture out on their own, or prefer to rely on the area knowledge of a local guide.

Any media (digital or film) or format are acceptable. Anyone looking for personal advice about composition or technique can learn from the instructors and some of the more experienced participants. Sharing ideas by looking at other participants' approaches is one of the benefits pointed out in our past events. 

Rather than guaranteeing certain locations and visiting the "icons of the Rockies", the choice of where to go each day is agreed between the organisers and participants on a daily basis, taking into account local weather, subject availability, lighting, trail conditions and participant interests.  We will be out and about by 6 am and will return to the lodge for an early or late supper in order to capture the best light at dawn and dusk. In other words, expect to spend maximum time in the field!

Package includes:

  • six nights accommodation at Aurum Lodge, single occupancy,
  • all dinners, breakfasts, packed lunches, beverages and snacks included, as well as 4% tourism levy and tour participation fees,
  • excursions in the area (car pooling with own vehicles),
  • price C$ 2,349 per person + GST (5%) single occupancy, C$ 2,049 per person + GST shared occupancy
  • maximum five to six persons in case of two guides / instructors; limited to four participants in case of only one guide
  • Some evenings, there will be time to discuss the interests of the participants who are encouraged to bring along a portfolio of their own work to share with the others (slides, digital or prints), and time permitting, we plan for some review sessions of shots taken during the tours.

For more information, to reserve your spot or to be placed on a wait list, contact Aurum Lodge. Deposit requirements are 1/3 at the time of reservation. Three months before the tour, deposit is to be increased to 2/3 with the remaining 1/3 due at the start of the tour.

Minimum cancellation fee is C$ 300, which increases to 50% of the tour price three months before the start of the tour.