Day One – October 24, 2021
You arrive in Toronto and use the complimentary shuttle to our hotel in Burlington, Ontario. That night we will gather for a group dinner (included) and discuss the week’s itinerary and locations. After dinner, we head to the waterfront in Toronto to shoot the Toronto skyline from the Golden hour into darkness.
Day Two – October 25, 2021
We will visit the Raptor Conservancy, and you will spend the morning photographing a variety of raptors in flight. The falconers will pose them in natural settings. Species list can include any of the following birds; Harris’sHarris’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, and Bald Eagle. Additional species on a perch include Swainson’s Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, and Aplomado Falcon.
We have hired a falconer to fly and display his birds for our cameras. He is well versed in the desires of wildlife photographers. He does a great job placing the birds on natural-looking, ecologically correct perches.
In the afternoon, we will drive towards our first half-day session at the Waterfall Capital of the World. Hamilton is home to over 100 beautiful waterfalls, which is how it got the title of Waterfall Capital of the World. Most of the waterfalls/cascades are located on, or near, the Bruce Trail. The Niagara Escarpment, which the Bruce Trail winds through, is equipped with the perfect ecological conditions for natural waterfalls.
Day Three – October 26, 2021
We start the day along the shores of Lake Ontario at one of our favorite locations, the 50 Point Conservation Area, and an area of broken piers along the bank of Lake Ontario. Once the sweet morning light fades, we head back for more waterfall photography.
In the afternoon, we will visit a 100-acre junkyard that spans the property of a nearby farm. Over 3000 vehicles in various states of decay line the cedar forests and rolling fields of this photographer’s paradise. Imagine cars as old as Edsels all the way to 1990 era vehicles and heavy equipment entangled in fall color, vines, and even some with trees growing out of the engine compartment!
Days Four Five and Six – October 27-29, 2021
It’s time to change gears and head north towards Canada’s most iconic fall color areas, Haliburton and Muskoka. From the afternoon of day four into the night of day six, we will be solely focused on the fall colors that surround hundreds of lakes, waterfalls, and streams in Ontario.
Fall is a spectacular time to visit this area. Thousands of visitors flock to Ontario for outstanding fall color viewing opportunities. But there are many things to see and do, including songbirds, foxes, and moose. The moose will be in the rut, making them more dangerous and more accessible for photographers as they are often close to the road.
The spectacular colors of the Sugar and Red Maples are on display from mid-September to mid to late October. It is hard to determine the exact peak of fall color (global warming, etc.). The middle of October is traditionally the peak time for the Sugar Maple canopy. The Aspens, Tamaracks, and Red Oaks should be in their full technicolor glory.
Day Seven – October 30, 2021
It’s our last morning, and we’ll be up early to catch a sunrise along a lake that has fall color along the shoreline. After our morning’s photography, we will return to the hotel and check out.
We’ll drive you to the Toronto airport around 11am and drop you off at your hotel or airport will be about 3 pm. You can schedule your flights home no earlier than 5 pm on October 30, 2016.