September 20 - October 4


Fourteen days of photography and instruction in Nova Scotia with professional photography instructor

Barry Giles

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(Contact Us for the detailed itinerary)



Sep. 19 (D) (Sat):        Arrive in Halifax and settle into our accommodation at the Travelodge Suites. A Meet and Greet is scheduled for                                      this evening.


Sep. 20 (B,L) (Sun):    Today we stay in the immediate Halifax area. This morning we’ll visit the Citadel National Historic Site. After                                             lunch will be free time for souvenir shopping or to explore downtown Halifax on your own.


Sep. 21 (B,L) (Mon):   Be ready for an early start! Sunrise and the morning at Peggy’s Cove, then on to Prospect and the Terence Bay                                        Lighthouse.


Sep. 22 (B,L) (Tue):    Today we make our way to Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Sep. 23 (B,L) (Wed):   A driving tour; from our base in Halifax/Dartmouth to Martinique Beach Provincial Park and back to Halifax,                                            with plenty of photo opp. stops in between!



Sep. 24 (B,L) (Thu):    Today we transfer our base to Lauries Inn, Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island.


Sep. 25 (B,L) (Fri):     We start our exploration of the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Island National Park with a  “Waterfall day.” We have                                      found three that we know you will agree are very photogenic.


Sep. 26 (B,L) (Sat):     We continue our tour of the Cabot Trail with a drive to its most northerly point, Meat Cove. We have found three                                       photogenic stops along the way; Bog Loop, Lone Shieling and of course, Meat Cove.

Sep. 27 (B,L) (Sun):    Time to stretch our legs! The Skyline trail is an 8.2 km  loop, rated as easy, that ends with a dramatic headland                                       cliff overlooking the rugged coast.


Sep. 28 (B,L) (Mon):   In the AM; Le Buttereau Trail, an easy 1.6 km self-guiding trail. We’ll move on to Trout Brook for a picnic lunch,                                        followed by exploration of this area, including a section of Le vieux chemin du Cap-Rouge.



Sep. 29 (B,L) (Tue):    Today we move our base to the Travelodge Suites, Sydney!


Sep. 30 (B,L) (Wed):   This morning we’ll visit the Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College. After lunch, we will continue on a loop                                            down to Baddeck, then on through Whycocomagh, around the end of the lake to Grand Narrows, Pipers Cove                                            and highway 216 back to Sydney.


Oct. 1 (B,L) (Thu):     Today we visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. We plan on spending the whole day in and                                              around this area as the photo opps. both within the site and along the shoreline nearby are plentiful. 


Oct. 2 (B,L) (Fri):       A shoreline drive! We will depart Sydney after breakfast and head more or less north to the Atlantic coast. Our                                        drive will follow the coastline as we explore for photo opps. in and around places with some intriguing names:                                        Scotchtown and Lingen Bay, Glace Bay and the Big Glace Bay Lake Bird Sanctuary and Mira Gut.


Oct. 3 (B,L) (Sat):       We have already explored roughly two-thirds of the Trail, but we have not closed the loop. Today we will remedy                                     that with a drive to Margaree Harbour.


Oct. 4. 28 (B) (Sun):   Today we part ways, fly home, or extend your stay to continue exploring the province on your own.




  • PLEASE NOTE! This tour starts in Halifax/Dartmouth and ends in Sydney. When making your travel arrangements, you will arrive in Nova Scotia in Halifax (YHZ) and depart Nova Scotia from Sydney (YQY).

  • Weather is a big factor when it comes to photography and will play a part in what we do and when we do it. Be flexible!

  • Our tours may include hikes/walks of several kilometers, possibly over rough or uneven terrain. A certain level of physical fitness is required. If you are unsure, please contact us. 

  • Although not specifically included in the itinerary, evenings may include activities such as sunset photo opps or instructional photography workshops. Upon return to our accommodation, before we disperse for supper, we will have a quick (10-15 minute) informal get together to discuss what, where and when for the next day as well as any evening possibilities.

  • Our ground transportation will consist of 2 or more vehicles. We encourage participants to switch vehicles from day to day and will introduce a ‘lottery’ to determine which will be your vehicle for the day.


We want this tour to be not just fun, but also a learning experience. We want to help you become an even better photographer! There will be plenty of opportunity (if you wish it) for one-on-one time with Barry, our Professional Photography Instructor. Barry has over 35 years experience teaching photography skills at a college level; Scenic, Wildlife, Landscape, Action and Macro/Close-up. His vast knowledge of nature and natural history can be put to good use helping you identify what you’re seeing and photographing.



VG Photography Tours Ltd., its principals, tour guides and leaders assume no liability for personal injury or damage or loss to equipment or possessions. A 'Waiver Release and Assumption of Risk' must be completed in order to participate.


PRICING:      Double Occupancy                                         CAD    $3,599.00 plus GST per person

                     Single Occupancy                                          CAD    $4,559.00 plus GST per person


  • A deposit of $300.00 is due upon booking. To reserve your spot, please contact Frank. Spots will be held on a ‘first come’ first serve’ basis.

    • Deposit is 50% non-refundable. Balance of deposit is refundable up to June 30, 2020.

  • Balance of $3,299.00 (double) or $4,259.00 (single) plus tax is due no later than June 30, 2020.

    • This amount is non-refundable.

    • This tour requires a minimum number to proceed. If that minimum is not filled by June 30, 2020 and the tour is cancelled by the organizers, the full amount of any monies paid will be refunded.


To book, please contact Frank Vandeven, [email protected].



Included in price;

  • Accommodation

  • Ground transportation in Nova Scotia.

  • 14 days of photography with professional photographer and photography instructor Barry Giles.

  • 15 breakfasts

  • 14 lunches

  • Meet and Greet dinner

  • The camaraderie of like-minded individuals out to make fantastic photos!

Not included in price;

  • Air to/from Nova Scotia. NOTE; We will be flying into Halifax (YHZ) and departing from Sydney (YQY)

  • All meals and drinks not included above

  • Incidentals – misc. room charges, alcohol, any costs not specifically included above.

  • Gratuities

Frank: [email protected],

Barry: [email protected]



Private and Semi-Private Photography Tour/Instruction

All Times of Year
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All Types of Habitat

These tours can be booked individually or in small groups (2– 4 people) and will consist of photography outings/courses close to Calgary for 1 to 3 days. These outings can be custom designed for you and your group to cover a myriad of topics, from Landscape, Close -Up, Black and White, Urban landscape and the possibilities go on. If you or a group are interested please contact us with your ideas and dates and we will try to accommodate you. Pricing will depend on what, where, how long and how many.


Are you part of a photography club? We can customize tours and workshops in our area specifically for your club or for any group. As with our other tours, group size will be limited to ensure the best possible experience for all. Talk to us about Exploring the Rockies or The Badlands of Alberta.

We are living through difficult times… We at VG Photography Tours hope that you are managing and that all is well with you and your loved ones.


After sitting on the fence for the past two or three months, hoping that there might be a speedy recovery from this pandemic, we have decided there are still too many uncertainties around the possibilities of travel for the balance of this year and perhaps (unfortunately) even longer. We have therefore made the decision that the Nova Scotia Fall Colors photography tour scheduled for September 2020 is going to have to be postponed.


Please watch our website and Face Book page. It is our intention to offer the same tour for September 2021!


Frank & Barry,

VG Photography Tours