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Nova Scotia Fall Colors Tour Revived


It has been a year since the world-wide battle with Covid 19 began. The battle is not yet over, but with luck, diligence and the vaccines on the way, we are perhaps beginning to see a light at the end of this long tunnel. Will life have returned to the ‘new normal’ before the end of 2021? It is difficult to be optimistic just yet, but we can be hopeful.


And with that in mind, we have revived the itinerary for the Nova Scotia Fall Colors photo tour. This tour was planned for the fall of 2020 but of course, like much else, it had to be postponed. Will we be able to go this coming fall? Perhaps not yet, but if we can, we are ready!


Below you will find a summary of the itinerary (the detailed version is available on request). Here is how we’re going to do this:


We are making an ‘I Wanna Go’ list. We’ll hold a place for you on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. If we can make a ‘Go’ decision, we will be contacting everyone on the list starting at #1 and continuing until the tour is full (10 people). A firm ‘Yay or Nay’ from you will be needed at that time. PLEASE NOTE! The safety and well-being of everyone is first and foremost! If we cannot satisfy ourselves 100% that we can run this tour safely, we will postpone to a future date.


Because it’s not certain we’ll be able to go this year, we have waived the deposit requirement. We will make that go/no go decision at the end of June, 2021. If it’s a go the full amount plus tax will be due.


So, have a look at the itinerary – it’s not much changed from last year, and let us know if you would like to be added to the list. We would love to have you along!



VG PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS PRESENTS

FALL COLORS,

NOVA SCOTIA 2020!

A PHOTO TOUR IN THREE ACTS

Join us as we explore and photograph from Halifax to Sydney and points in between for fourteen days with professional photographer and instructor Barry Giles

September 18 to October 3, 2021

Minimum 8, Maximum 10 people plus 2 leaders


ITINERARY

ACT ONE;

Sep. 18 (D) (Sat): Arrive in Halifax and settle into our accommodation ay the Travelodge Suites. A Meet and Greet is scheduled for this evening.


Sep. 19 (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. 20 (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. 21 (B,L) (Tue): Today we make our way to Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sep. 22 (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!


ACT TWO;

Sep. 23 (B,L) (Thu): Today we transfer our base to Lauries Inn, Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island.

Sep. 24 (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. 25 (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. 26 (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. 27 (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.

ACT THREE (Option #1);

Currently (Mid-Feb., 2021), neither Air Canada nor WestJet are flying out of Sydney. We hope that situation will change by the fall, and that schedules will be available by the end of June 2021. If it does, what follows will be our itinerary for the last 5 days. Should the situation be unchanged, we have drawn up an optional itinerary, option #2 below.

Sep. 28 (B,L) (Tue): Today we move our base to the Travelodge Suites, Sydney.


Sep. 29 (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.


Sep. 30 (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 ops. both within the site and along the shoreline nearby are plentiful.


Oct. 1 (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 ops. 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. 2 (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. 3. 28 (B) (Sun): Today we part ways, fly home, or extend your stay to continue exploring the province on your own.


ACT THREE (Option #2);

In the event that the airlines have not reinstated flights out of Sydney, we have drawn up an optional itinerary that will see us driving back to Halifax:

Sep. 28 (B,L) (Tue): Today we move our base to the Travelodge Suites, Sydney!


Sep. 29 (B,L) (Wed): 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 ops. both within the site and along the shoreline nearby are plentiful.


Sep. 30 (B,L) (Thu): 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 ops. 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. 1 (B,L) (Fri): 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. 2 (B,L) (Sat): Today we make the drive back to Halifax.


Oct. 3. 28 (B) (Sun): Today we part ways, fly home, or extend your stay to continue exploring the province on your own.


ITINERARY NOTES:

  • PLEASE NOTE! This tour may start in Halifax/Dartmouth and end in Sydney, however that will be dependent on flights out of Sydney being available. We will monitor flight schedules and make a decision with plenty of time for you to book the appropriate flights. PLEASE DO NOT BOOK FLIGHTS UNTIL A DECISION HAS BEEN FINALIZED!

  • 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 ops 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.


ASSUMPTION OF RISK:

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 $3,699.00 plus GST per person

Single Occupancy CAD $4,659.00 plus GST per person


  • Due to the uncertainty of being able to do this tour this year, we have waived the deposit requirement. We will make a final go/no go decision no later than June 30, 2021. At that time, the full amount plus tax will be payable. To reserve your spot, please contact Frank. Spots will be held on a ‘first come’ first serve’ basis. We will be contacting the persons on the list in order starting the 1st week of July. A firm ‘Yay or Nay’, plus your full payment will be required at that time.

  • The total price of $3,699.00 (double) or $4,659.00 (single) plus tax is due no later than July 9, 2021.

  • This amount is non-refundable.

  • This tour requires a minimum number to proceed. If that minimum is not filled by July 16, 2021 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.

· Entrance fees for the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

· 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.

· All meals and drinks not included above

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

· Gratuities


QUESTIONS? Please contact; Frank Vandeven, 403-807-2529, [email protected],

Barry Giles, [email protected]


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