Only 4 spaces left!

Workshop Dates:
Starts 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Ends 3 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019

Mid-September is the ideal time to visit Algonquin Park. Historically, the sugar maples in the park have not yet reached peak colours, which means there's no "peak colour madness" on the roads and trails, but you should still see a bit of colour. This is also around the start of the moose rut (mating season), which improves your chances of photographing this majestic animal at its best. And we chose mid-week to give you more freedom to roam without the worry of weekend congestion.

What’s included?

Wednesday, September 18 – lunch, dinner & accommodations at The Mad Musher
Thursday, September 19 – breakfast (on the go), lunch, dinner & accommodations at The Mad Musher
Friday, September 20 – brunch at The Mad Musher
September 18 - 20 – guiding & photography instruction by professional photographer, Helen E. Grose ~ nature, landscapes & wildlife at The Mad Musher & in and around Algonquin Provincial Park

Park permits will be provided for use while on the workshop.

What's not included:
You are responsible for your own transportation (you will be carpooling during your outings in the park), fuel, photography gear, appropriate clothing, snacks, drinks (alcoholic drinks during meals, and drinks outside of meal times) and anything required for your personal comfort.

A full list of suggested gear and personal items will be provided with a loose itinerary after your deposit has been received.

All participants will be required to sign a waiver. Please also note that Helen will be sending you a brief questionnaire to get to know you better.

$700 + HST per person for shared accommodation

Rooming Description:
The Mad Musher has 4 private bedrooms with 2 shared bathrooms, and a full communal kitchen. Each room accommodates at least 2 people. Two rooms have one double bed each, one room has two sets of bunk beds, and the fourth room has a double bed and a bunk. Where people opt to share, it's possible that each person will have a ground-level bed. For double occupancy, you may share with a friend or family member, or be paired with another (same gender) workshop participant. Please inform us at the time of booking with whom you plan to share. In the event you opt to be placed in a shared room with another workshop participant and we are unable to fill the space, you will be charged the appropriate single supplement. Please see below for single supplement details.

Single Supplement:

If you would prefer single occupancy, we offer two options:
1. Private room with shared bathroom at The Mad Musher - $100+HST
2. Completely private room at Algonquin Rolling Rapids Motel across the river - $160+HST

Single occupancy is first come, first served. 

Payment Policy:
50% deposit required at time of booking to reserve your spot. All deposits are based on single supplement with the balance reflecting shared or single occupancy.
Balance due upon arrival.

Cancellation Policy:
60 days or more prior to workshop, cancellation fee is $250+HST 
31-59 days prior to workshop, cancellation fee is $350+HST 
30 days or less prior to workshop, cancellation fee is $800+HST

What can you expect during the workshop?

The workshop starts with a bit of in-class learning (approx 2-3 hrs) with Helen E. Grose in our private back room. Helen will cover some photography basics (it never hurts to brush up!), as well as settings specific to landscape and wildlife. There are also a few more advanced areas she covers, as she believes they're important components, often overlooked, yet critical to your success. And she'll cover the workshop rules, safety & ethics. After lunch, you'll head into the park with your cameras. You can also expect:

  1. ​A fair amount of driving between photo opportunities
  2. Long days - sunrise to sunset! That means leaving 30-60 minutes before sunrise.
  3. Eating breakfast on the go, returning to The Musher for lunch, likely eating dinner after sunset
  4. Photographing the sunrise, sunset, landscapes & wildlife - whatever Mother Nature presents!
  5. A short afternoon break - free time to rest, refresh, review, or explore on your own
  6. Hiking anywhere from 5-10km/day on flat, well-worn trails with some obstacles (roots, rocks etc.), and a short, steep hike to a lookout for sunset
  7. In-field instruction and back-of-camera critique
  8. A great group of like-minded people who will probably become fast friends
  9. Amazing food, simple accommodations
  10. ​A mix of photography skill levels
  11. Adventure rain, snow, or shine!
Fall Photography Workshop in Algonquin Park

About Helen E. Grose - Your Guide & Instructor!
Helen is a professional photographer who lives on a farm in Muskoka an hour away from the west gate of Algonquin. She has been going to Algonquin Park for years and has experienced some incredible moments with many of the park’s famous residents – moose, foxes, wolves, bears and beavers. She will take you to some of her favourite places and provide you with information that will help increase your chances of finding and photographing wildlife, safely and ethically.

Autumn is the season of love in Algonquin Park - visitors from around the world fall for the vibrant colours and breath-taking vistas, and moose are on the hunt for a mate. It's the perfect time to visit Canada's oldest provincial park in all its glory!

We have teamed up with Helen E. Grose for a second year to offer the Fall in Love with Algonquin Photography Workshop.

This three-day, two-night workshop is open to men and women of all ages and skill levels who are interested in nature and wildlife photography. It’s a chance to spend some time in nature in a fun and relaxed environment, learning tips and techniques to improve your photography, while being led to some of the most photogenic places - and hopefully faces! - in Algonquin Park.

We have reserved the entire lower level of riverside rooms, as well as the back room upstairs to give workshop participants the space and privacy needed to feel comfortable asking questions, sharing information and being immersed in learning. The workshop will consist of some classroom learning to start, in-field instruction and "back of camera" critique, and, of course, lots of time exploring Algonquin Park with your cameras. You'll be photographing both landscapes and wildlife.


Helen's images have been published around the globe and she's often been described as an animal whisperer. Currently, Helen teaches nature and landscape photography at Georgian College and prides herself on using simple, easy to understand language.

During this weekend, Helen will also touch on ethics in wildlife photography, as it’s an important part of any authentic encounter. While every effort is made to find wildlife to photograph, there are many factors outside her control and, therefore, no guarantees are made. 

 Space is limited to 6 participants, so reserve your spot today for this amazing photography workshop!