Salmon and Canyon Safari - New, exciting, interesting, challenging, educational, eco-friendly and a ton of fun – British Columbia’s first ever exploratory freshwater canyon and salmon photography workshops are about to be launched with trips happening August and September 2014.
Join award winning, incredibly talented professional photographer Eiko Jones as he leads and teaches small groups of divers and underwater photographers the fine art of capturing stunning photos of various species of British Columbia salmon as they travel through fresh water rivers and underwater canyons on Vancouver Island.
These three-dive-day custom salmon and canyon exploration charters will provide you with a unique opportunity to snorkel and scuba dive in clear Vancouver Island river waters along with large numbers of returning salmon during their annual migration.
And 2014 is supposed to provide some record returns!
While most dives are in shallow running waters
and are led by a certified divemaster, divers must be at an advanced level and
in good fitness, as you will be exploring stunning river canyons, going under mighty
waterfalls, scrambling over rocky river banks with all your gear, and enjoying
some breathtaking marvels of nature amongst hundreds or thousands of salmon.
With a focus on underwater tips and tricks for capturing pictures like those on this page, you will spend time viewing and photographing Sockeye, Pink, Coho and Chinook salmon in three popular and successful rivers near Campbell River, including Gold River, Nimpkish River, the Heber River Canyon and of course the famous Campbell River.
Prepare to be amazed with the beauty of this spectacular marvel, and plan for a 5 day, 4 night adventure with three full days of diving. Your Salmon Photography Fantasy Camp may also include seining and tagging Chinook, as well as egg taking as part of your eco adventure/experience.
Or add on a bear watching/photography trip, a Campbell River whale watching trip or plan to participate in a group dive to one of many very popular Campbell River dive sites.
A waiting list is being created while the details and pricing are finalized, so if you are interested in learning more please complete and submit the form at the bottom of this page.
A preliminary itinerary for the Salmon and Canyon Exploration safaris is as follows:
Day 1 - Arrive in Campbell River, orientation meeting and gathering of divers over
dinner and drinks in the evening.
Day 2 - approx. 9 hour round trip including 2 dives in the Gold River and Heber River
Canyon. ( Sockeye, Steelhead species predominant)
Day 3 - Approx. 8 hour round trip including 2 dives in the Nimpkish River at Woss
Falls, a deep, pink granite bedrock river with a waterfall to dive under.
Day 4 - 8 hours in the Campbell River / Quinsam River watershed, shallow, swift water snorkeling and scuba diving with hundreds of thousands of Pink
Salmon. Also includes a private tour of the Quinsam Salmon Hatchery.
(2013 saw a return of over 1 million Pink Salmon, and later in the season Coho and Chinook Salmon appear).
Day 5 - Departure day with optional Whale watching or Grizzly Bear tour. SCUBA
diving in Discovery passage can also be arranged after the river trip.
(or possibly assisting Guillard Pass Fisheries Chinook egg taking on the
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