Natural Art: The Photography of Brad Hill


Into the Great Bear Rainforest Instructional Photo Tour 2022


At over 64,000 square kilometers (25,000 sq. mi.) the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest tract of temperate coastal rainforest left on Planet Earth. Here the coastal mountains meet the Pacific Ocean - the area is cut by hundreds of steep-sided inlets/fjords and there are countless islands. This true wilderness is rarely visited by humans and is stunningly beautiful in itself. And, it is literally teeming with wildlife - including Grizzly Bears, Black (and Spirit) Bears, coastal Gray Wolves, Wolverines, Sea Otters, American Martens, Bald Eagles, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Sea Otters, Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, many species of waterfowl and seabirds, and more! The ENTIRE Great Bear Rainforest is a nature and wildlife photographer's dream come true.


Think of this one as the autumn Great Bear "full meal deal" photo tour. This tour combines pre-trip online professional bear and wildlife photography instruction with 8 days of exploring the Great Bear Rainforest and photographing its inhabitants, including Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Spirit Bears, and a whole lot more! Following our day of photography instruction we will travel through the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the Afterglow - a spacious and fully customized 60' Gulf Commander powerboat. We will be assisted by professional bear guides during our 7 days of intensely working our way through the Great Bear Rainforest! While this is not a "Spirit Bear" photo tour, it is our photo tour where we put in the greatest effort to find (and photograph) - and have had our most success in "bagging" - the rare white Spirit Bear. This trip is simply an extraordinary adventure and provides unsurpassed photographic opportunities!


In late summer salmon begin their spawning runs throughout the Great Bear Rainforest. Grizzly and Black Bears, as well as other species such as coastal Gray Wolves, American Martens, and Bald Eagles, all converge on streams and rivers to exploit and feed on the seasonal bounty of salmon. And, of course, the inlets of the Great Bear Rainforest are still chock-full of marine mammals such as Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Steller Sea Lions, and more. It is a wonderful time to visit the Great Bear - and close to nirvana for wildlife photographers!

This is a multi-faceted trip, focusing not only on the bears, but on all the inhabitants of the Great Bear Rainforest - and the entire ecosystem in which they thrive. While the bears are an integral part of this trip, we will be approaching this trip with an attitude of finding and capturing any form of natural beauty and natural art we can find. This may include many species of wildlife and birds, intertidal scenes, landscapes, seascapes, and more!

Important Note: ALL of our Great Bear Rainforest photo tours are about exploring, seeing, and photographing all the riches of the Great Bear Rainforest. They are not dedicated to photographing any single species of wildlife (such as Spirit Bears or coastal Gray Wolves). We cannot guarantee that participants will return with Spirit Bear or Gray Wolf photos. But we can guarantee that we will do our absolute best to ensure they will see - and photograph - as much of the biological diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest as possible!

What are YOUR chances of seeing a Spirit Bear on this trip? Very good! Of ALL our Great Bear Rainforest trips we dedicate the MOST time to finding and photographing Spirit Bears on THIS trip. So if seeing and photographing a Spirit Bear is a priority to you, THIS is the best trip for you!

This photo tour begins in Kitimat/Terrace, BC and ends in Bella Bella, BC, Canada.

What's Included? This is an all-inclusive trip (once in Terrace, BC on Day 1) that includes your pre-trip online bear and wildlife photography instruction that is catered to the conditions and subject matter you'll encounter on the photo tour, one night of accommodation and meals in Terrace, certified bear and photography guides, and 7 nights/8 days touring through the Great Bear aboard the Afterglow.

Sample Photos? Many of the images in my very popular "Bears" photo gallery and my Animalscapes photo gallery were captured in the Great Bear Rainforest. Feel free to check them out to see what the Great Bear has to offer for a keen nature photographer!

How does this Great Bear Rainforest photo tour differ from our Spring and Summer "Southern" Great Bear photo tours? There are TWO main differences between the trips. First, on this late summer/early autumn trip we stick to the more northerly portions of the Great Bear Rainforest than on our "Southern" Great Bear photo tours. This means that the chances of seeing and photographing Spirit Bears are somewhat HIGHER on this trip. Second, on our Spring and Summer "Southern" Great Bear photo tours photo tour we tend to stick our nose into the more exposed and "saltier-and-sandier" outer islands and islets of the "Outer Great Bear". By venturing out into the Outer Great Bear we tend to have a better chance of seeing and photographing coastal Gray Wolves, Sea Otters, Sea Lions and Fin Whales. So, on average, it's safe to say that our "Into the Great Bear Rainforest" photo tours (including this trip) have slightly higher chances of producing Spirit Bear sightings (and photos), but a slightly lower chance of producing coastal Gray Wolf sightings (and photos).

OTHER Great Bear Rainforest Photo Tours Offered in 2022:

Spring in the Southern Great Bear Instructional Photo Tour
Spring in the Southern Great Bear Exploratory Photo Adventure
Summer in the Southern Great Bear Instructional Photo Tour
Summer in the Southern Great Bear Photo Op Photo Tour - The SUPER VOYAGE!
Into the Great Bear Rainforest Exploratory Photo Op Tour


PHOTO TOUR TYPE: Instructional Photo Tour (go here for a description of the types of our photo tours).

SCHEDULED PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Terri Shaddick (Huh? Who's Terri? Info here...)

DURATION: 8 NIGHTS/9 DAYS (including arrival and departure days) with 7 NIGHTS/8 DAYS in the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the Afterglow (a 60-foot fully customized Gulf Commander powerboat).

PROVISIONAL DATES: October 5-13, 2022, including arrival and departure days. October 6-13, 2022 aboard the Afterglow.



COST: $8699 CAD plus 5% GST. Currency converter available here.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TRIP: This photo tour requires a moderate level of physical fitness and good mobility. We will be walking/hiking on trails or beaches a number of times on this trip and we will be shooting images from the deck of the main boat, from within a Zodiac, and on shore. To participate in this trip you should be able to perform the following tasks:

Be able to hike up to 2-3 km (up to 2 miles) on uneven, slanted and potentially slippery terrain and/or over some obstacles that could be up to a meter or slightly more high (e.g., large fallen logs) - all while carrying your own camera gear.
Being able to easily move between the main boat and the Zodiac. This involves stepping from the deck of the Afterglow and into the Zodiac.
Be able to easily move from the Zodiac and a beach and/or rocky shoreline. This involves being able to climb over an obstacle (the side of the Zodiac!) approximately 1 meter high to or from a surface that may be unstable or slippery. This requires some balance and mobility.
Be able to shoot your camera from within a Zodiac. This involves multiple tasks, including shooting your camera while sitting on the pontoon of the Zodiac or, at times, while sitting on the floor of the Zodiac. In some cases you may find that the most convenient way to shoot will be while kneeling (on your knees) on the bottom of the Zodiac. Note that tripods can NOT be used within the Zodiac and while it is theoretically possible to use a monopod in the Zodiac, few photographers find it practical.

Note that on some occasions it WILL be possible to stand in the Zodiac when shooting, but you will be shooting while sitting or kneeling far more frequently. A degree of flexibility and/or suppleness can make your time in the Zodiac far more productive and enjoyable!

REGISTRATION: Contact me at to reserve your spot!

MORE INFORMATION? Just download THIS BROCHURE (PDF: 4.0 MB) or contact me at for more information and details about this spectacular photo tour.