The Inuit Arctic Adventure in northern Canada is closer to home, yet worlds apart. For one week, we’ll live in Kuujjuaq, where our days are spent getting to know the culture and local people, and you can perfect your environmental and portrait photography skills while photographing their daily activities. We will also experience exploring the unspoiled Arctic landscape and seeking its most well-known inhabitants – Polar Bears – while we ride snowmobiles and dog sleds, escorted by our armed guards.
Each night after the magnificent sunsets, we’ll look to the expansive light show of the Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis. This is a photographic adventure to capture nature in its purest forms, from incredible sunrises and sunsets, panoramic Arctic landscapes, and polar bears in their natural habitat – a destination of a lifetime!
Arctic Adventure Itinerary
Wed. Feb. 18
arrive in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Over night at the hotel of your choice
The Quality Hotel Dorval is the closest hotel to the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Montreal Airport (YUL), the airport from which we depart from on Thursday Feb. 19th
From the New York City (Newark Airport) Porter Air flies to the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL) via Toronto, Canada
These arrangements are not included in the cost of the trip
Day 1 Montreal – Kuujjuaq Co-op Hotel
Thu. Feb. 19
10 am First Air departure from Pierre-Elliott Trudeau (YUL) Ai
12:30 pm arrival in Kuujjuaq and check in to the Co-op Hote
After getting settled in our hotel we take guided tour of this government town, scouting locations for our evening shoots.
After dinner we photograph the Northern Lights (B, L & D)
Kuujjuaq, Nunavik’s largest community, is located on the west shore of the Koksoak River, about 50 km upstream from Ungava Bay. Daily life in this community is closely tied to the mighty river. Originally named ‘Fort Chimo’ a mispronunciation of the phrase salmuk, ‘Let’s shake hands’, for the early fur traders who were warmly welcomed in this trading post. Around 1830, the Hudson Fur Trading Company started the fur trading business in Nunavik by establishing their first post on the shore of the Koksoak River. Today, Nunavik is inhabited by 10,000 Inuit who live in modern villages along the coasts of Hudson Bay. The Inuit of this region primarily speak Inuktitut, with English and French spoken as a second language. The Inuit are highly accomplished craftspeople that began to apply their carving skills to large pieces of art. Today, Inuit artists are experts at carving soapstone, many of these sculptures are found in museums and private collections throughout the world.
Day 2 Kuujjuaq – Kangiqsualujjuaq Co-op Hotel
Fri. Feb. 20
9:30 am Air Inuit departure Kuujjuaq for Kangiqsualujjuaq
10:10 am arrival in Kangiqsualujjuaq after checking into our hotel, take a guided tour of the town and visit the interpretation center to learn about the Inuit culture, after lunch spend your afternoon photographing the town and the Inuit people. Kangiqsualujjuaq occupies an exceptional site, 10 km from the Hudson Strait, on the south eastern shore of Wakeham Bay. During the winter months the Inuit fishermen pierce holes in the sea ice to harvest mussels. Hike out on the frozen ice to photograph the ice fishermen. Evening photograph the Northern Lights (B, L & D)
Day 3 Kangiqsualujjuaq Co- op Hotel
Sat. Feb. 21 after breakfast we depart on snowmobile for the village of Killiniq for our daylong photography hunt for polar bears. This evening we attend a traditional Inuit throat singing demonstration and afterwards we photograph the Northern Lights. (B, L & D)
‘Aurora Borealis’, the lights of the northern hemisphere, means ‘dawn of the north’. Aurora Borealis, or Arsaniit in Inuktitut, a natural phenomenon that is the actual collision between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. During the winter months in Nunavik the sun rises for only a few brief hours. The long, cold nights offer an amazing display of color and light of the Northern Lights.
Day 4 Kangiqsualujjuaq – Kuujjuaq Co-op Hotel
Sun. Feb. 22
10:30 am Air Inuit depart and at 11:10am arrive in Kuujjuaq
This afternoon we snowmobile to Dry Bay to photograph the polar bears and this evening is your last chance to photograph the Northern Lights (B, L & D)
Day 5 Kuujjuaq – Montreal
Mon. Feb. 23
Morning dogsledding excursion to the surrounding village
4:50 pm First Air departure to Montreal (B & L)
7:15pm arrive in Montreal and depart for your flight home
You should arrive in Montreal no later than the evening of Wednesday February 18, 2015. We depart from Montreal early on Thursday, February 19 from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL) for our flight to Kuujjuaq.
Porter Air flies to Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport from Newark Airport. This non-direct flight connects through Toronto. The closest hotel to the airport is the Quality Dorval Hotel.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is for serious amateurs and professional still photographers & videographers who have a working knowledge of their camera and want to photograph the Inuit culture, the tundra landscape and polar bears. This is an opportunity to hone your shooting technique while developing a new body of work. Participants should be highly motivated, technically self-sufficient and experienced travelers comfortable navigating and photographing a foreign culture. Participants should be physically fit, and comfortable working in the cold conditions. Special clothing is provided for this expedition.
Media and Recommended Equipment
Participants may shoot still images or video using a DSLR camera or a point and shoot camera. Optional but recommended is a computer with Lightroom, Aperture or a digital imaging cataloging program and an external hard drive for backup. For those shooting video you should have either imovie or Final Cut Pro for viewing and editing your videos. Bring at least one camera body, all your lenses, a tripod, extra camera batteries, plenty of memory cards, a flash unit(s) and any light modifiers you own, a flash light for shooting at night, all technical manuals, and a notebook and writing utensil.
The workshop fee is $6,900.00 and includes shared accommodation, all region flights, including the round trip flights between Montreal and Kuujjuaq, all group meals, English speaking guide, touring, dog sledding and snowmobile travel with armed guides to photograph the polar bears, on site photography classes and demonstrations, and gratuities for our guides. A $750.00 deposit must accompany your registration forms to secure your place in this workshop
Not included are international flights to and from Montreal, Canada, airport taxes, visas, pre-post trip Montreal hotel accommodations, personal expenses and items, some meals and beverages, and when appropriate personal photography fees when photographing individuals in the villages and any optional activities. Trip cancellation and interruption insurance and medical evacuation insurance is strongly recommended. The single supplement charge is $565.00.
You are encouraged to bring a companion who will be able to participate in all Workshop activities. Non-photographing companions are encouraged to attend.
- Photograph the Inuit people, culture and traditions
- Experience life in a small Inuit village
- Photograph the Tundra landscape, small towns during the winter
- Photograph the Northern Lights
What you will learn
- How to photograph at night
- How to light an Environmental Portrait
- To hone your photography skills
- Gain confidence
Maine Media Workshops
Your deposit is payable to the Maine Media Workshops, and the balance of the workshop cost is payable to: Arlene Collins Photography, LLC
The above is subject to change.
Terms and Conditions for Destinations Workshops
1. Reservations & Payments
A deposit as indicated on the registration page is required to confirm your reservation for the workshop. Final payment in full is due 45 days prior to the date of departure for your workshop. Maine Media Workshops + College (“Maine Media”) reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark, or upon receipt of an email providing notice of cancellation. If you provide written notice of cancellation 60 days or more prior to the departure date for your workshop, your deposit, and any additional payment, will be refunded in full, less an administration fee of $55.00. If you provide written notice of cancellation less than 60 days prior to the departure date for your workshop, your full deposit will be forfeited; any additional funds paid to Maine Media for the workshop will be refunded. No refunds of any amount will be made to persons who (i) fail to provide written notice of cancellation, or who (ii) begin a workshop, but fail to complete the workshop.
3. Basis of Rates
All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars; all payments must be made in U.S. dollars.
It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Maine Media shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries or illnesses.
5. Itinerary Changes
The itinerary for your workshop is subject to change without prior notification.
6. Passports and Visas
A valid passport is required for all travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered. If you are a U.S. citizen, Maine Media will notify you if your destination requires a visa. Non-U.S. citizens are required to contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements for their workshop. Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.
7. Medical Issues
All participants must be in good health. You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration. This document may be found on the course description page.
8. Liability Waiver
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9. Responsibility & Photography
To ensure a safe photographic experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations. The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment. No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop.