Adventure Guiding on Vancouver Island

  • Dave's new Acura MDX, North Saanich, Vancouver Island, BC Canada
  • Dave's new Acura MDX, North Saanich, Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Three years ago, I started offering private guiding to customers from all over the world including recently Australia and the United States.

If you are seeking a full time professional nature photographer, with a detailed knowledge of Vancouver Island, you have found the right person.  I have lived on Vancouver Island since 2002 and in BC since 1993.  I have traveled from the Southern Vancouver Island (where I live) to the top where San Joseph, Cape Scott Provincial Park is located.  I also have a intimate knowledge of the Port Renfrew and Tofino / Ucluelet areas with approximately 40 + trips to each location.

What "IS" included in your custom private guiding experience?

1) An AWD vehicle equipped with a fridge, portable stove, battery back up system, solar panel (spring and summer months) for charging devices and running fridge.

2) I also include cooking and cutlery normally once per day with simple options during the daytime when traveling or photographing.  I am a health conscious, gluten free (celiac) person and can accommodate gluten free food restrictions.

3) If needed, I can include one two-person tent, sleeping bags (dry cleaned after each client stay), sleeping pads, and pillow for a small additional fee.

4) I offer storage for shipping gear in advance for your Vancouver Island adventure.

5) Client pick up and drop off from Victoria International Airport and / or BC Ferries / or Port Angeles, Coho Ferry Terminal located in downtown Victoria.

6) Trip planning and advice.  I can facilitate extra activities such as helicopter / aerial shoots, whale watching trips, etc.  The activities themselves are an additional charge.

What is "NOT" included with your Vancouver Island Guiding experience.

1) trip cancellation / trip interruption insurance

2) out of province / country medical insurance.  This is mandatory for all customers visiting from outside of British Columbia, Canada.

3) Your personal items such as clothing, boots, gloves, rain gear, etc.

4) Your photography equipment.  I do have some extra items, but can't promise I will have what you need regarding equipment as we may use different brands, etc.  I am happy to help when I can!

5) Vehicle mileage as of Jan 1, 2021.  This is a per kilometer charge to cover gasoline, insurance (business and vehicle), and wear and tear on my vehicle.  Currently this fee is calculated at 55 cents per kilometer and is quoted prior to requesting a deposit.  Note, the mileage fee is set by Canada Revenue Agency and provided by my accountant.

Full day $900 + 5% GST for 1st person

Second and/or third person 

$450 + 5% GST each

Half day $500 + GST for 1st person

Second and/or third person

$250 + GST each

2 Hour Sunset or Sunrise session

$300 + GST for 1st person

Second and/or third person $150 + GST each

(note, with current US to CDN exchange rate, this is approx. $700 US per day)

To register for a guiding, please email your request for a date.  After date is confirmed an invoice with be forwarded to your email along with a secure online invoice via Square Pay (credit card payment).  Email is  I also accept e-transfers to the same address (auto deposits).

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