VisionQuest Creativity Vancouver Island Workshop

April 14-18, 2021

5 days, 4 nights (lodgings included)

1st night - Chateau Victoria740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC

2nd - 4th nights - West Coast Trail Lodge, Port Renfrew, BC

$1,795 US - based on double occupancy

$795 US deposit required to reserve spot.

Limited to 5 participants only (1 spots left)

To register for this workshop please visit the VisionQuest Creativity Workshop web page directly. 

  • Hatley Castle from the air, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC Canada
  • Drop in time
  • Finally
  • Hundreds of em
  • Early Avatar
  • Sheringham Lighthouse near Shirley, Vancouver Island, BC Canada
  • Sooo old
  • Coming and Going
  • Symphany of Splash

Vancouver Island is a rare undiscovered gem for landscape photography!  I lived on the Island for 17 years and continue to discover new hidden gems almost every trip.  I just love with what the island has to offer.   I'm sure you'll have a similar experience once you get a taste of Vancouver Island magic. 

This tour is designed to offer a remarkable west coast experience, the best of what Vancouver Island has to offer.  We'll start in the old Victorian style city of Victoria, British Columbia.  It's called the "Garden City" for good reason, it's bursting with flowers and is home to some of the most beautiful gardens in the world., including the famous Butchart Gardens.

We'll spend time exploring the heart of Victoria's inner harbor as well as the wilds of the rugged west coast.  You'll be presented with amazing photographic opportunities each and everyday. Expect to see and experience the breathtaking beauty of old city architecture, west coast charm, waterfalls, old growth rain forests and spectacular seascapes.


Everyone will fly in and out of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  Dave and I will make all the lodging reservations which are included in the workshop price.  You'll need to make rental car reservations out of Victoria International Airport.  A passport will also be required for entry into Canada.


• As a VisionQuest Photo Workshop, we include in the price of your registration, three very special webinar events, Two preparatory webinars before the workshop and one post-processing webinar shortly after the conclusion of the workshop.

• The first two pre-workshop webinars offer simple yet powerful creative practices. New ways of seeing and sensing into nature and your creative experience at the moment.

• The post-workshop webinar will guide you through a novel new way of approaching image processing meant to have your images fully reflect all the power and beauty of everything you saw and felt at the time of capture.


• First-night stay at the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites, 740 Burdett Ave, Victoria

• West Coast Trail Lodge

• Dedicated meeting rooms for image review, critique, and editing

• Expert photographic guidance, in and out of the field.

• Time to ask and practice all of your "how to's".


• Travel medical insurance and trip cancellation/interruption insurance.

• Any optional gratuities

• Airfare to and from Victoria International airport.

• Car rentals

• Meals while on the tour.

• Transportation to and from Port Renfrew (about 2 hours from Victoria).

• Personal items and camera gear.


• Please refer to the VisionQuest Photography web site for details.

YOUR INSTRUCTORS: Shane McDermott, Assistant Instructor Dave Hutchison 


Definitely expect great locations and incredibly dynamic conditions, But, this is a VisionQuest photo excursion, so you can expect so much more.  We'll use our five days together for creative exploration and discovery into new ways of seeing and connecting with the beauty of the west coast. 

With VisionQuest Photo Tours there is a special emphasis on your personal creative experience and expression.  This includes both the technical and mechanical use of your camera but it doesn't stop there. 

Our cameras can only record what we can see and sense at the moment.  Throughout the tour we'll explore simple yet powerful practices that help us see, sense and feel into the beauty we'll encounter in new and creative ways.  You'll learn how to couple precise technical capture with highly creative thought processes that will allow your artistic capacities to fully flourish. 

If you're wanting to take your creative expression to a completely new level, this tour will be a great fit for you!  I hope you can join us on Vancouver Island!


A good physical fitness is required for daily hikes up to 2-3 km in length (small rocks and dirt hiking trails around the Port Renfrew area are fine with decent hiking boots).  If you have mobility concerns please contact Shane or myself directly for clarification.


(note this will be detailed in a Welcome Package 30 days prior to the workshop)

Day 1

Meet at the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites at 1pm for meet and greet in a dedicated meeting room.  Check into Chateau Victoria around 3pm (might be able to check in earlier) with an early dinner around 4:30pm.  Evening shoot after dinner in the Victoria Inner Harbour & Fishermans Wharf. 

Day 2

Meet at Sooke Museum parking lot at 1pm for waterfall shoot at Mary Vine Falls (10 minute drive from the Museum).  Following Mary Vine Falls we will head to Shirley Delicious for dinner and head to close by Sandcut Beach for sunset.  Check into West Coast Trail Lodge for the remaining 3 nights.

Day 3

Meet at approx. 6:30am for morning shoot at Fairy Lake Tree (and Roosevelt Elk) or Botany Bay, Port Renfrew.  Breakfast is normally at the Coastal Kitchen Cafe around 9-10am.  1-4pm will be dedicated to image review and image processing each day.  Sunset shoot at Parkinson Beach / Parkinson Creek.  Payzant waterfalls is another option.

 (New locations scouted specifically for this workshop).

Day 4

Meet at 6:30am for morning shoot at Sombrio Beach, Sombrio Canyon and Sombrio Falls.  Note this is a light to moderate level 1 mile walk to the canyon (hiking shoes required).  Same breakfast and image processing schedule as above.  Sunset shoot at Botancial Beach (the forest walk is amazing down to Botancial Beach too).

 (New locations scouted specifically for this workshop).

Day 5

Meet at 6:30am for morning shoot, and farewell breakfast.  Shane and I will remain in Port Renfrew for the afternoon in case anyone would like to join us for an informal private session at the location of your choice.

It is simply our aim for you to learn as much as possible in our 5 days together and at the same time opening your creativity to a new level and producing amazing images.


Dave is a highly qualified and experienced photographer. His knowledge of the Vancouver Island area allowed him to plan an experience that was second to none. Throughout he was always teaching and helping. The result was a experience from which I learned much about photography and the Vancouver Island coastal area.

Stu, Kelowna, BC

Dave provided an excellent workshop. He is passionate about his profession and photography and as a result, found him to be very engaging and interesting. Dave was clearly interested and willing to determine where your ability levels were at and encouraged you to take the next steps out of your comfort zones to learn and try new techniques. I also found Dave was very generous with his time one on one in the field. I look forward to future workshops with Dave.

Don C, Kelowna, BC

Dave was very clear and concise in his explanations, very helpful when we were out taking photos and he's very passionate about his profession ... highly recommended!

Steve B, Victoria, BC

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