A few great reasons why you should consider Canada as your next vacation.

In addition to vast areas of untouched geography, abundant wildlife and some of the most photogenic seascapes in the world, there is an even more attractive reason to consider coming to Canada in 2016 while you search for your next photography workshop, the weakness of the Canadian dollar.

In a recent article in Reuters, the wrote the following, “The Canadian dollar will not gain back any ground against its U.S. counterpart in the coming year as the resource-dependent economy feels the pinch of low crude oil and commodity prices, a Reuters poll found.

Canada is the world's fifth largest producer of oil and a steep slump in its price since June last year has led to falling revenues at energy firms and pushed the currency down 10 percent in 2014. It has lost another 8 percent so far this year.

The survey of 45 foreign exchange strategists predicted the Canadian dollar will trade at C$1.26 in a month and C$1.28 by end-June. It was trading at $1.252 on Thursday.

Analysts expect the currency, known as the loonie, to hold close to C$1.27-C$1.28 between six months to a year.”

What does that mean for our tours that we run in Canada? Have a look at what you will pay in US dollars for our workshops and tours…

Snowy Owl Week Long Workshop from Jan 17 - Jan 21st, 2016 has a price of $2795Canadian. Depending on the exact currency exchange at the time of your booking would cost you somewhere around $2150USD for the five day quest for majestic Snowy and Great Grey Owls in Ontario, Canada. Be captivated by their mesmerizing eyes, witness the stealth flight on the unsuspecting voles and rodents they feed upon. Come join us and witness the magic while you capture amazing images of these very photogenic owls.

All the details are here. http://northof49photography.com/2015-owl-workshop

Aurora Workshop from October 19, 2015 to October 23, 2015 has a price of $2375 Canadian. Depending on the exact currency exchange at the time of your booking would cost you somewhere around $1825USD to visit the best location in the world for viewing the aurora borealis. As the nights grow longer, the green, red and mauve lights of aurora borealis, or northern lights, are absolutely brilliant in their dance across the sky.

All the details are here. http://northof49photography.com/2015-aurura-workshop

Yukon Winter wonderland Workshop is February 24, 2016 to March 2, 2016 and has a price of $3975CAD. Depending on the exact currency exchange at the time of your booking would cost you somewhere around $3050USD

This trip offers a close up view of life in the Yukon. Step back in time; this tour will take you on historic trails used by many trappers over the years. You learn the basics of mushing and form a close relationship with your dogs when we’re setting off into the wilderness, exploring the pristine winter wonder land of the Yukon through our lenses. If we’re lucky we may see the amazingly beautiful Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky, or see some of Yukon's abundant wildlife.

See the details here. http://northof49photography.com/yukon-winter-photography-tour

Yukon Wildlife Tour is from March 2, 2016 to March 9, 2016 and is priced at $4750CDN. Depending on the exact currency exchange at the time of your booking would cost you somewhere around $3640USD

It is said that the Moose outnumber humans two to one and the wildlife is so plentiful that visitors are amazed at the ease of accessibility with the right guides.

We have been traveling to the Yukon for two years now and have created a specific trip for wildlife enthusiasts that appreciate pristine mountain landscapes as a backdrop for their images.

See the details here. http://northof49photography.com/yukon-wildlife-tour

Nova Scotia Lighthouse Route run on June 12 to June 18, 2016 and June 19 to June 25, 2016. They are priced at $3595Canadian. Depending on the exact currency exchange at the time of your booking would cost you somewhere around $2750USD

With more lighthouses per square mile of any coastline in North America, the lighthouse route in Nova Scotia offers the photographer an abundance of lighthouses and small east coast fishing villages to capture. From the famous harbor front in Halifax, to Peggy's Cove, and Lunenburg and the whales, the photo ops are iconic.

Details for this tour are coming soon.

Newfoundland and Labrador tours are from June 9, 2016 to June 18, 2016 (Sold Out) and June 19 to June 28th, 2016. Our price in Canadian dollars are $4885 Canadian. Depending on the exact currency exchange at the time of your booking would cost you somewhere around $3750USD

On this tour to the east coast of Canada as we track down icebergs on their journey south, migratory whales that are on their journey north, and timeless lighthouses throughout the pristine landscapes along the northern coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador.

See the details here. http://northof49photography.com/new-page-1

Our east coast workshop to photograph Humpback Whales, Bald Eagles, Puffins and Icebergs runs from July 3 to July 8, 2016 and from July 9 to July 14, 2016. The price in Canadian is $2995CAD. Depending on the exact currency exchange at the time of your booking would cost you somewhere around $2300USD

Here you will join us for a trip that will have you photographing bald eagles fishing on cod in the shallow waters, humpback whales and orcas swimming and breaching in the Atlantic waters, photographing 500 pairs of mating puffins on an a private island and taking zodiac tours to photograph the icebergs as they pass down iceberg alley.

See the details here. http://northof49photography.com/newfoundland-whales-eagle-puffins-workshop

Our annual Northern Gannets Photography Workshops are on July 18 to July 20th, 2016 and July 21st to July 23rd, 2016. Our price for this workshop is $1995CAD. Depending on the exact currency exchange at the time of your booking would cost you somewhere around $1525USD

Here you will join us for three days and four nights at the largest Northern Gannet colony in the world. Our destination is Bonaventure Island, and is home to more than 55,000 nesting pairs of Northern Gannets. National Geographic Traveler Magazine ranks the area of Gaspé the number three tourism destinations in the world.

See the details here. http://northof49photography.com/bonaventure-gannet-workshop

Our west coast workshop to photograph Orcas, Bald eagles and Bears run on April 25 - 29, 2016  /  May 2 - 6, 2016 and May 9 - 13. 2016 and has a Canadian price of $3495CAD. Depending on the exact currency exchange at the time of your booking would cost you somewhere around $2680USD

This is a workshop that will have you photographing bald eagles fishing on krill, humpback whales and orcas feeding on seal and swimming and breaching in the Pacific waters, photographing black and brown bears in one of the most highly concentrated areas of Canada.

See the details here. http://northof49photography.com/british-columbia-whales-and-wildlife

Our tours across Vancouver Island run on the dates of July 25, 2016 to July 31st, 2016  /  August 1, 2016 to August 7th, 2016  /  August 8th to August 14th, 2016 and  October 17th to October 23rd, 2016 and October 24th to October 30th, 2016. We have priced this workshop at $3795CAD. Depending on when you book, the USD price will be $2900USD.

Here you will join us as we travels to the extreme west coast of British Columbia. We are headed to Vancouver Island to capture some of Canada's most pristine landscapes, whales and seascapes during a time of year when the morning fog creates a mysterious aura.

See the details here. http://northof49photography.com/2016-tofino-workshop

You can come with us to photograph one of Canada's largest herd of Bison from September 18 to September 22, 2016. Our price for this workshop is $2995Canadian. Depending on the exact currency exchange at the time of your booking would cost you somewhere around $2290USD

This is a true Northern Canada Safari on the Wild West Side of Prince Albert National Park. In addition to viewing the free ranging bison, you may also encounter wolves, elk, moose, deer, bears and countless birds and waterfowl.

See the details here. http://northof49photography.com/bison-workshop-in-saskatchewan

Our annual Autumn Aurora Hunt runs from September 24, 2016 to September 29, 2016. The price of the workshop is $3595Canadian. Depending on the exact currency exchange at the time of your booking would cost you somewhere around $2750USD

You will visit the aurora capitol of the world, Whitehorse... where the skies present the dancing lights, the landscapes are endless and Bison are known to create what’s known as the Canadian Roadblock. We will center this trip around Whitehorse and daily head out into the countryside to capture the history and auroras, and one of Canada's post picturesque areas.

See the details here. http://northof49photography.com/yukon-workshop

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.kevinpepperphotography.com