North of 49 Photography

Canadian Lynx Workshop

Canadian Lynx Workshop

One of the most elusive animals is the Canadian Lynx. That's why we are taking you to one of the most populated ares in Canada to photograph them with one of Canada's top tracking guides. 

 
Canadian Lynx photography workshops
 

Our location is nestled in the central interior of BC, here we are in what I like to call the heart of BC. This wilderness rich area is home to many Grizzly and Black bear in the summer months. Many ungulates such as deer and moose frequent the valleys before pushing into the bush for rut season. Lots of small little critters scamper along the forest floor bringing years of established packs that like to hunt them. In this area there has a healthy wolf, fox and Lynx population. Sometimes if you are lucky you may spot the odd cougar prowling along the higher elevated tree lines. 

We have been granted access to one of the highest populated area for Lynx in Canada. Along with that we are honoured to have one of the top guides in the industry to help us find them. He has been successful in tracking Lynx for 6 years in this area. Somedays more than one sighting has been possible.

Our location is not only home to animals but is also a great place to photograph birds. This past year they have banded 59 individual Northern Saw Whet owls around the lake. Other species you may find are Great Horned owls and Barred Owls. So when we are walking around looking for our lynx don't forget to look up for owls. 

Speaking of looking up! We will be north enough that it is possible to see the northern lights. If this is something you would like to see please let me know and I can arrange for us to go out if the forecast is in our favour. 

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Physical fitness,

Our daily trecks will be right from the lodge we are staying at. Or we will drive to a location in our 4x4 vehicles and walk in from there. Our walking distance each day should not exceed 1km or .6 of a mile into the bush. We will not be on paths,the terrain will generally be flat so no steep hill climbs or crazy terrain is in your future. You must be able to carry your own equipment on these walks as a physical fitness requirement.  

Canadian Lynx location for workshops
 

Our location offers lodging and meals included in the price. This way we don't have to spend our time driving back and fourth from our lodging and eating establishments everyday. Once you have signed up we can tell you more details on the meal plan we will provide. Please let us know of any allergies so we can properly accommodate you on this workshop. 

 
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These will be the two locations you will be staying at. The lodge on the left will be where we will eat daily. As well we have a location set up in the basement where we can do some editing and relaxing after our day in the field. The lodge on the right will be our sleeping quarters and washrooms. Both locations are equipped with hydro, electric baseboards and stove heat if needed. The maximum participants we can accept on this workshop is 4.  

 
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Know the facts about Lynx

 

The Canada Lynx resembles a gigantic housecat. It has a very short body, small tail, and long legs. Their fur coat is usually thick, long and grey in the winter and short, thin and light brown in the summer. Year-round they have black tips on the end of their tails and on their triangle-shaped ears. The Canada Lynx has a very wide face that has longer patches of fur on the side of its face – it looks like a beard!

The long, round feet of the Canada Lynx act like snowshoes by distributing their weight to help keep on top of the snow. They also have sharp claws that retract helping them to climb, fight predators and capture prey. Their feet are covered in a thick layer of fur to keep them warm in the winter.

Lynxes can be found in forested areas and make their dens underneath fallen trees, tree stumps, rock ledges or thick bushes. Lynxes are very territorial animals – males live alone and are usually only found around other lynxes during breeding season, in winter. Females stay with the baby kittens.

All their hunting is done at night, which they are well adapted with big eyes and superior hearing. Because lynxes are not fast runners, they have to be sneaky to catch their dinner. They usually bound after their prey and pounce on them from a hiding spot – some even sit still for hours to just to catch a bite!

The main source of food for this lynx is snowshoe hares. A hungry lynx will eat a whole hare for one meal, while others usually eat some and hide the rest for later. When hares cannot be found, the lynx will eat small mammals, birds and sometimes even large animals like caribou.

Predators of the lynx include cougarswolves and coyotes!

 
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You will fly into BC to the Vancouver airport, from here we will connect as a group and take our short flight to our location. From here we will drive to our lodge, this will be our location we will spend the week at. 

We will be going out in prime light conditions each day to look for our target species (The Canadian Lynx) If we plan to be out for an extended period of time we will take a bagged lunch with us. Each day we will end our journey back at the lodge with a nice dinner and friendly conversation. 

Gear requirements: lenses above 400mm or larger, we can't predict how close we will be each day. Somedays they could walk right past us as they are known to be a curious animal, for this a zoom lens could be a good option if you have one. Just remember if you want to bring a large prime lens with you, you have to carry it. If you want to bring a smaller lens for landscapes we could always take a community bag with us that I will carry for the group. 

Please use the contact us page or the book now button below if you have any other questions you would like to know about the workshop.   


Dates Novemeber 23-28th, 2018 (4 spots available)

Cost: 5995 Canadian, 4695 USD (please check conversion based off Canadian price at time of booking)

Included: Transportation from airport to location, food, lodging, guiding

Not included: Airfare, items of personal nature, gratuities, laundry, travel insurance, anything not listed as included.


Dates: January 24-29th, 2019 (2 spots available)

Cost: 6295 Canadian, 4929 USD (please check conversion based off Canadian price at time of booking)

Included: Transportation from airport to location, food, lodging, guiding

Not included: Airfare, items of personal nature, gratuities, laundry, travel insurance, anything not listed as included.